DBT Skills Group
9 week group starting when 6 people register
Wednesdays 5:30-7:00 pm.
Open to all adults 18+
Cost for the group is $290. Payment is due at the first group session.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. to treat people with high risk self-harm and suicidal behaviors (carrying a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder). DBT has since been adapted to treat people with depression, PTSD, eating disorders and substance use disorders.
Although DBT skills training is only a part of comprehensive DBT treatment, there is increasing evidence that DBT skills training alone may be an effective intervention for a wide variety of people with and without a mental health disorder.*
This group is for you if:
● You have trouble getting your needs met and/or setting limits in relationships
● You get upset easily, your emotions are intense and overwhelming, and you find it
difficult to settle back down after the emotional crisis is over.
● In the midst of severe emotional pain, you may resort to self-destructive behaviors (e.g.,
cutting, substance use, disordered eating, sabotaging relationships, etc.) in order to deal
with the pain.
● You want to learn skills to manage emotions,navigate relationships and tolerate the pain
that is inevitable in life without resorting to behaviors that make it worse.
● You want to increase your resilience and have a “life worth living.”
My nine week course is a condensed version of the standard 24 week DBT skills course and references materials included in Linehan’s treatment manual and workbooks.* The DBT skills group is run like a class: I will teach the skills and we will discuss the application and practice in group. My teaching style is dynamic and interactive. I will challenge participants to venture out of their comfort zone by practicing skills in the group setting and on their own. The group setting is casual, inclusive and non-judgmental. Although supportive in nature, this is not a “support group.” Participants are discouraged from talking about their personal issues in group- so that others will not be “triggered” and so that we can stay focused on the skills.
There are four sets of skills taught over the nine week course:
Mindfulness : the practice of being fully aware and present in the moment
Distress Tolerance : how to tolerate painful emotions and challenging situations
Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others
Emotion Regulation : how to change emotions that you want to change