Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Group (DBT Group)

Alpine Counselling Clinic is excited to offer Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Groups both in person and online.

DBT groups  are an evidence-based gold standard for working with a variety of conditions and symptoms.

Presenter:  Godfrey Zimuto, M.A., R.C.C, C.C.C.    Frequency: Weekly    Attendance Options: In Person or Online   Duration: 10 sessions

The DBT Therapy Group will support you to build a robust toolbox to connect with and manage your own emotional landscape. DBT is a type of therapy that combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices. It is often used to treat individuals with difficulties in regulating emotions, managing interpersonal relationships, and tolerating distress.

These groups are facilitated by Godfrey Zimuto, an experienced clinician with over 15 years of experience working in a variety of health care settings. Godfrey has specialized training in DBT group facilitation and case conceptualization.



The DBT group program will focus on four skills:

1) Mindfulness: the practice of being in the present and acknowledging thoughts, feelings, and behaviours as they happen, without trying to control them.

2) Distress tolerance: the process of learning how to cope during a crisis, especially when it is impossible to change, and accepting a situation as it is, rather than how it should be.

3) Interpersonal effectiveness: the ability to ask for what a person needs and to say no, when necessary, while still maintaining self-respect and relationships with others.

4) Emotion regulation: the ability to manage emotions so that they do not control thoughts and behaviours. The DBT Group will be done on the floor group room and refreshments will be provided during the break.


To determine eligibility for DBT group, individuals undergo an intake process with the group facilitator. During the intake process, the individual’s presenting concerns, mental health history, and current symptoms are assessed to determine if DBT is an appropriate treatment option. The common criteria for eligibility for a DBT group may include:

Individuals with difficulties in regulating emotions, managing relationships, and coping with distress.

Individuals who have not responded well to other forms of therapy or treatment.

Individuals who are motivated and willing to actively participate in therapy

Individuals with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD), as DBT is considered the gold standard treatment for BPD.

Please note: DBT group time is not spent processing feelings between group members. The purpose of the group is to learn new skills, so the group members have the tools to build the life they want. Therefore, this DBT skills training group is a psychoeducational group that is designed to teach clients new behaviours (new skills), practice those new skills, and generalize the skills into the client’s natural environments.

Each member of the DBT group will receive a training manual prior to September 29, 2024.

A prerequisite for enrollment in the group is that participants should have a GP, Psychiatrist, and/or clinical counsellor, and meet bi-weekly/monthly. This ensures you have adequate outside support to process group material.



DBT is a system of therapy developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, a psychologist who has lived experience of mental illness herself, to treat individuals who have difficulties managing their emotions. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance with concepts derived from meditative practices including mindful awareness and acceptance. The purpose is to help people introduce effective and practical skills into their lives, which they can use when they are distressed. These skills are meant to replace other unhealthy and negative behaviours. The class meets once per week for 2 hours with a 10 minute break. Home practice and home practice review is an important part of the group.


18 years and over


Presenter:  Godfrey Zimuto, M.A., R.C.C, C.C.C.

Frequency: Weekly

Attendance Options:

In Person Group: September 29 to November 30 (Saturdays from 10AM to 12:00PM)


Online Group: October 2 to December 4, 2024 (Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm)

Duration: 10 sessions

Location:  In- person

1285 W. Broadway/corner of Birch

Cost: $120.00 per session. Payable weekly.  Once approved and enrolled for the group, you will receive a consent form for payment, which states that you agree to pay for all 10 sessions, weekly, whether you attend or not.  A credit card will be needed to secure your reservation.


Complete the form (button below) for “Group Application” which will be emailed to Godfrey.

Once reviewed, our admin staff will contact you to set up a 15-minute Free consultation with Godfrey.

This is to ensure that the group program is in line with your expectations and to establish group homogeneity.