Gold Coast DBT provides a range of comprehensive DBT Programs from our Southport Clinic. We are a private clinic of the Australian DBT Institute and have been running DBT Programs since 2004. Our Clinical Lead, Dr. Peter King (pictured right with DBT creator Marsha Linehan) was mentored by Marsha Linehan’s training, research and development company Behavioral Tech LLC between 2003 and 2008. Dr. King hosted and completed 2 DBT Intensive Training programs with Behavioral Tech LLC in Brisbane (2004) and Melbourne (2008) as well as DBT training in Michigan, USA (2006).

Gold Coast DBT’s comprehensive programs offer individual therapy, skills groups and telephone coaching in DBT. All programs use a DBT informed approach with adaptions made to meet the specialised needs of the Australian community. All of the Gold Coast DBT clinicians have received comprehensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and are Credentialed DBT Practitioners with the Australian DBT Institute.  

 

About our DBT Groups

Problematic behaviours evolve as a way to cope with a situation or attempt to solve a problem. While such behaviours provide temporary relief, they often result in conflict, pain and overwhelm in the long-term. The function of DBT Skills Groups is to support enhance an individual’s capabilities to replace problematic behaviours with more skillful means of coping.

 

There are four sets of skills taught in our DBT groups:

Gold Coast DBT’s comprehensive programs offer individual therapy, skills groups and telephone coaching in DBT. All programs use a DBT informed approach with adaptions made to meet the specialised needs of the Australian community. All of the Gold Coast DBT clinicians have received comprehensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and are Credentialed DBT Practitioners with the Australian DBT Institute. 

Gold Coast DBT facilitates three adult DBT groups each week. Individuals are allocated to groups that are the best fit for the individual requesting a referral to our DBT groups. Current group participants are considered when making new referrals and allocations to each DBT group. 


– Group Location: Southport Group & Training Room (19 Short Street Southport QLD 4215) 

– Group Duration: Weekly sessions of 2 hours duration

– Weekly Fees: $50 per group session

– Intake Dates: Last week of January; first week of April; first week of July; and first week of October

Group 1: Mondays starting at 5pm; Group 2: Wednesdays starting at 11am; Group 3: Wednesdays starting at 5.30pm


DBT Group Modules (Our full adult program runs over 27 weeks)

Distress Tolerance

– Week 1: Introduction/Mindfulness

– Week 2: Mindfulness

– Week 3: TIPP Skill

– Week 4: Dual Awareness

– Week 5: Distraction

– Week 6: Pros & Cons

– Week 7: Half Smile Willing Hands

– Week 8: Radical Acceptance

– Week 9: Module Review

 

Emotion Regulation

– Week 1: Introduction/Mindfulness

– Week 2: Mindfulness

– Week 3: Dialectics

– Week 4: Model for Managing Emotions

– Week 5: Model for Managing Emotions

– Week 6: Opposite Action

– Week 7: PLEASE Skills & Pleasant Events

– Week 8: Values & Priorities

– Week 9: Module Review

 

Interpersonal Effectiveness

– Week 1: Introduction/Mindfulness

– Week 2: Mindfulness

– Week 3: Validation

– Week 4: Behavioiuralism

– Week 5: GIVE Skills

– Week 6: FAST Skills

– Week 7: DEAR Man Skills

– Week 8: Evaluating Options and Trouble Shooting

– Week 9: Module Review

Gold Coast DBT facilitates two youth DBT groups each week. Individuals are allocated to groups that are the best fit for the individual requesting a referral to our DBT groups. Current group participants are considered when making new referrals and allocations to each DBT group. Groups can be attended online or in person at out group & training room.

– Group Location: Southport Group & Training Room (19 Short Street Southport QLD 4215) 

– Group Duration: Weekly sessions of 90 minutes duration

– Weekly Fees: $50 per group session

– Intake Dates: Last week of January; first week of April; first week of July; and first week of October

– Group 1 (13-15yo) Fridays starting @ 3pm; Group 2 (16-18yo) Fridays starting @ 4.30pm 

 

Module 1 (Youth Program)

– Week 1: Introduction/Mindfulness

– Week 2: Distraction and TIPP Skills (Distress Tolerance)

– Week 3: Dual Awareness (Distress Tolerance)

– Week 4: Radical Acceptance & Half Smile/Willing Hands (Distress Tolerance)

– Week 5: Mindfulness

– Week 6: Validation (Middle Path Skills)

– Week 7: Dialectics (Middle Path Skills)

– Week 8: Behaviouralism (Middle Path Skills)

– Week 9: Module 1 Review

 

Module 2 (Youth Program)

– Week 1: Introduction/Mindfulness

– Week 2: Understanding Emotions (Emotion Regulation)

– Week 3: Changing Emotions & Opposite Action (Emotion Regulation)

– Week 4: Coping Ahead & PLEASE (Emotion Regulation)

– Week 5: Mindfulness

– Week 6: GIVE Skills (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

– Week 7: FAST Skills (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

– Week 8: DEAR MAN (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

– Week 9: Module 2 Review

Gold Coast DBT facilitates two youth DBT groups each week. Individuals are allocated to groups that are the best fit for the individual requesting a referral to our DBT groups. Current group participants are considered when making new referrals and allocations to each DBT group. Groups can be attended online or in person at out group & training room.

 

– Group Location: Southport Group & Training Room (19 Short Street Southport QLD 4215) 

– Group Duration: Weekly sessions of 90 minutes duration

– Weekly Fees: $50 per group session

– Intake Dates: Last week of January; first week of April; first week of July; and first week of October

– Group 1 (13-15yo) Fridays starting @ 2pm; Group 2 (16-18yo) Fridays starting @ 4pm 

 

 

Module 1 (Youth Program)

– Week 1: Introduction/Mindfulness

– Week 2: Distraction and TIPP Skills (Distress Tolerance)

– Week 3: Dual Awareness (Distress Tolerance)

– Week 4: Radical Acceptance & Half Smile/Willing Hands (Distress Tolerance)

– Week 5: Mindfulness

– Week 6: Validation (Middle Path Skills)

– Week 7: Dialectics (Middle Path Skills)

– Week 8: Behaviouralism (Middle Path Skills)

– Week 9: Module 1 Review

 

 

Module 2 (Youth Program)

– Week 1: Introduction/Mindfulness

– Week 2: Understanding Emotions (Emotion Regulation)

– Week 3: Changing Emotions & Opposite Action (Emotion Regulation)

– Week 4: Coping Ahead & PLEASE (Emotion Regulation)

– Week 5: Mindfulness

– Week 6: GIVE Skills (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

– Week 7: FAST Skills (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

– Week 8: DEAR MAN (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

– Week 9: Module 2 Review

NO CURRENT GROUPS IN 2021 – please contact our admin team to be put on the waiting list!

 

Module 1

– Week 1: Introduction/Mindfulness

– Week 2: Distraction and TIPP Skills (Distress Tolerance)

– Week 3: Dual Awareness (Distress Tolerance)

– Week 4: Burning Bridges (AOD Specific) & Half Smile/Willing Hands (Distress Tolerance)

– Week 5: Mindfulness & Clear Mind (AOD Specific)

– Week 6: Alternate Rebellion (AOD Specific Content)

– Week 7: Dialectical Abstinence (AOD Specific Content)

– Week 8: Behaviouralism and Addiction (AOD Specific Content)

– Week 9: Module 1 Review

 

 

Module 2

– Week 1: Introduction/Mindfulness

– Week 2: Understanding Emotions (Emotion Regulation)

– Week 3: Changing Emotions & Opposite Action (Emotion Regulation)

– Week 4: Coping Ahead & PLEASE (Emotion Regulation)

– Week 5: Mindfulness & Clear Mind (AOD Specific)

– Week 6: FAST & GIVE Skills (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

– Week 7: DEAR MAN Skills (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

– Week 8: Community Reinforcement (AOD Specific)

– Week 9: Module 2 Review

 

 

Gold Coast DBT Clinic’s online DBT Groups are run on DBT Assist.

 

 

Monday Adult Group (5.30pm)
– Tuesday Adult Group (5pm) 

– Tuesday DBT Graduate Group (7pm) from 2022
– Wednesday Adult Group (5.30pm)  

Are you a carer, family member, partner or friend of someone who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and/or extreme emotional dysregulation? If you are, C-DBT is a program that can provide you with support and practical skills to effectively embrace compassion and wisdom each day to fully experience and participate in life!

 

– Group Location: Southport Group & Training Room (19 Short Street Southport QLD 4215) 

– Time & Day: Saturday mornings from 8am

– Group Duration: Weekly sessions of 2 hours duration

– Weekly Fees: $20 per group session

 

Goals of our DBT Group Program:

– To decrease life-threatening behaviours (e.g. self-injurious behaviour, suicidal thoughts, family violence, threats and/or attempts)

– To increase personal coping skills

– Improve quality of life

– Improve overall stabilisation and capacity to engage further therapy (if individuals choose to engage in deeper therapy)

 

DBT Group Participant Expectations: 

– Attend weekly group sessions and individual therapy sessions (individual sessions can continue to be with your existing therapist)

– 2-3 weeks leave in between each 9-week module

– Complete weekly homework tasks (homework task identified in group each week & watch at least one skills training video within 48 hours of group)

– Abide by the guidelines of the program including: not entering relationships with other participants, not attending intoxicated or hungover and being on time  (see DBT Group Guidelines in this section)

– Payment of weekly fees for individual therapy (negotiate with your individual therapist) and group is charged on a module or fortnightly basis

 

DBT Group Inclusion Criteria:

– Individuals who have an existing individual therapist or would like to receive individual therapy via Telehealth through the Australian DBT Institute or our partners

– Individuals who experience several of the following:

– Life-threatening behaviours

– Quality-of-life interfering behaviours

– Recurrent suicidal thoughts or attempts

– Difficulty in interpersonal relationships

– Frequent mood swings

– Intense fear of abandonment

– Sense of emptiness or confusion about self

– Family conflict

 

DBT Group Exclusion Criteria:

– Individuals who are actively suicidal, homicidal or in need of crisis management rather than stabilisation work 

– When the safety of facilitators or participants cannot be assured

– Individuals with active episodes of psychosis, visual and/or auditory hallucinations which impact functioning

– Individuals with cognitive impairment which impacts capacity for insight and new learning 

Referral Options & Fees for individuals interested in DBT Groups

Gold Coast DBT Clinic welcomes referrals from GPs, Psychiatrists and other health professionals. Individual are able to self-refer to our programs as well.

 

Fees will depend on your payment method:

– Private Fee-for-Service from $50 per session (discount offered for upfront payments and individuals must commit to paying for a full module even if they choose not to attend any session). 

– Mental Health Plans from $50 per session. Please note that mental health plans will only cover 10 group sessions each calendar year

– NDIS & Work Cover will depend on your plan with sessions from $64.66

 

Five options for referral to our DBT Groups:
1. Call our team on 07 5647 3438
2. Email or team at admin@goldcoastdbt.com
3. Fax your referral to 07 5676 6771

4. Secure referrals via Medical Objects to Dr. Peter King (5949971K)

5. Complete the form below

Contact us about our DBT Programs

All Gold Coast DBT Clinic's Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Programs use DBT Assist!

DBT Assist is an innovative education portal developed by the Australian DBT Institute to support individual participants in DBT programs with 24/7 access to DBT Skills and additional resources through an app and online!