Group Therapy

Adolescent Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Informed Skills Group

Now Accepting Referrals for Module 4: Mindfulness & Interpersonal Effectiveness (6 weeks, beginning November 2, 2020)

Groups will be offered virtually to ensure safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Middle Path Therapy offers an Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed skills group. This is a 90-minute group with teens and young adults, age 14-21 and a primary caregiver held on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

DBT is a type of therapy that helps people learn to control their emotions. DBT offers concrete skills to use in the moment to build awareness and regulate the intensity of your emotional responses with the goal of building a life worth living. The five modules covered in DBT skills group include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, walking the middle path, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

Please note that currently we are only able to offer skills group only

The modules covered in a full 24 week cycle of skills group include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness and Walking the Middle Path

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this group for?

Adolescents age 14- 17 with difficulty managing intense emotions and their parent/primary caregiver

When is the group offered?

Monday evenings 6:00-7:30 pm.

Where are you located?

Middle Path Therapy is located at 200-70 Arthur Street in Winnipeg's exchange district. Street parking is available in the evenings for free and the building is accessible by elevator. During the COVID-19 Pandemic groups will be offered virtually to ensure safety of clients and facilitators.

Do I have to attend the full 24 week cycle of skills groups?

The full cycle of DBT skills group takes 24 weeks to complete. Clients are encouraged to attend all 24 weeks consecutively in order to get the most out of the group, however there is the option of registering for each 6 week module individually. Clients must commit to a full six week block of skills training to participate.

What is the cost of group?

$125.00/per 90 min skills group. $750.00/per 6 week skills training block. New clients to Middle Path Therapy require 50 minute intake assessment $110.00 prior to attending group to review clients history, goals for therapy and determine if group is the right fit.

*individuals with Extended Health Care benefits may be eligible for coverage. Check your benefits to determine whether you are covered for occupational therapy services. Invoices can be provided upon request for insurance purposes however we cannot guarantee reimbursement from your provider.

Why are both teenagers and their primary caregiver required to attend group sessions?

In skills group both the adolescent and their primary caregiver are required to participate in group and are held equally accountable for learning and practicing skills. This is for a few reasons. Firstly, it ensures caregivers are connected and in the know during therapy. They are provided with the same information as their teen which can help generalize skill learning outside of group. Secondly, it allows the caregiver to learn skills alongside their teen and apply them to their own daily interactions both at home, at work etc. Finally, learning and applying these skills allows caregivers to learn to regulate their own emotions and in turn respond more effectively to their teen during emotionally intense moments.


Requirements for Participation

  1. Clients must be under the care of a primary mental health clinician (e.g., occupational therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor, social worker)

  2. One consistent parent must attend alongside the adolescent in group. This is expected for the purpose of generalizing the skills outside of group and for parents to learn skills to manage their own emotions and improve their communication skills.