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dbt with B

Brittany Stalker she/her

DBT Counsellor

About

ABOUT ME

I have been working in the mental health field for 13 years and have supported people with finding meaningful ways to live their lives. I have extensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as well as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and am experienced in teaching DBT skills both in a one on one capacity as well as in a group setting.

I specialize in working with folks who are experiencing big and difficult emotions and who may not have the skills to effectively navigate through them. I support people in learning new ways to address anger, sadness, guilt and shame that often leave them dysregulated and impacting meaningful relationships. I also think it's important to provide support to families of individuals receiving counselling and can offer one to one support with partners or caregivers so they can best support their loved one.

I am currently working as a DBT Counsellor and Group Facilitator in the city of Toronto and can provide support in person or virtually. 

About
DBT

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of therapy that aims to help people manage their emotions, improve their relationships and develop skills to cope with life's challenges. It was developed by American Psychologist, Marsha Linehan as a way to improve the lives of those living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Since its inception, it has been adapted and become one of the most versatile modalities and can be made accessible to support individuals at all of their intersections. The word 'dialectical' refers to the idea of balancing opposing forces or ideas- it's like finding the middle ground between two extremes. We often don't get the opportunity to learn these skills and information elsewhere, so it can be challenging to know what to do when we experience intense emotions. Learning DBT skills and connecting with a DBT counsellor can be helpful with impulsivity, self-destructive behaviours and difficulties in relationships. 

I understand that some people are more sensitive to emotions and may struggle with managing them effectively. When our emotions begin to consume us and negatively impact our lives and relationships, it's not because we aren't trying hard enough. Once we are given the right tools to increase our awareness of patterns of behaviour and are able to better tolerate when something unpleasant happens, we begin to feel a shift in ourselves. In DBT there is a saying that 'it's hard to be happy without a life worth living' and I know that sometimes we can lose sight of the point to living. DBT can be about restoring hope and developing a sense of joy again, even while going through painful things. 

my
Philosophy

How i can support you

 

20 minute consultation

Get to know me a little before you book a session

Free

 

Individual

DBT

Counselling

One on one, in-person or virtual, private counselling

$100 / hour

or

sliding scale if needed

 

Support for caregivers or partners

One on one, private counselling for caregivers

100 / hour

or

sliding scale if needed

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