DBT Basic Group
|Wednesday||12:00 pm||1:00 pm|
|Thursday||4:00 pm||5:00 pm|
Group Format: 3-week open, rolling admission; clients can start any week of the month and attend three weeks from that point.
This group is a prerequisite to the DBT Skills Group. Clients must attend all three sessions prior to being enrolled in the DBT Skills Group. This group consists of an introduction to the basics of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), identifying goals for DBT, and core Mindfulness skills
DBT Skils Group
|Thursday||5:00 pm||6:30 pm|
|Friday||12:00 pm||1:30 pm|
Group Format: Open, rolling admission; clients can start at any time and complete as many group sessions. However, the DBT Basic Group is a prerequisite to enter this group.
DBT Basic Group:
Tuition of $180 is due at the first group.
DBT Skills Group:
Tuition of $300 is due at the first group of each month. Tuition is the same each month whether there are 4 or 5 groups in the month.
DBT Groups are generally not available through insurance.
The DBT Skills Group is a big commitment.
In order to be in a group:
- Clients must be willing to work hard and participate fully.
- Clients must participate in weekly individual therapy. (Therapist does not need to be a DBT therapist)
- Clients must be willing to complete weekly homework assignments.
- Clients are strongly encouraged to commit to completing two cycles of skills modules (approximately 14 months).
Before joining the group we ask clients to identify their overall “life worth living” goals: what would make their lives better and their overall long term goals. Client will also identify their “target behaviors,” or what behaviors they want to decrease. These are the behaviors that may be interfering being effective at achieving a life worth living. This may include self-harming behaviors, therapy interfering behaviors or behaviors that get in the way of having a life worth living. Clients are taught to identify behaviors they need to increase (i.e. exercise, socializing, self-care) while simultaneously working on decreasing target behaviors. Discussions about family history and/or trauma may be delayed until clients have enough skills to manage the emotions that may come up as a result of these discussions.
What Happens in a DBT Skills Group?
The DBT Skills Groups cover four training modules: Core Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance. Each module is designed to help you gain a better sense of emotional control and tolerate the moment by being more mindful of the present. DBT Skills Group is NOT a process group, it is more like a class. Participating in the group requires homework outside of group. It requires adopting a general willingness to make healthy but difficult changes in your life. The group is conducted in an extremely supportive and nonjudgmental space. During the group participants may be asked to share relevant experiences from their week for the purpose of exploring which skills were used or not used. During the second half of the group, a new skill is taught using didactic techniques, role plays and discussions. In general, clients are discouraged from discussing details about suicidal or self-harming behavior in the group as it may be triggering to others. These behaviors are to be discussed in individual therapy. Participating in the group requires a 14 month commitment as it takes about 6-7 months to complete one round of skills; it is highly suggested that clients who stay for 2 rounds of skills are better able to fully absorb and apply the skills in their lives.
Is the DBT Skills Group right for me?
DBT groups are appropriate for a wide variety of clients dealing with difficulties regulating emotion in various problem areas including: depression and anxiety, emotion regulation, all eating disorders including binge eating disorder, chronic relational issues, impulsivity, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and poor frustration tolerance.
If you are someone who is highly sensitive and struggles with emotion regulation, this group might be a good fit. Also, if you have frequent interpersonal conflicts or simply want to be better at managing your relationships, DBT would be very helpful. You do not have to have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to participate in the group; in fact, DBT can be an amazing resource for any individual. DBT helps improve your ability to ask for what you need and create better boundaries with others by learning to say no – all with the right degree of intensity. DBT helps to decrease excessive worries and anxieties that lead to decreased self-esteem and self-harming thoughts and behaviors. DBT will teach you to find the right balance between tolerating emotions vs. learning to distract from them, change them or reduce their intensity. The overall goal of the group is to have a life worth living.