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Anew group ther­apy pro­gram to sup­port peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties with per­sonal re­la­tion­ships or reg­u­lat­ing emo­tions, is now avail­able through the psy­chol­ogy clinic at St An­drew’s Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal.

Com­menc­ing in July, the pro­gram called Dialec­ti­cal Be­hav­iour Ther­apy (DBT) Skills Train­ing, has proven to be ef­fec­tive for peo­ple who may have: dif­fi­culty reg­u­lat­ing their emo­tions; a his­tory of com­plex trauma; bor­der­line per­son­al­ity dis­or­der; or be­hav­iours as­so­ci­ated with im­pulse con­trol in­clud­ing self-in­jury and binge eat­ing. The DBT Skills Train­ing aims to im­prove the lives of par­tic­i­pants by build­ing four core ar­eas. Th­ese are: 1. Mind­ful­ness; 2. In­ter­per­sonal Ef­fec­tive­ness; 3. Dis­tress Tol­er­ance; and 4. Emo­tion Reg­u­la­tion Skills. This train­ing is con­ducted over a 24–week pe­riod, one morn­ing per week. Two spe­cially trained ther­a­pists con­duct the small group of up to 10 par­tic­i­pants per ses­sion. The psy­chol­ogy clinic also of­fers a di­verse range of other reg­u­lar day pro­grams to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als achieve their mental health and well­ness goals. Th­ese in­clude: Im­prov­ing self-es­teem; Un­der­stand­ing and man­ag­ing de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety; Mind­ful­ness; Well­ness and re­silience; and Cog­ni­tive Be­hav­iour Ther­apy Gen­eral Skills pro­gram (aimed at in­creas­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal flex­i­bil­ity, re­silience and cre­at­ing over­all psy­cho­log­i­cal well­ness). Cost to at­tend the group ses­sions are typ­i­cally cov­ered by pri­vate health funds. If you do not have pri­vate health cover, please con­tact the clinic to dis­cuss the costs in­volved.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book into the DBT Skills Train­ing start­ing in early July, please tele­phone the St An­drew’s Psy­chol­ogy Clinic on (07) 4646 3014.

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