I have a love for teaching and leading therapy groups. It’s often said, even those who struggle to benefit from individual therapy will definitely gain something in group work!
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups are unique, skills-focused groups, with an emphasis on providing clients with tangible skills and practices for everyday living. Geared towards those who find themselves stuck in black and white thinking, struggling to find balance in their relationships and have ineffective ways of navigating emotions, DBT groups give members the opportunity to learn new proficiencies from which to operate. While DBT groups can stand alone treatment-wise, they are often most effective in conjunction with individual therapy.
DBT groups are open and run for approximately 6 months in order for individuals to receive the entire DBT curriculum. This includes the following skill areas:
- Mindfulness: to live with an awareness of the present moment, including those experiences inside of oneself (thoughts, emotions, physical sensations) and those outside of oneself (observations through the five senses).
- Emotional Regulation: to identify, understand and validate one’s emotional responses to internal and external stimuli and take the most effective course of action.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness: to become more balanced in attaining personal goals while maintaining and/or evaluating relationships through learning effective boundaries and self-worth behaviors; learning to ask for what you want and say no to unwanted requests.
- Distress Tolerance: to recognize crisis and non-crisis situations and mindfully survive without making the situation, relationship, consequences or self-esteem worse.
Additionally, I offer individual skills training sessions. These therapeutic hours focus on DBT material and provide greater accountability and individuality for clients. If you are already in the midst of therapy, I love collaborating with your primary therapists for this work as well. Please contact me today for more information.