Mother-Infant Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Mother-Infant Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Talking therapy for mothers who experience very strong emotions

Manage emotions and develop skills to change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving. Get support to help with the emotional challenges of the unique relationship between mothers and infants.

Change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving

The Mother-Infant DBT group program can help you change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving, while also learning to accept who you are.

The program focuses on how to manage emotions by letting you recognise, experience and accept them. It can also help you understand why you might harm yourself, which in turn may help you change this behaviour.

The program can also guide mothers on how to support their child’s development, to nurture their emotions and sustain relationships effectively.

Skills to help manage emotional waves

Learn four important skills to help reduce the size of emotional waves and help manage them when they become overwhelming.


Become more focused on the present moment, rather than focusing on painful experiences from the past or worrying about the future.

Distress tolerance

Learn to cope better with painful feelings and events by looking at healthy ways of dealing with big emotions.

Emotion regulation

Understand and have more control over your emotions and learn how to be less vulnerable when facing negative emotions and situations.

Interpersonal effectiveness

Develop skills in expressing your beliefs and needs, setting limits and negotiating solutions to problems. Look at protecting your relationships, treating others with respect, and feeling good about yourself.

How to access Mother-Infant Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

To be eligible for the Mother-Infant Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, you need to be 16 or over and:

  • experiencing increased life stressors or signs of not coping
  • live in Central or Southern Adelaide

You can access support with or without a referral from a General Practitioner.

Making a referral

You can self-refer to this service, or with your permission referrals can be made by GPs, allied health workers, family members or carers.



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