Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is DBT?

For individuals who struggle with extremely intense emotions and the destructive behaviors that can go along with that, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) offers an approach to treatment that can be life-changing.

Acceptance and change are the heart of DBT because it validates the reality of someone’s pain while helping them hold the truth that change is possible. Through individual and group work, DBT helps them learn to accept their emotions without necessarily acting on them. At the same time, they’re empowered to replace harmful behaviors with skillful ones.

For many who have tried and failed a thousand times to overcome extreme emotion dysregulation, the mindful, supportive, and structured nature of DBT offers a chance to build a life worth living.

Pioneered by Dr. Marsha Linehan to help chronically suicidal individuals, DBT is now considered the gold standard for treating borderline personality disorder (BPD). It can also help those who struggle with emotion dysregulation, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, and PTSD.


In-house research shows that those who participate in our DBT program for a full year have a 28% reduction in difficulties in emotion regulation, 105% increase in overall state, a 49% reduction in borderline symptoms, a 45% reduction in problematic borderline behaviors, and an average 43% reduction in behavior and functioning difficulties after the first year*.
*Data collected using the BASIS-32, BSL-23, and DERS.


Inner Solutions™ is a Certified DBT Program

DBT-Linehan Board of Certification has granted Inner Solutions™ Ltd. the distinction of being a Certified DBT Program. This recognition reflects the need for accurate and full-fidelity delivery of DBT. Our mission is to assure those we work with that they are getting the highest standards of practice when entering into a treatment protocol.

We stand on the ethical delivery and practice of empirically supported, evidence-based treatments delivered from a team of determined, passionate professionals who are invested in bringing together all our knowledge to assist your struggles.

Note: Inner Solutions™ is the only Certified DBT Program in Canada, and Jessica Heil (Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor) is Alberta’s only certified DBT clinician.