The Hollywood Clinic
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy at The Hollywood Clinic

Type Day patient program 
Frequency/duration 1 day a week for 12 weeks 
Who is it for For people experiencing frequent and intense changes in their emotional state often leading to self-damaging behaviours.
About the program Dialectical Behaviour Therapy focusses on helping patients learn new skills and ways to manage their emotions. The program is highly structured and includes modules on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. The modules are outlines in more depth below.
Additional information

An integral part of this program is a commitment to regular group attendance and practise of the skills introduced.

You will require private health insurance or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) entitlements or agree to self-fund this course.

Enquiries If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please call 9346 6803 during business hours or email

Many people with emotional dysregulation react impulsively to emotions and can feel under ‘emotional duress’. Mindfulness skills are a core component of DBT because the skills help people to become more aware of their state of mind and learn how to respond to emotions on the basis of their ‘wise mind’. The skills introduced will demystify mindfulness by breaking the process down into steps that can be practised. Mindfulness skills can help patients experience the present moment and overcome habitual, negative judgements about themselves.

The distress tolerance module is focussed on developing practical crisis survival skills. These set of skills help people to reduce their reliance on problematic ways of coping with intense emotions. Distress tolerance skills are essential to overcome behaviours associated with distress intolerance and impulsivity, such as substance use, disordered eating, and self-harm.

Emotion regulation is at the heart of the DBT skills program. This module begins with developing an in depth understanding of emotions. This is a prerequisite in learning how to regulate emotions. The module also includes cognitive and behavioural skills that can become powerful tools to modulate the intensity of emotions. The skills introduced also help people to reduce their vulnerability to emotional dysregulation by building up positive experiences and attending to health issues.

Interpersonal Effectiveness is focused on developing skills to express feelings and needs, set limits, negotiate solutions and validate the feelings of others. This final module of the program is specifically aimed at improving relationships and respecting personal values and beliefs.

The program requires attendance at a group session each week, comprising 2 x 1.5 hour sessions, for 12 weeks and an ongoing commitment to individual therapy. An integral part of the program is a commitment to regular group attendance and practice of the skills introduced.

If you would like more information about the program, please contact the Program Coordinator on 9346 6803

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)