Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

How to get started

Find the right Psychologist

Most of our psychologists work in the Melbourne CBD Clinic, and the rest in different locations across Melbourne. You can find out all about our psychologists – when, where and what issues they work with – on our online booking portal or you can call our reception on 03 96291001.

Personal Matching

We recommend that your first step is a Personal Matching appointment. Research shows that the key to successful outcomes is the relationship between client and psychologist. At Psychology Melbourne, we don't leave that to chance. We offer a personal matching session with one of our trained Matching Psychologists who will expertly choose the right psychologist for you and your issues.

Fees & rebates

GP Referral

All our psychologists are registered with Medicare, allowing clients with a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from their GP to receive a substantial rebate.

Note that you do not require a referral from a GP unless you intend to claim a Medicare rebate.

Find out more about MHCP Medicare rebate.

Information for referring GPs

Opening hours

Reception is open:
Mon - Thu 8:30 am - 7 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
closed public holidays

After hours appointments may also be available.

Find out more about our counselling hours and appointments.

Phone & video counselling

If you are can't get to the clinic, you can use our secure phone and video counselling services. This allows you to get expert, effective psychological help from your home, but also from work or your hotel room when you’re interstate or overseas.

FAQs

See answers to frequently asked questions about our clinics, treatment, EAP, fees and rebates.

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

—George Eliot

Developed through the work of Dr Marsha M. Linehan at the University of Washington, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) has had particular success as a treatment for suicidal behaviour, self-injuring behaviour, eating disorders, depression in the elderly, bipolar adolescents and borderline personality disorder.

DBT works fundamentally on validation and acceptance, problem-solving and change. The treatment program developed by Dr Linehan embraces learning theory, social psychology and dialectical philosopy. It has been proved effective in helping people to make changes in their behaviour and environment. It has also helped people reach an understanding of themselves which Linehan calls "radical acceptance".

Many of the skills and treatment strategies have been influenced by Buddhist principles and mindfulness meditation practices.