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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of cognitive-behavioural therapy designed to help individuals with self-destructive behaviour and emotion dysregulation. If you want to talk with someone, CARESPACE can help.

Call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

DBT Therapy for Kitchener Waterloo

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What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy. It combines cognitive-behavioural techniques with mindfulness and acceptance strategies and focuses on teaching people new skills to help them manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours as well as improving their interpersonal relationships. DBT also uses validation techniques to help people more effectively regulate and validate their own, and other people’s experiences. This practice helps those suffering from a variety of mental health disorders, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorders. DBT aims to provide effective coping mechanisms for those who struggle managing intense emotions or conflicts without causing disruption in everyday life.

CARESPACE offers more than just DBT

We all know that health and wellness is important, but with so many competing priorities, it’s hard to stay on top of it. CARESPACE Health+Wellness offers more than just psychotherapy in Kitchener-Waterloo. With functional integrative therapies we help promote a healthier life by using an evidence-based, result-oriented, natural approach to rehabilitation and wellness allowing you to get better quickly and stay well longer. Start living your healthier life today!

Applicable conditions include: Anxiety and stress, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship conflicts and more.

Get your very own health team

You can achieve your health goals at CARESPACE with your own personal well-trained and dedicated team of multidisciplinary professionals that includes Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Naturopathic Doctors, Kinesiologists, Dietitians, Psychotherapists, Fitness Trainers and more. They will work together to create your personalized comprehensive collaborative health plan to get you fast results.

Your choice of in-clinic or online

It’s your choice if you want to be treated online with TeleCARE or in-person at one of our clinics in Kitchener or Waterloo. With TeleCARE you can attend your appointment from the convenience of your computer, tablet or phone. It’s easy, effective and your first appointment is FREE.

Please call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

We’re here for you day, evenings and weekends

CARESPACE makes achieving your health goals easy and accessible by offering extended clinic hours with day, evening, and weekend appointments. All are available both online and in-person at our clinics in Kitchener and Waterloo which are open:

  • 8AM–8PM Monday – Friday
  • 8AM–6PM Saturday – Sunday

Your first online appointment is FREE.

Please call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach designed to help clients reduce their discomfort and improve their quality of life by altering maladaptive behaviours, emotions, and thoughts. It uses a combination of cognitive-behavioural techniques and mindfulness skills to identify and change the behaviours that create difficulties in people’s lives. The goal is to help individuals achieve a balance between acceptance and change, learning how to regulate emotions, tolerate distress, and improve interpersonal relationships. DBT has been shown to effectively treat a range of issues including addiction, PTSD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, suicide risk management and more. With as few as one or two sessions per week for fourteen weeks, DBT helps clients gain control of their lives to live in more tolerable conditions than before.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapeutic technique that helps people to change their behavior, thoughts and feelings. It was originally developed to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, however it has shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse. This form of therapy is based around the notion that when behaviors, emotions and thoughts all point in the same direction, positive life outcomes become possible. One of the key benefits of DBT is that it provides strategies for regulating emotions, as well as teaching interpersonal skills. DBT also encourages individuals to take more responsibility for their choices rather than passing blame onto others or on their environment. Through this process, individuals are able to achieve meaningful long-term changes in their lives.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that combines the two approaches to help people deal with challenging emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. One of the benefits of DBT is that it provides skills that can be used in various situations. As such, many assume that these outcomes are permanent. Yet despite its apparent efficacy, DBT does not work as a one-time fix for some individuals but rather ongoing practice helps maintain successes and skills learned in previous sessions. Therefore, whether or not the outcomes of DBT are permanent depends on the individual’s commitment to using the tools taught to them over time and within different contexts.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has proven valuable to people dealing with complex issues such as borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, DBT can be tremendously helpful to those struggling with chronic conditions or working through crises due to environmental or psychological traumas. Research has also found that those who commit to a long-term engagement with the program find greater relief from persistent symptoms than those who participate in more transient forms of treatment. In other words, DBT helps people address immediate issues while providing access to tools for sustained emotional regulation and mental well being.

Choose Your Therapist

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Josh Zettel

Certified Counsellor

Victoria North

If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, burnout, career stress, grief, having difficulties with self-regulation, self-esteem, life transitions, and relationships; Josh is here for you.
Hossein Kaji

Hossein Kaji BSc, MA, MA, RP (Qualifying), PhD


Weber North

Have you suffered from such things as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, addiction, loneliness, or anger? As a psychotherapist interested in existential themes, Hossein has worked with clients who have experienced these issues.

Salih Ada, MA, RP (Qualifying)


Victoria North

Salih offers a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients can feel relaxed enough to share their vulnerable moments and work through their issues.

Sarah Jackson, BBA, MACP, RP (Qualifying)


Weber North

Sarah is a natural empathetic listener who focuses on the critical components of the therapeutic relationship by providing an unbiased and safe environment to explore your issues.

Joe White, MA, MACP, RP


Weber North

Joe will help you develop and implement strategies to manage your anxiety, depression, stress, relationship challenges, trauma and much more.
Courtney Johnston, BA, OCGC, MACP, RP (Qualifying)

Courtney Johnston, BA, OCGC, MACP, RP (Qualifying)

Student Therapist

Victoria North

Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief or loss, stress, burnout, a life transition, sexuality, or relationship issues? If so, Courtney can help.
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Cortney Van Allen, BA, MA, RP, CCC


Weber North

Cortney offers a safe and welcoming environment to feel heard without judgement and navigate mental health concerns of anxiety, depression, or other life stressors.

You're only 15-minutes away from better mental health!

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Live-answer Reception

Please call us at (519) 208-2273 to talk with our live-answer Reception Team who will be happy to book, reschedule appointments or answer any of your questions, or book online now.

Please call us at (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

  • 8AM–8PM Monday – Friday
  • 8AM–6PM Saturday – Sunday

CARESPACE Health+Wellness – Victoria North

1373 Victoria Street North, Unit 4A
Kitchener, Ontario N2B 3R6 →

CARESPACE Health+Wellness – Weber North

564 Weber Street North, Unit 12  
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 5C6 →

How TeleCARE online works

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Who should use TeleCARE?

It’s your choice. Most CARESPACE services are available both in-person at our clinic or online with TeleCARE (with the exception of acupuncture and massage). TeleCARE is convenient, easy and and highly effective.

We recommend that all new clients have a FREE no-obligation TeleCARE visit before coming to the clinic to discuss your health goals and objectives.

Meet your Practitioners

Get started today

  1. Your first appointment is FREE
  2. Meet your practitioner via Phone/Tablet/Computer
  3. Get your diagnosis and treatment
  4. Book online or call (519) 208-2273

Please call or use our easy online booking system to book your Free first appointment today!

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I was suffering from neck pain And numbness Dr. Shannon Webster, BA, DC Chiropractor, is helping me. Acupuncture helps me with pain, enhances my mood. She's fantastic, Dr.
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I cannot recommend Dr. Shannon Webster and Dr. Michael Torreiter enough. Both are super friendly and understanding and it has been an absolute pleasure to have met them and been treated by them.

I have been receiving treatment from Dr. Webster for a few months and I've been feeling much better. I had sever knee, shoulder and back pain. I couldn't squat or do push ups without my joints screaming at me. But now I'm not able to only do all those but also feel stronger. The most important piece is that she listened and took my history of many injuries into consideration. And as a dancer, I couldn't have asked for a better chiropractor who not only helped me feel better but also understood my needs.

I also brought my grandmother to Dr. Torreiter for her back pain for acupuncture. He was extremely kind, understanding, compassionate and everything that I could ask for. He made her feel comfortable and explained every step during each treatment. He made sure that she was well taken care of and also made other important referrals that lead to her recovery.

So far I have referred my whole family to these two wonderful individuals and everyone's experience has been equally great. Thanks to them we all are doing much better!