DBT Skills Group: Level One

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are happy to announce that we have an upcoming 24 week protocol pending for this group!

Our DBT Skills Group class is not a stand alone component. To participate, we require that you are working with a DBT therapist in one-on-one individual therapy sessions. You cannot sign up for the class without seeing a DBT therapist.

The DBT Skills classes are intended to help any person address:

  • Impulsiveness and high-risk behaviours.
  • Life threatening behaviours including suicide attempts and parasuicide (self-harm) behaviours.
  • Mood swings: highs and lows.
  • Confusion about self, ‘who am I,’ and self-esteem issues.
  • Interpersonal conflict and fear of intimacy.
  • Behavioural, emotional, and thought patterns that may be contributing to misery, distress and “problems in living.”

Participants attend 12 consecutive sessions. Participants benefit best when they are involved with an individual therapist who can help them integrate the skills into their lives and support the process. For this reason, ongoing individual therapy at Inner Solutions™ is required in order to be eligible to register in our DBT Skills group. The fee structure for the Level One Skills Group is as follows:

For those registered in the complete DBT program at Inner Solutions™, the fee for this 12-week class is $1,350 (including gst). 

Note: Our group therapy is not offered on a stand alone basis. You must be enrolled with a DBT-trained therapist on an ongoing basis to attend.

Class Dates / Times: Please Contact Us

Skills Training Information Pamphlet (View/Download PDF)

The Self-Referral Form must be filled out to enroll in this Class:
Fill out & submit the Self Referral Form (click here)

DBT For Adolescents Group

Next Start Date for Multi Family Member Group Sessions:

Monday, April 22, 2019  from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Monday nights, excluding holiday weekends.
15 Weeks

We have a program designed to treat the adolescent presentation of BPD behaviours following the model of A. Miller and J. Rathius from New York. Ages Served:  14 – 17 years (exceptions may be considered).

We start with a minimum 24 week commitment (6 months) for one-on-one individual therapy with the option to continue as long as the client finds it helpful. The 24 weeks is the minimum amount of time recommended with the treatment protocol.

A commitment of up to one year is not unusual.

Therapy consists of individual weekly sessions and phone coaching, plus 15 weeks of concurrent 2 hour weekly DBT skills classes (with at least one parent attending with the student) in our Multi Family Member Group Sessions, run on Monday nights.

Therapy includes phone coaching and family sessions (if required) with the focus being on the individual adolescent client, using therapy to learn and integrate better coping strategies and emotion regulation skills.

It is not unusual that the parents may need to have their own sessions with either the child's therapist or another therapist on the team.

Class Dates / Times: Please Contact Us

DBT for Adolescent Pamphlet (View/Download PDF)

Fill out & submit the Self Referral Form (click here)

DBT-A Group Fees Schedule: $1130  for adolescent + $1000 for first parent and $750  for second parent 

DBT Graduate Group: Level Two


Provides an opportunity for "graduates" of DBT Skills Training Classes to consolidate their learning and improve the application of their skills.  Members also benefit from peer support, feedback, and vicarious learning within a professionally lead group.


  • Open enrollment.
  • Participants reflect on their practice of DBT skills, receiving and giving skills review and coaching as the opportunity arises.
  • Mindfulness practice starts the session.


  • Have completed at least one 10-week DBT Skills Group.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Diary Card.
  • Commit to attending a minimum of 16 weeks on a regular basis with the option to continue for as long as group is helpful.
  • Agree to terms of our confidentiality form prior to attending.
  • Most clients in this group have been in therapy at Inner Solutions™. It is strongly encouraged that the person has some form of individual therapy with a DBT therapist or support available outside of this group. If there is no ongoing individual therapist, the client will be asked to meet with a therapist from Inner Solutions™ to ensure they are a good fit for the group.

Class Dates / Times: Please Contact Us

Program Information Pamphlet (View/Download PDF)

Fee Schedule: $100 per session

Parenting Group

Please Note: This group is currently on hold. Feel free to contact us for other options of support we can offer.

The group provides education and support to parents who are experiencing challenges with parenting adolescents who are in their care and dependent on them.

The format will combine education and open discussion with the psychologist/facilitator and other parent group members.

The topics will vary, but will be related to:

  • Setting realistic and effective goals with skill, confidence, and to lessen conflict with your child.
  • Learning how your own behaviours influence the behaviours of your adolescent.
  • Learning to identify the "emotion triggers" of your adolescent.
  • Learning specific communication strategies.
  • Learning skills to regulate your own emotional responses.

Group members commit to initially attending for 10 weeks in order to truly benefit from the material; after 10 weeks there will be an option to continue on a month-to-month basis, if so desired.

Series Dates / Times: Please Contact Us

Workshop Information Pamphlet (View/Download PDF)

The Self Referral Form must be filled out to enroll in this series:

Fill out & submit the Self Referral Form (click here)

Family and Friends Group

Next Start Date: February 26th-April 2nd 2019.  Tuesday nights, weekly from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Session provide information about the underpinning factors causing BPD and helpful insights, along with strategies to address the stress and worry that accompany living with a person with BPD.

This is a six week education and support series that provides:

  • Education about the disorder & treatment options.
  • Effective methods of communicating with your loved one.
  • How to disarm anger and validate emotional responses.
  • Learn how to "set limits" using DBT strategies.
  • Learn coping methods and how to work toward rebuilding safety and trust.
  • Learn about “radical acceptance.”

The series is not for persons with BPD. A separate ‘DBT skills group’ is offered for persons with BPD. The series is not meant to replace individual consultation or therapy.

Series Dates / Times: Please Contact Us

Max. group size: 12

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions.  Participants do not need to have a relative in therapy at Inner Solutions™.

The Family Skills Training Workshop Pamphlet and Self Referral Form must be completed to enroll in this series:

Family Skills Training Workshop Pamphlet (View/Download PDF)

Fill out & submit the Self Referral Form (click here)

MBSR Meditation

Next Start Date: Tuesday, January 29th. Weekly sessions until March 19th, 2019. Full day Retreat March 9th, 2019

This program is modelled after the Stress Reduction clinic at University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the work of Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, and has been evaluated for over 30 years in many medical centres worldwide for effectiveness in reducing stress and pain and improving mood.

Facilitated by a Certified MBSR Instructor

  • 8 week – 2 hour evening classes; plus a Saturday mini retreat on March 9, 2019.
  • Group dialogue.
  • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life.
  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices (sitting, walking, eating).
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga.
  • Bring a yoga mat, blanket or pillow, a water bottle, etc. Wear comfortable clothing.
  • NO previous experience in meditation required.

*The facilitator is fully certified to teach MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction).

If you are interested in attending this MBSR Meditation Program, please contact us or kindly fill out our Self-Referral Form to be assessed for suitability and to determine if there is a spot available. All participants must sign up with Inner Solutions™ prior to attending.

To see when upcoming sessions are being held, please feel free to contact us.

Fee Schedule

DBT Skills Group: Level One
  • 12-week commitment
  • As part of the Inner Solutions™ DBT Program
  • 12-week commitment
  • Add $1000 for 1st Parent and $750 for 2nd Parent
Family and Friends Group
  • 6-week commitment
  • Add $499 for a second attendee
DBT Graduate Group: Level Two
  • 16-week commitment, open enrollment
  • One session per week
Parent Group (Currently on hold)
  • 12-week commitment
  • Add $799 for 2nd Parent
MBSR Meditation Program
  • 8-week commitment, 2-hour sessions
  • + Saturday mini retreat