The Australian DBT Institute has been delivering a range of private fee-for-service counselling and DBT programs through Telehealth (online) since 2014. DBT Assist is a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy specific platform developed to support individuals with extreme emotion regulation difficulties acquire and retain DBT and trauma informed resources/skills.
DBT Assist's Telehealth services are delivered via Zoom and/or Cliniko which meet industry standards for safety and security within the Health Sector. Our therapists are mainly from Victoria and Queensland and have completed comprehensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
The administration team at Gold Coast DBT manage appointments and can arrange for an appointment to match your needs or refer to one of our senior clinicians for an intake appointment to best match you to the most appropriate therapist.
How much does Individual Therapy & Groups Cost? DBT Assist does not receive any government funding therefore our fees are set by our private psychologists, social workers, mental health OTs and psychotherapists. Individuals may be eligible under the NDIS, WorkCover, Department of Veteran Affairs and/or other schemes to access our services with no charge. Individuals with mental health plans can access our services with an out of pocket cost of $100 per session for individual therapy and/or an out of pocket cost of $20-30 for DBT groups. If you would like to access DBT Assist's individual therapists privately the cost will range from $150-$240 and group will range from $40-60 depending on the clinician's experience and qualifications.
What are the Advantages of using Telehealth?
Telehealth makes an important contribution to overcoming inequalities in access to private mental health and counselling services. This is most clearly related to improving the availability of services in rural and remote areas as well as at a time where it can take 6-12 months to see a Psychologist. The Telehealth modality is also advantageous for client groups experiencing difficulties leaving the home (e.g., clients with agoraphobia, social phobia, stigmatised groups of individuals and more).
Other advantages include an enhanced capacity for clients to choose a clinician with specific expertise, reduced time waiting for an appointment, less time off work to attend the appointment, and increased flexibility in appointment time and location.
How effective is telehealth?
There is a range of quality evidence reporting the effectiveness of Telehealth which includes videoconferencing and telephone therapy (Fletcher et al., 2018; Varker, Brand, Ward, Terhaag, & Phelps, 2019). Systematic reviews examining the efficacy of Telehealth psychology compared to in-person treatment report equivalent outcomes for depression, anxiety, physical health issues, addiction, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Backhaus et al., 2012; Hilty et al., 2013). This finding extends across child, adolescent and adult client groups, and across cultural groups (Hilty et al., 2013).
The evidence-base for telehealth in improving an individual's mental health continues to expand. Recent clinical studies supports the use of telehealth for individuals including veteran and civilian PTSD, obesity management, parenting and adolescent obsessive compulsive disorder (Glassman et al., 2019; Lewis, Huang, Hassmén, Welvaert, & Pumpa, 2019; Ngai, Wong, Chung, Leung, & Tarrant, 2019; Turner et al., 2014).
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