Searchlight Psychology offers a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program for the Cairns region.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioural therapy that was originally developed for people suffering from ongoing suicidal thoughts, self-harm behaviours, severe emotion dysregulation and in particular for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It has now been proven to be effective in treating people with a wide range of disorders and problems related to emotion dysregulation and associated cognitive and behavioural patterns.

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Cairns Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program

DBT Program Information (Adult Program - 18+ years of age)

Searchlight Psychology offers the gold standard in DBT programs which consists of two essential elements.

  1. Individual Therapy Sessions – 50 minutes per week
  2. Group Skills Training – 2 hours per week

5 Months (20 Weeks) Duration & 4 Modules

  1. Mindfulness (5 weeks). This is a core component of DBT and interwoven throughout the course of the program. Individuals are taught present moment awareness and how to non-judgementally attend to reality through developing skills related to observing, describing and participating mindfully in their lives.
  2. Interpersonal Effectiveness (5 weeks). This module teaches assertive communication strategies and individuals are taught how to effectively have their needs met in their relationships while identifying and maintaining healthy boundaries and self-respect.
  3. Emotion Regulation (5 weeks). Participants learn emotional literacy and how to effectively regulate and cope with emotional sensitivity. This is achieved through learning how to understand emotions, change unwanted emotions, reduce vulnerability to emotional reactivity and manage extreme emotions.
  4. Distress Tolerance (5 weeks). This module consists of crisis survival skills. Participants learn reality acceptance skills, finding meaning in crisis, and learn how to better tolerate stressful events and situations in their lives.

It is recommended that participants complete two rounds (10 mths) of the skills training to achieve the maximum benefit of the program. We accept referrals ongoing and there are 6 group intakes at varying intervals throughout the calendar year. We have written an article to provide more information on DBT. To refer yourself or someone you know please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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Our DBT Program Fees

Our DBT program is a private therapeutic service and is subject to fees. Individual therapy sessions and Group Therapy sessions may be eligible for Medicare rebates with a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan. Fees for the group are required to be paid in full prior to starting skills training and are non-refundable. Payment plans, NDIS, Medicare and DVA rebates may also be available for eligible participants. Individual sessions are additional to the cost of the group and are paid as attended on a weekly basis. The Program requires a commitment to attend group skills once a week and is held after hours every Wednesday 5.30-7.30pm.

  • 20 Week Program: $2,400
  • Weekly Individual Therapy: TBA On application
Cairns Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Program

Entry To Searchlight’s DBT Program

Participants are expected to attend an initial 2-6 individual sessions before entering the group component of the program and individual sessions occur weekly in conjunction with group skills training. Initial sessions are for the purpose of intake and assessment to determine suitability and to develop commitment to participating in the program. We accept referrals from practitioners as well as self-referral. We encourage interested participants and their support persons to come into Searchlight Psychology for a free 30 min information session prior to enrolment in the program.

Searchlight Psychology specialises in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, which is proven to provide effective treatment for people with a wide range of disorders and problems.

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