DBT Psychologist Brisbane


Looking for a DBT Psychologist in Brisbane? Michelle Barratt Can Help


Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) was originally used to treat borderline personality disorder. Now, we know that it can also be helpful in people with a range of disorders including depression, eating disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and addiction. At Michelle Barratt Psychology, we can help our clients learn a variety of skills, thought to help them strengthen their ability to tolerate distress, regulate emotions, communicate effectively, and be mindful and present in a given moment.


What You Can Expect from Michelle Barratt Psychology re Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Brisbane


At Michelle Barratt Psychology, we offer DBT treatment in Brisbane along with other therapies designed to help our clients overcome their issues and lead fulfilling lives. Our DBT therapy focuses on providing important skills in four key areas:


  • Mindfulness. Accepting and being fully present in the current moment is a key component of stress management.

  • Distress tolerance. Being able to tolerate a negative emotion is a healthier alternative than trying to escape from it.

  • Emotion regulation. We’ll cover ways to alter intense negative emotions that cause you problems.

  • Interpersonal effectiveness. You’ll learn helpful techniques for assertive, self-respecting, and constructive communication.


Benefits of DBT Therapy in Brisbane


Although DBT therapy is commonly used to treat specific complaints, the truth is that anyone can benefit from the skills it teaches. Whether you have a psychological disorder or not, there are distinct advantages to incorporating these skills into your life.


  • Acceptance of reality. Being able to accept your daily experiences and work towards acceptance of painful events in your past helps alleviate suffering. When you accept your circumstances, you relieve the stress that comes with negative emotions such as frustration or anger over your present situation.

  • Less judgment. When you take a nonjudgmental stance in general, you experience far fewer negative thoughts. For example, when you feel angry or irritated, pay attention to the judgment you’re making (such as that your partner is thoughtless or that your boss is mean), then replace this thought with facts and acknowledge your resulting emotions. DBT therapy can teach this skill.

  • Everyday mindfulness. Living your life in the present moment – as opposed to being preoccupied with the past or the future – can make you more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. It takes some practice, but mindfulness in any situation can relieve your stress and enable you to feel calmer and more positive.


About Michelle Barratt Psychology


For seven years, Michelle Barratt Psychology has been delivering effective, evidence-based therapy to adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families. We are located in Toowong and service a minimum 15km radius from the city; we also operate in Wynnum serving the Redland Bay area. We help clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD, couples’ and family issues, and more. We are passionate about helping our clients build the skills they need to feel empowered and in control of their lives and circumstances. To book an appointment, contact Michelle Barratt Psychology today.


35 Wondall Road


Qld 4178

Tel: 0401 924 331 

Fax:  (07) 3009 0553


Suite 37, Level 1 Benson House,

No. 2 Benson Street, TOOWONG,

Qld 4066.

Tel: 0411 731 516

Fax: (07) 3009 0075


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Michelle Barratt is a Fellow of the Clinical College at the Australian Psychological Society.