The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) program at the OICBT is based on Marsha Linehan’s evidence-based treatment model for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It aims to help people enhance their ability to manage their emotions by teaching them problem solving and coping skills. It is a skills-based treatment that is helpful for those experiencing difficulties managing difficult emotions and behaviours. 

This is a comprehensive treatment program that involves individual psychotherapy and group skills training. In order to participate in the program, participants need to commit to weekly group therapy sessions and supplementary individual therapy sessions.



Mindfulness skills are central to DBT and are integrated throughout the DBT program. The core modules of the DBT program include:

1- Emotion Regulation Skills (9 sessions)

Learning to understand, name and change emotions. 


2- Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills (7 sessions)

Learning to maintain healthy relationships and foster self-respect


3- Distress Tolerance Skills (8 sessions)

Learning to survive and manage crisis periods.



This group is offered on Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm



The cost of each group session is $50. Group participants are expected to commit to one module of treatment. The cost for individual therapy sessions ranges from $50 to $200 depending on the individual delivering the service (e.g., an advanced Ph.D. student, resident, psychologist, social worker). Prior to joining the group, participants are asked to complete a telephone screening and an intake to assess suitability.  Individual session rates apply for the intake session.


Insurance coverage

This type of service is usually covered for individuals with extended health care benefits; however, we recommend that you follow-up with your insurance company to confirm this.


Contact Information

Please click here to download a fact sheet about our CBT group for anxiety and depression.  For more information about our services or to make an appointment please contact us directly by phone (613-820-9931, ext. 0) or by email: info@ottawacbt.ca