DBT Skills training

Problematic behaviors evolve as a way to cope with a situation or attempt to solve a problem. While these behaviors might provide temporary relief, they are often not effective in the long-term. DBT assumes that clients are doing the best they can, AND they need to learn new behaviors in all relevant contexts.

The function of DBT Skills is to help enhance a client’s capabilities. There are four skills taught in DBT:

  • Mindfulness: The practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment
  • Distress Tolerance: How to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: How to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
  • Emotion Regulation: How to change emotions that you want to change


EMDR utilizes the natural healing ability of your body. After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist’s finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes a bar of moving lights or headphones are used instead. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings.

In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Sleep problems
  • Complicated Grief
  • Addictions
  • Pain relief, phantom limb pain
  • Self-esteem and performance anxiety