New Sydney DBT Location

We have previously had clinics in the Sydney CBD prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and have now partnered with one of our colleagues, Kelly Allen, in Mona Vale NSW to offer a range of DBT services.

From our Sydney location, we offer individual therapy, DBT group sessions, and RO DBT Skills Classes

Referrals to Sydney DBT

Referrals to our Sydney DBT Clinic are through our centralised intake team that operates on the Gold Coast and in Brighton Victoria.

 Feel free to call our intake team on 07 5646 3848 or email us at and we will assist with the most appropriate referral!

GPs, psychiatrists, and other health professionals can also fax a referral to 07 5676 6771 (QLD fax number) and it will be automatically uploaded to our secure electronic medical record system. We also use Medical Objects to receive secure referrals from GPs and other specialists to Dr. Peter King (5949971K). Once received our intake team will contact the individual being referred to identify the most suitable clinician from our team. 

Extension of Telehealth Psychology Sessions until 30/6/2021

Extension of Telehealth Psychology Sessions!


The federal government has announced a $1.1 billion extension to the national COVID-19 health response. As part of this announcement, the Government has indicated it will extend the Medicare funding for allied health telehealth services and care until 30 June 2021 which had been due to finish on March 31st 2021.

We have had confirmation that this extension includes telehealth psychology sessions. This means that with a valid Medicare referral you will continue to be eligible for a Medicare referral for psychology services accessed via Telehealth (video or phone).


If you are seeking a Telehealth session at Essentia Health feel free to call our intake team on 07 5647 3438 or email our intake team at and we will assist place you with the most appropriate clinician!


More information about the government’s announcement can be found at:

Gold Coast programs from October 2020!

Due to an increased demand for DBT programs in the Gold Coast/Tweed Heads region, the Australian DBT Institute has recently announced a partnership with Essentia Health to deliver DBT programs and our online DBT programs throughout the region. 

2020 is the sixteenth year DBT programs have been led by Institute Director Dr Peter King. The Institute provides a model of best practice which has been replicated around Australia where Dr. King, through the Institute, supports the development of DBT programs, educates staff and evaluates Australian DBT programs.

The Australian DBT Institute will be facilitating both an Associate’s and Fellowship Program from on the Gold Coast from August 2020. Expressions of interest are now being taken via online submission at

Please find below further details regarding the Australian DBT Institute’s Programs which will be delivered from our new clinic location which will be announced in late October 2020.

DBT Group Program (online program)

Our DBT group program is delivered both in person and online. The Australian DBT Institute program has been developed by Dr. Peter King who is the developer of DBT-TI. ​ DBT-TI is a Trauma Informed approach to DBT which follows the evidence base of DBT and safe trauma therapy approaches. The approach has been found to be successful in Australia, South Africa and Thailand where Dr. King develops mental health professionals in the DBT-TI approach.

Individuals who enter our programs are in the Stabilisaiton Phase of treatment and may have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Complex PTSD or an Acute Stress Reaction. Programs run for 30 weeks in 10 week blocks with 2 weeks break in between each 10 week block. Participants can only enter the program once they have completed the 2 week Foundation Phase (NO FEE CHARGED FOR THE FOUNDATION PHASE)

Foundation Phase: from 1st August 2020 (NO FEE)
– Program Overview
– Treatment Targets & Goals

2020 Term 3: Starts October 14th 2020 (Online Only)
 Mindfulness Skills
– Managing Crisis Situations

2021 Term 1: Starts 2nd February 2021 (Online Group)
– Mindfulness Skills
– Managing Emotions

2021 Term 2: Starts 26th April 2021 (Online Group)
– Mindfulness Skills
– Managing Relationships

All participants agree to the following expectations of our program:
– Attend foundation sessions with our research assistant
– Attend group sessions and individual therapy sessions
– 2 weeks leave in between each 10 week term
– Attend additional follow-up sessions with our research assistant
– Complete your weekly homework tasks
– Complete your DBT-TI diary on a weekly basis
– Abide by the guidelines of the program including: not entering relationships with other participants, not attending intoxicated or hung over and being on time
– Payment of weekly fees of $170 for individual therapy and $50 for group

Register your interest via email to Carlie – email

Graduate Program – Online Program

  • Monthly on Wednesdays: from February 2021 (Online)

The Australian DBT Institute adopts a Stabilisation Based Therapy approach to supporting clients who have graduated from our DBT programs. On graduation clients are also able to attend our monthly graduate groups are available online using GoToMeeting. Graduate groups may be larger than usual DBT groups and focus on Mindfulness Skills and reviewing a range of DBT skills each session.  Monthly groups cost $30 for a 90 minute session.