DBT in Toronto and across Ontario

We help people build the lives they want to live

The Ontario DBT Center offers compassionate and effective Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for adults who struggle with borderline personality disorder, PTSD, suicidal ideation, addiction, self-harm, intense emotions, and impulsive behaviours.

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DBT therapy in Toronto, Ontario

 We offer DBT therapy virtually across Ontario and in-person at our downtown Toronto clinic.

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What We Do

What is DBT? 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is evidence-based psychotherapy for people who struggle with intense emotions. DBT covers mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

DBT was first developed to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is an effective therapy for people with substance use, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, intense anxiety, eating disorders, and sucidal or self-harm behaviours.

Dialectical means "the existence of opposites." DBT teaches us to balance two opposite strategies: acceptance and change. Your experience and struggles are valid and accepted, but you can also make positive changes to manage your emotions and move forward.

DBT can help you understand, change, and cope with intense emotions more effectively, so that you can build a life that you feel is worth living.

What is the Ontario DBT Centre?

The Ontario DBT Centre is a specialized mental health clinic that provides a comprehensive DBT program for adults (18+).

The clinic is led by Dr. Nathalie Lovasz and is made up of a caring team of highly-trained DBT therapists.

Dr. Lovasz previously founded the Toronto DBT Centre, which helped hundreds of clients from 2017 to 2021. The Ontario DBT Centre expands upon that mission to make DBT therapy more widely accessible across the province.

In addition to providing therapy, we prioritize DBT training and consultation to teach other mental health professionals how to provide DBT and increase access for everyone.

We offer online DBT therapy across Ontario, but we will also return to in-person therapy at our Toronto clinic when it is safe.

If you are looking for DBT treatment and are located in the GTA, Kingston, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Sudbury, Windsor, Thunder Bay, or anywhere else in Ontario - please don't hesitate to contact us.

Is DBT right for me?

DBT might be able to help you, if you have ever experienced any of the following:

○ You have intense emotions, such as anger, shame, or sadness, that change quickly and last for a long time.

○ Your emotions feel overwhelming and out of control, and are having a negative effect on your life.

○ Your emotions cause you to act impulsively and without considering the consequences.

○ Your emotions negatively impact your relationships with family, friends, colleagues, or romantic partners.

○ Your conflicts with others make you constantly afraid of rejection, loneliness, and abandonment.

○ You struggle with your identity or sense of self, and question your own worth.

○ You are worried by harmful behaviour such as self-harm, alcohol or drug abuse, overspending money, or risky sexual behavior.

If any of these seems familiar, please reach out to us. Your DBT therapist can help you improve your capacity to cope with your emotions and develop the skills to improve your quality of life.

DBT Toronto

It is hard to be happy without a life worth living. This is a fundamental tenet of DBT. Of course, all lives are worth living in reality. No life is not worth living. But what is important is that you experience your life as worth living— one that is satisfying, and one that brings happiness.

Marsha M. Linehan

We provide compassionate care focused on meaningful and lasting change

Is DBT right for you?

The first step is to contact us to schedule an initial phone consultation. We look forward to speaking with you and want to help you find the right program for your needs.

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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Toronto and Ontario