Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a treatment developed by psychologist, Marsha Linehan. This therapy has been designed specifically to help clients cope with difficulties such as regulating intense emotions, anger, impulsiveness, among other problem behaviours. Much of what you will learn during DBT is ways in which you can manage and maintain a more positive outlook on life despite overwhelming circumstances.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy consists of two components: individual therapy and DBT Skill Training. During DBT Skills Training, participants learn skills that are essential for living a life worth living. These skills are applied to the participant’s own situation during individual therapy.
DBT Skills Training helps individuals experiencing a wide range of behavioral and emotional difficulties learn to identify and change negative thought and behavior patterns.
Skills training groups are held weekly in eight-week blocks. Each eight-week block includes the Mindfulness module (2 weeks) and one of the following modules: Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, or Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Clients commit to for one full eight-week block. When they complete three consecutive eight-week blocks, they received intense skills training comparable to the standard 24-week comprehensive DBT skills training program as developed by Marsha Linehan.
Applying the skills learned in the DBT Skills training requires ongoing therapy while participants attend their DBT Skills Training group. Individual therapy with a therapist at least once per month is therefore required.
The DBT Skills training includes worksheets, reflection exercises, as well as role-play activities and short presentations. Each session is around 90 minutes. Attendance to all sessions within one block is required for treatment success.
Indigenous Peoples, who have federal treaty benefits, might qualify to have costs covered through Non-Insured Health Benefits by applying for pre-approval. Métis Nation Citizens might qualify for funding by applying for pre-approval through Métis Nation Saskatchewan.
The participation fee (when paid privately) is payable per block of 8 weeks or in one payment for the full 24 weeks of sessions. Please see the description below if you think you qualify for insurance or other coverage.
After completing an intake session, participants register for attendance per block of 8 weeks. Clients are placed in a cohort of a maximum of 14 group participants. Payment in full prior to the first session, unless you qualify for NIHB or coverage through Métis Nation.
We are allowing a continuous intake, meaning new participants can join when the next block of 8 sessions starts.
Most private insurance companies will reimburse clients for psychological therapy sessions. It is the responsibility of the client to know what their insurance coverage policies provide. Receipts are provided for both insurance and tax purposes.
Pre-Registration for the upcoming block for the DBT Skills Group Counselling is now open. Please complete the short form below to indicate your desire to register. Within 24 hours, you will receive a secure link to the confidential DBT Intake Form in our Electronic Health Records System (make sure to check your spam folder) to complete. After completing the DBT Intake Form, an STG Professionals will contact you to discuss your program participation.
and Greater Saskatchewan
In general, STG Health Services can provide services through video conferencing anywhere in Saskatchewan, as long as a broadband highspeed Internet connection is available.
DBT Facilitators at STG Health Services Inc. have completed DBT training at a recognized training institute and have extensive experience in counselling, coaching and consultation.