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 therapy, class work and phone coaching, 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. DBT is available to anyone regardless of their diagnosis.


In-house research shows that those who participate in our DBT program for a full year have a 22% reduction in difficulties in emotion regulation, 47% increase in overall state, a 36% reduction in borderline symptoms, a 35% reduction in problematic borderline behaviors, and an average 39% reduction in behavior and functioning difficulties after the first year*.
*Data collected using the BASIS-32, BSL-23, and DERS.

Comprehensive DBT Program

It is highly recommended that clients complete our Comprehensive DBT Program in full to receive the highest likelyhood of improvement. This program works as a combination of:

  • weekly in-person individual sessions,
  • a 24 week in-person skills class,
  • in the moment guidance on skills use with phone coaching.

Clients should expect a commitment of about a year of treatment for best results.

Live outside of Calgary? All aspects of this program can also be done online from anywhere in Alberta.

DBT-Informed Therapy Sessions

If deemed applicable by their therapist, individuals can receive DBT-Informed Therapy. DBT-Informed treatment incorporates the principles of DBT without the Skills Class or Phone Coaching aspects of the Comprehensive Treatment.

DBT for Adolescents & Families

Families looking to register their adolescent (ages 15-17) for DBT Therapy must enrol in our 24 week DBT-A Multi Family Skills Class, which is a weekly in-person skills class that works to provide a Comprehensive DBT treatment in combination with:

  • weekly in person individual sessions
  • in the moment guidance on skills use with phone coaching.

It is mandatory that parent(s) attend and participate in the Multi Family Skills Class as well as be available to meet individually if it is deemed effective for their adolescent’s progress in treatment. Families should expect a commitment of about a year or more for best results. This program is not currently offered online.

What if I only need the Skills Class?

Although it is highly recommended that clients complete our Comprehensive DBT Program in full to receive the highest likelyhood of improvement. For individuals desiring to take the Skills Class without the individual therapy and phone coaching, we can offer participation in our Online DBT 24 Week Skills Class.
**Please Note that taking the Skills Class on its own cannot be stated as ‘having done DBT.’ 



    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 Western Canada, and Jessica Heil (Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor) is Alberta’s only certified DBT clinician.