Hello, I am Jane Vickers and I offer DBT skills training to adults and teenagers in the county of Gloucestershire. I run a small practice in Stroud on Thursdays between 9am-5pm. I also offer supervision for health professionals.
Currently, due to Covid 19 all sessions are via a video platform.
I am an accredited DBT Therapist, an Accredited DBT Supervisor and Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN.)
I was intensively trained in the model in 2005 with the British Isles Training Team (the sole licensed providers of DBT training in the UK.) Two of the trainers were Dr Heidi Heard and Professor Michaela A. Swales who are renowned clinicians in the DBT field for their work with individuals experiencing Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD.) I have been a member of the Board of Accreditation for the Society for DBT in the UK and Ireland (SfDBT) in collaboration with The Linehan Institute USA since 2019.
I have extensive experience in helping people overcome a wide variety of mental health difficulties such as emotional sensitivity, self-harm, impulsive behaviours, suicidal thoughts, difficulties managing anger, a confused sense of self, a fear of abandonment, feelings of emptiness and numbness, recurrent depression, anxiety and struggles in managing relationships with others using DBT and informed DBT since 2005. In particular, I have specialised in working with individuals who have Borderline Personality Disorder. Most of my work has been with adults, however, I also work with teenagers.
I have worked in the NHS for 21 years and continue to do so as part of my working week as a Specialist Nurse Practitioner. I remain passionate about DBT because I have seen first-hand over the years how it has changed people’s lives for the better. I strongly believe that the treatment can help individuals to stop harmful behaviours they may be engaging in that they would like to change and it supports people in achieving their life worth living goals.
I have dedicated my career to DBT and I enjoy working with individuals who have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD,) Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) or complex psychological needs. However, I also believe that the treatment can be helpful for anyone who is struggling with their mental health. To highlight this, in 2010 I created and developed a transdiagnostic DBT Skills Training group for adults and the results of four years of the group were published in May 2016 in the Mental Health Practice journal entitled “Assessing a Six-Month Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills-Only Group.”
I am an enthusiastic, motivated DBT Therapist and I feel my strength is that I am down to earth and able to build trust and a rapport with someone early on in treatment. I am compassionate, caring, calm and non-judgemental. I work in a person-centred way looking at the individual needs of the person in a holistic way with the emphasis on helping someone to manage distress to reduce emotional suffering. By learning more effective and helpful ways of coping it means the person’s quality of life is improved.
I am currently a supervisor for Health Education England (HEE) for the DBT Post Graduate Diploma at Bangor University helping health professionals to become adherent to the model so that they can apply for DBT accreditation. I also supervise other DBT Therapists for their accreditation who work with adults and/or teenagers in the NHS, I supervise NHS DBT teams and DBT team leads throughout the UK.