DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT) GROUPS

Teens

College Students

Young Adults (20s &30s)

When you experience emotions intensely, life can feel like one crisis after another, because you're rarely getting relief from painful feelings.

Sometimes the emotions are so overwhelming that you may also feel numb or empty.

Self-destructive behaviors can emerge as a way to feel better in the short term, but of course they end up making things worse in the long term, causing problems in your relationships and damaging your self-esteem.

Group members learn and practice new skills to:

  • Increase self-compassion (Mindfulness)

  • Reduce impulsivity (Distress Tolerance)

  • Improve relationships (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

  • Manage emotions more effectively (Emotion Regulation)

The purpose of all of these skills and strategies is to help group members start creating lives of meaning, joy, and connection

There are two types of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups offered:

Skills Training Groups

and

Skills Integration Groups

 

Skills Training Groups use a combination of lecture, practice, and discussion to teach new coping skills. Skills training classes run for 24 sessions with the option to complete the cycle twice for a full year of skills training. Group members are required to be in ongoing individual therapy.

Skills Integration Groups are for those who have completed a skills training group or program and would like help applying the skills to different environments and relationships. The group format is based on the agenda items of group members, and participants practice their validation and problem-solving skills with one another. Skills integration groups require a 16-session commitment, with the option to continue if recommended.