Group Timetable 2021/22

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Group Modules​ (Adult)
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Bendigo): Commencing Tuesday 13th July- 14th September 2021 4-5:30pm.
  • Distress Tolerance Module (Bendigo): Commencing Tuesday 5th October -7th December 2021 4-5:30pm.
  • Emotion Regulation Module (Bendigo): Tuesday 1st February -5th April 2022 4-5:30pm.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Bendigo): Commencing Tuesday 11th July -19th September 2022 4-5:30pm.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Group Modules​ (Teen)
  • Distress Tolerance Module (Location TBC): Commencing Tuesday 5th October -7th December '21 4-5:30pm.
  • Emotion Regulation Module (Location TBC): Tuesday 1st February -5th April 2022 4-5:30pm.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Module (Location TBC): Commencing Tuesday 11th July -19th September 2022 4-5:30pm.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Graduate Group (Online) 
  • Our graduate program is open to anyone who has already completed all 4 DBT modules, regardless of where they have been completed. Groups run online on the first Monday of every month, 4:30-5:30pm
Learn Mindfulness 
  • Do you find yourself thinking about the past or worrying about the future? Perhaps worrying about what you will say next in a conversation, or replaying the details of a past experience over and over in your mind. This 5 week course is all about learning how to be intentional with your attention so that you can experience the richness of life, be more effective, and reduce painful thoughts and feelings. The course will look at what mindfulness is (and what it is not!), why mindfulness is beneficial (or why mindlessness is problematic!), and how to practice mindfulness in everyday life.
Grief & Loss Group
  • Dealing with grief and loss can be a fraught and lonely experience. Join our 5 week course to gain support and strategies for managing loss of any sort, be it a relationship; a pet; a loved one; physical health; or aspects of self-identity. Throughout this program, we aim to provide you with an understanding of the stages of grief, support you to process your loss, and find a way of moving on with your life, whilst honouring the memory of your loved one.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group
  • The ACT group program runs the course of 10-weeks for anyone aged 18 years and older. ACT is an evidence-based therapy which has shown to be effective in treating a range of psychiatric and mental health conditions. ACT aims to build psychological coping tools for difficult emotions and thoughts, and to increase valued living through changing behaviours. By increasing psychological flexibility through acceptance and mindfulness, the program aims for the individual to live a fuller, richer and more meaningful life, leading to increasing daily functionality and life satisfaction.

Anger Management Group
  • Do you feel like you fly off the handle as soon as you experience feelings of anger? Or maybe you bottle up your anger over and over until you explode later in response to a more minor trigger. We are all going to experience anger to some degree in our lives, so this 6 session program is here to help you understand what triggers your anger, to identify warning signs that anger is starting to build, and to help you develop skills to channel it effectively with practical strategies.
Tuning Into Kids Group
  • Tuning Into Kids® is an 8-week program for parents/care givers of children aged 4 – 12 years, who want to learn emotionally intelligent parenting. This program teaches parents and care givers the skills of emotion coaching – a way of responding to children when they experience emotions, that helps them learn to understand and manage their emotions. The group is only suitable for the parent/care givers attendance.
All our Group Programs are open for referral.
The cost of each 10 week DBT module is up to $326 and you may be able to receive Medicare rebates if you have an existing Mental Health Care Plan from your GP. 
Feel free to call or email us to make an initial intake appointment with us to discuss what support you are needing and how we can help you.
We will then book you in for the module you are interested in, and make a plan with you to meet your overall treatment needs or the goals you have for therapy.
Our programs tend to run in the evenings and fit around the school terms.
If you are interested in any of our programs, please contact us.  Our waiting list is run by date of contact and first appointment and places are strictly limited.
The program is delivered under the Better Outcomes Medicare Scheme, which provides substantial Medicare rebates for group and individual sessions. See our FAQ and Fees page for further information. We run our modules over 10 weeks as this allows group members to access 1 full module with Medicare rebated sessions per calendar year. 
For more information on the content of our DBT program, you can go to our information on DBT or visit 

What is DBT?

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a modified version of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) which was originally designed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD). It has also been found to be highly effective in treating other conditions such as: suicidal behaviour; self-harm; substance use; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD; depression and eating disorders as well as much more.

How DBT works

The term ‘dialectical’ means ‘working with opposites’. DBT uses seemingly opposing strategies of ‘acceptance’ and ‘change’. The therapist accepts you just as you are, but acknowledges the need for change in order for you to recover, move forward and reach your personal goals.
During a course of DBT, the therapist works with you to help you move away from a chaotic life and towards a life that you find personally meaningful and fulfilling, what we would call, ‘your life worth living’.
DBT involves developing two sets of acceptance-oriented skills and two sets of change-oriented skills.

Acceptance-oriented skills

Learning how to focus your awareness on the present moment, and to acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and bodily sensations as they occur, without the need to control or manipulate them.
Distress tolerance
Learning how to manage and cope during a crisis, and to tolerate distress when it is difficult or impossible to change a situation. Learning to accept any given situation just as it is, rather than how you think it should be, or want it to be. Learning new skills like distraction and self-soothing, for both coping with and improving distressing moments.

Change-oriented skills

Emotional regulation
Learning how to effectively manage your emotional experience, and not allow your emotions to manage you.
Interpersonal effectiveness
Learning assertiveness strategies to appropriately ask for what you want or need. Learning how to say no, and how to manage interpersonal conflict in a way that maintains respect for yourself and others.

DBT at Birch Tree Psychology

We have adapted the traditional DBT programme to fit better with our clients’ needs. We facilitate DBT skills groups over 10 week modules so that 10 Medicare rebates can be obtained per calendar year and cover 1 full module. It is normal to go through the programme twice to achieve the full benefits. In its standard form, there are three ways you receive DBT during the program:

DBT skills training group

A group facilitator teaches specific skills in a classroom setting, and sets tasks for the group members to practise between sessions. The skills training group typically meets once weekly, usually for around 1½ hours, across the 10-week program.

Individual therapy

Running at the same time as the group, individual therapy typically occurs weekly to enhance your motivation and commitment to the program. It’s also an opportunity to discuss and apply specific DBT skills to your current everyday life.


Between-sessions telephone coaching

On-the-spot telephone coaching from your therapist can be available at times during the week when you’re struggling. Your therapist guides you and encourages you to apply your new DBT skills to address and manage your issues.
Learn more about DBT from Marsha Linehan, the creator of DBT, by clicking here.