Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

I am a mental health therapist with a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from York University, and a Bachelor of Arts, also from the University of Toronto.

I work with people aged 16 and over who are dealing with severe mental health problems such as bipolar disorder, major depression, and anxiety disorders. The treatment I use is called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); it is a type of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), but incorporates mindfulness and acceptance techniques. I have written several books, including Calming the Emotional Storm and Don’t Let Your Emotions Runs Your Life for Teens and regularly conduct training sessions for other professionals on this therapy.

I have been working in the mental health field since 2000. Currently, I work at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, and I also see clients in my part-time private practice. I have had extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness Practice. Contact me to learn more about my services.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy is a treatment that was created by Marsha Linehan, a psychologist who works in Seattle. Originally, she developed this treatment to use with people who have an illness called borderline personality disorder.

Since its development, however, dialectical behavior therapy has been found to be very effective in treating a range of other illnesses as well.

One of the main reasons dialectical behavior therapy will be effective in helping with the symptoms of bipolar disorder, is that it helps people learn to manage their overwhelming emotions in more effective ways.

Dialectical behavior therapy has also been shown to be effective in helping people learn to handle emotional distress in healthier ways, and without losing control.

Click the play button to listen to Sheri describe more about DBT in her interview with Healthjustice radio.


For more information about DBT and Mindfulness, check out these articles:

What is DBT?

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