Inner City DBT Skills Group


Level 4, The O’Brien Centre, 390 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

About Us

The Inner City Health Program (ICHP) at St Vincent’s Hospital Darlinghurst runs a 16-week skills group based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).  

DBT is an evidence based psychological therapy for people with pervasive emotion dysregulation and associated problem behaviours, including suicidality and self-harm. 

This skills group is one component of a person’s overall mental health treatment. 

Group participation involves attendance at weekly, 2.5hr group sessions for 16 weeks. 

Regular attendance, motivation to undergo treatment for problematic behaviours, and access to individual treatment sessions in order to consolidate the learning, are important.


Eligible participants are adults living in the St Vincent’s Mental Health service’s catchment area* and meeting the following criteria: 

- Experience pervasive emotion dysregulation
- Experience suicidal ideation or episodes of self-harm
- Want to learn skills to reduce this and other problematic coping behaviours, via a group setting.
- Are currently engaged in individual therapy 

* Please contact us if unsure of the catchment area boundaries.

There are exclusion criteria that will be considered as well. 

Everyone who is referred to the program will undergo a screening and/or assessment process with staff from our team, in order to determine suitability for the program.

Program Information

Dates: late August to mid December 2023
Day: Thursday mornings for 2.5 hours
Location: Online
Cost: free


Referrals are now invited for the August 2023 program. 

To refer, a GP or treating mental health clinician such as a psychiatrist or psychologist or counsellor, must send both a: 
1. Referral Form (see attached editable pdf referral form)
2. A1 or an equivalent letter, detailing personal and mental health background, history of problematic behaviours and risks, and participant’s goals. 


Please contact Tamara Kacen, SVH DBT Coordinator, if you wish to discuss a potential referral.
Preferred contact is via email:  
Phone: 0428780548 


Click here to access the DBT referral form