ME – Managing Emotions - new online program coming soon FOR CLIENTS 

A  program using strategies and skills based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Some weeks have creative exercises included – No artistic talent required.

For anyone experiencing impulsive behaviour, addiction, mood disorders or difficulty with relationships.

The approach is helpful for people who have difficulty maintaining effective relationships or who feel “out of control” in managing their moods and emotions. Skills and strategies including ‘Mindfulness’, ‘Distress Tolerance’, ‘Emotional Regulation’ and ‘Interpersonal Effectiveness’ are the major content of the program.

 artistic talent required. The program combines Dialectical Behaviour Therapy informed skills and in some weeks creative exercises to reinforce learning the verbal skills in a non-verbal way.

‘ME’ PROGRAM -Managing Emotions

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Informed 10 Week Skills Training Program

Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, What it is and how it assists with Managing Emotion.
Explanation of Diary Cards and Chain Analysis

Observing, describing and participating in a non-judgmental, one-mindfully and effective manner

How to use ‘States of Mind’
Emotion Mind/Reason Mind/ Wise Mind
How to become mindfully aware to stay in ‘Wise Mind’

Concentration on the skill of Distress Tolerance Skills ‘Wise Mind Accepts” and ‘Self Soothe’

How to ‘Improving the Moment’
Reality Acceptance- Willingness and Willfulness

Understanding our emotions and our vulnerabilities
Identifying our emotions.

How to stay emotionally healthy. Using ‘opposite action’.
Increasing positive emotions and letting go of emotional suffering

Goals of Interpersonal Effectiveness and How to communicate.’ Pros and Cons’

How to Communicate and get what you need
Factors Reducing Interpersonal Effectiveness

Review of all diary cards and the skills you feel could assist you

A key component of DBT is teaching a client to stay a little longer than before with feeling emotional pain, validating and accepting their experience whilst moving towards changes in behaviours. The skill of managing difficult emotions is paramount to being able to gain or maintain balance in a life that has meaning and fulfillment, free from self-harm, anxiety, depression and a sense of emptiness.



Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) what is it?

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) was developed by Professor Marsha Linehan, Ph.D at Washington University as an outpatient treatment for people suffering traits of borderline personality disorder. DBT is based on strategies and skills to help clients learn to manage emotions, survive crises and maintain effective relationships. There is a growing body of evidence that DBT assists people suffering addictions and eating disorders.

A key component of DBT based skills is teaching a client to stay a little longer than before with feeling emotional pain, validating and accepting their experience whilst moving towards changes in behaviours. The ‘ME’ program teaches clients skills from the four modules of DBT shown below:

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) with creativity

As Megan is an Art Psychotherapist she enjoys using creative exercises alongside the verbal skills of DBT. Creating is a non-verbal tool that enables an image or object to be created, enhancing the process of understanding what the DBT skills means for a client. There is time and space to reflect, observe and own something original that can reinforce these skills.(No artistic talent required)

The main aim of this 10 week program is to learn that it is possible to find balance and hope in a life that has meaning and fulfilment, free from self-harm, anxiety, depression and a sense of emptiness.

Presentations on this program are available to other Health professions.

Testimonial: Dr Errol Jacobson Consultant Psychiatrist MBBS BSc FRANZCP.

"I have worked with Megan Shiell during her time at The Sydney Clinic referring patients to her in my role as an admitting Psychiatrist. Megan co-ordinated the Dialectic Behavioural Therapy program and provided therapy in both DBT and Art psychotherapy. Her therapeutic approach was proficient and supportive and reflected in both an increasingly popular DBT program and a positive response from my patients. Her important work and initiative in this area continues to play an essential role in The Sydney Clinic treatment program. Megan’s clinical skills and patient dedication will be a considerable asset to the communities of Tweed Heads where she is establishing Expressive Therapy Clinic."

Testimonial: Dr Tarquam McKenna, Associate Professor, A/Head of School of Education, Faculty Arts Education & Human Development, Victoria University. AThR, Level 4 ACA Member.

“Megan Shiell has worked closely with Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counsellors to develop her innovative programs and these have proven to be extremely helpful for clients. As a practitioner her work in the field of Art Psychotherapy is clinically sound and compassionate. It is great to have worked alongside Megan for the past ten years.”

Testimonial: Rosemary Clancy, Snr.Clinical Psychologist, Sydney Clinic.

“Megan's ‘Managing Emotion’ program is a tailored, evidence-based treatment for complex emotional and interpersonal difficulties, with a focus on real change in quality of life."

Testimonial of a Client.

"Working with Megan has dramatically changed my life from a life full of fear and overwhelming emotions, to one of confidence in dealing with whatever life throws at me. Along with her endless patience and encouragement, and a lot of hard work, she taught me new and very practical skills to express myself better, which enabled me to make a better life for myself. What I learnt through the use of art therapy and all the DBT skills is now helping me manage my emotions and my life much more effectively, and I am a happier person because of it. Thankyou Megan!"


Contact Megan Shiell at ETC – Tweed Heads

0417 084 846

Registered Art Psychotherapist:

Dialectical Behavior Therapist:
ACA Member #7159

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