DBT Therapy in Vancouver, Toronto and online

A scientifically-proven method to support your mental health

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A compassionate therapeutic approach

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach designed to equip individuals with essential coping skills, enhance emotional regulation, and foster healthier interpersonal relationships. Widely recognized for its compassionate nature, DBT empowers individuals to thrive amidst various challenges, whether they stem from difficulties in emotional regulation, conflicts in interpersonal dynamics, or engaging in self-destructive behaviours.

DBT is often confused with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a cognitive-focused therapeutic approach. However, rather than simply addressing negative thought patterns, DBT offers a holistic framework centred on nurturing emotional regulation. Due to their complementary nature, CBT and DBT are frequently used in conjunction with each other to provide comprehensive support tailored to individual needs.

At Phare, we offer in-person DBT therapy in Vancouver, as well as online sessions accessible in Toronto for all Canadians.

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How it works

Emotional regulation and skills development

 DBT provides individuals with a comprehensive toolkit for managing emotions, navigating relationships, and living a more fulfilling life.
The four key areas emphasised during the session are: 

Mindfulness Skills

help individuals become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the present moment without judgement. By cultivating mindfulness, individuals can learn to observe and accept their experiences without getting overwhelmed.

Distress tolerance

teaches individuals how to tolerate and cope with distressing situations without resorting to harmful behaviours. These skills help individuals navigate crises effectively and prevent impulsive actions that may worsen the situation.

Emotion regulation

focuses on helping individuals identify, understand, and manage their emotions in healthy ways. Through DBT, individuals learn techniques to recognize and label their emotions, understand the functions of emotions, and modify emotional responses that may be disproportionate or unhelpful.

Interpersonal Effectiveness:

teaches individuals how to navigate interpersonal relationships more effectively, assert their needs, and maintain boundaries while also fostering healthy connections with others. These skills include effective communication strategies, assertiveness training, and problem-solving techniques.
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In-person and online DBT therapy

Taking that first step towards mental health is always the hardest. At Phare, we aim to make our process as simple as possible, so you can match with the right DBT therapist to support your growth. 

1. Select the, match with a counsellor, button.
2. Discover counsellors that meet your needs.
3. Book a free 30-minute conversation to see if they are the right fit.

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"Phare is a responsive, consistent, and reliable service. They act quickly to support our clients and they take the time to work with people wherever they are in their mental health journey. Phare fills a gap in the mental health sector by trying to support as many people as possible, regardless of financial barriers. I am confident in referring my clients to them."

Hayley Schmalz

"Phare has been wonderful. Katie is my superhero. Her superpower  is listening…"

Michelle Edis
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"Amazing service with an amazing cause! Katie is a lovely human with all the right intentions to help anyone who comes into her life. Highly recommend her and Phare as a whole."

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does DBT differ from other forms of therapy?

DBT emphasises the balance between acceptance and change, helping individuals learn to tolerate distress while also developing skills to create positive change in their lives. Unlike traditional CBT, which focuses primarily on changing thoughts and behaviours, DBT places a strong emphasis on acceptance and validation of the individual's experiences and emotions.

What issues or conditions can DBT help with?

DBT was initially developed to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD) but has since been adapted to address a wide range of issues, including mood disorders (such as depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm behaviours, and difficulties in interpersonal relationships.

How long does DBT therapy typically last?

The duration of DBT therapy can vary depending on individual needs and treatment goals. DBT is often considered a longer-term therapy, but the length of treatment can be adjusted based on progress and individual circumstances.

Is DBT therapy suitable for individuals who have not been diagnosed with a specific mental health condition?

Yes, DBT therapy can be beneficial for individuals who may not have a specific diagnosis but are struggling with difficulties related to emotions, relationships, and self-regulation. DBT skills can be helpful for anyone looking to improve their emotional well-being, cope with stress more effectively, and enhance their interpersonal skills.

Are there any specific prerequisites or qualifications for participating in DBT therapy?

While DBT therapy is designed to be accessible to individuals with varying levels of mental health needs, it's essential to work with a qualified DBT therapist who has received specialised training in delivering this type of therapy. Therapists typically undergo extensive training and supervision in DBT before offering it to clients. Additionally, a commitment to actively engage in therapy and practise the skills taught in DBT is essential for successful outcomes.

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