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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy - Addiction & Mental Health

The Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Program is an evidence-based therapy that provides goal-focused time-limited treatment for individuals with moderate to severe borderline personality disorder experiencing high risk behaviours and / or poor outcome / engagement in community clinics or DBT informed treatment.

The DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Program provides evidence-based treatment to individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder living in the community who engage in high-risk behaviours and/or have experienced poor outcomes and/or engagement in community clinics or DBT informed treatments. Treatment is intensive and comprehensive, focusing on goals and based on treating behaviours according to a target hierarchy, prioritizing safety interfering behaviours followed by therapy interfering behaviours. Services include support around eliminating high risk behaviours such as self-harm, suicide, substance use, disordered eating, etc.; therapy to help individuals develop effective coping skills to build a life worth living; and treatment of PTSD symptoms when indicated. The DBT Program is time limited, generally 15 to 18 months in length. To participate in this program, clients are required to:

  • attend weekly individual therapy
  • attend weekly DBT Skills Group
  • utilize between session skills coaching
  • complete weekly homework
  • complete daily diary cards
  • work towards solving problems in a way that does not include intentional self-harm and / or suicide

Contact Details

Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre

Location Info
6th floor
1213 4 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta
T2R 0X7

This facility is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator on site.

Getting There

Patient pay parking.

Parking map

24 hour under ground parking (Kiosk).

On major bus route.

Hours of Operation
Days of the Week

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

8:00 am - 4:15 pm


Closed statutory holidays.

Service is provided outside of these hours only on Tuesday evenings for skills group (6pm - 8:30pm).

Service Providers May Include
nurses, occupational therapists (OTs), outreach workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers

Service targeted to people who:

  • have a diagnosis of moderate to severe Borderline Personality Disorder
  • have previously tried DBT-informed treatments or treatment in a community clinic
  • live within the community (i.e., the client is not an inpatient)
  • have the ability to be seen in person for multiple appointments per week, as well as access to Zoom
  • have a GP in the community, or be willing to get connected to one
Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

This service requires application, appointment and registration.

In person and virtual options available for 1:1 and group sessions.

Wait Times

There is a waitlist to access the program that varies in length.

Also Known As
DBT Clinic, DBT Program