DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT) GROUPS

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-respect and self-esteem.

In weekly sessions, group members learn and practice new skills to increase self-acceptance, improve relationships, manage emotions more effectively, and reduce impulsivity. 

We focus on four modules of skills:

MINDFULNESS skills to learn to focus your attention and increase awareness of your thought patterns, emotions, and personal values

DISTRESS TOLERANCE skills to learn to tolerate painful emotions and stress, reduce impulsivity, and increase acceptance

INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS skills to improve relationships, ask for what you want, and maintain self-respect

EMOTION REGULATION skills to learn to identify and understand your emotions and change them when you want to do so

There are two types of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group classes 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 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.

 

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Current Group Schedule:

Adolescent DBT Skills Training:
Mondays 5:00pm-6:00pm

Adolescent DBT Skills Integration:
Tuesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm

Young Adult DBT Skills Training:
Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm

Young Adult DBT Skills Integration:
Wednesdays 7:15pm-8:15pm

An initial intake session is required prior to joining a group. Please inquire about additional group policies and openings.