Could you benefit from our Spring 2023 short-term DBT Skills Group?
Do you find yourself struggling with coping with intense or painful emotions?
Do you need support managing anxiety, depression, and unhelpful behaviors?
These stressors significantly affect your overall sense of worth and lead to relationship struggles. You do not have to go through this on your own. DBT skills group can help.
This group can help you lead a purposeful and fulfilling life by providing support and skills for change. Dealing with difficult emotions on your own can be daunting; thus, the goal of this group is to create a safe and supportive environment for you to work on these issues. Adapted from the Skills training manual by the work of Dr. Marsha Linehan, this abbreviated DBT skills training group will give you better understanding of yourself and practice in using healthy coping skills that can help you make the changes you want to see in your life.
You possess the power to change your life; allow me to facilitate your healing journey.
In this DBT skills group we will work on building the knowledge and skills to deal with difficult emotions for six weeks. Specifically, you will learn the four core DBT skills: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation skills.
DBT Skills Group March-June 2023 details:
Group will be held online on zoom and will be limited to 8 people and will be facilitated by Asha Kadir. Group will cost 60 for each two-hour weekly session and you will also see Asha twice for an individual 45 minute session ($150). The group fee will be charged even if you miss a session, and you will have access to all the homework assignments if you have to miss.
Group will run on Mondays from 6-8pm.
Want to learn more? Set up a free 30-minute phone consultation for the DBT skills group now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or filling out our contact form.
More about DBT:
The Dialectical thinker.
Dr. Marsha Linehan founded Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based treatment proven to be efficacious in treating people with a wide range of disorders. It combines cognitive, behavioral, and mindful-based therapies, and at its core, DBT is known as a skills-based modality. If you want to watch brief introduction to Dr. Linehan’s why, this short video says more about how she developed this work and why.
What does it mean to be a dialectical thinker?
Marsha Linehan defines the term dialectical as the synthesis of opposites. At the core of dialectical thinking is acknowledging that two opposing phenomena can co-occur. You can love someone and be angry at them. This statement exemplifies the idea of dialectics.
You will leave this group a dialectical thinker who understands that two opposing things can co-exist. You will also be equipped with tools to regulate your emotions. Difficulty controlling emotions often affects your ability to handle stress and maintain healthy relationships.
Why do you have trouble controlling your emotions and actions?
It is not your fault, and here is why. Do you ever wonder why two people may experience the same phenomenon but react differently? It is because we are all unique and are wired differently. The same applies to the environment we are raised in, which plays a crucial role in our ability to regulate emotions.
The DBT biosocial theory helps us understand “why “from a no-blame perspective. Emotional vulnerability is biological and is simply how we are born, making it harder to regulate our emotions. This, when coupled with an invalidating social environment, makes it even more difficult to control emotions. When the environment is invalidating, and a person is predisposed to emotional sensitivity, this leads to pervasive emotion dysregulation. Both the biology and social environment influence your ability to regulate your emotions.
How do we run the group?
In the first session, you will be formally oriented to the group. You will be familiarized with the group’s structure, expectations, goals, and principles. Participation is critical, and everyone in the group will be invited to share their experiences. The purpose of this group is to foster emotional and social safety. The goal is to help all group members and the therapist agree to work together collaboratively.
The subsequent group sessions will focus on the four primary skills training modules. In the second session, we focus on core mindfulness skills. You will be taught to intentionally observe, describe, and participate in a non-judgmental manner.
Session three will focus on fostering interpersonal effectiveness. Getting along with others while asserting your own needs is fundamental in healthy relationships. This session will focus on building interpersonal effectiveness allowing you to develop and maintain healthy and satisfying relationships.
In session four, we shall focus on emotional regulation skills. The goal is to reduce emotional suffering but not eliminate the emotions. The key is to reduce how vulnerable we are to these emotions and build emotional resilience.
In the fifth session, we focus on learning to bear pain skillfully. We acknowledge that pain is part of life and cannot avoid it. The goal is to be able to tolerate distress without feeling to need to change it. The sixth and final session will be dedicated to wrapping up.
In Asha’s words,
I recognize that sometimes difficulties in our lives stem from the dissonance between what society seems to want and need from us and our thoughts, perceptions, and expectations. We will work together to build on your strengths and resources using several different tenets of DBT to tailor the group experience to your needs. I believe you are unique, and I will respond to your individuality, beliefs, and needs during our work together. I want to work collaboratively with you to help you resolve this dissonance. I believe you already have what you need to heal, and I have the skills and experience to help you walk the walk and make the kinds of change you have not been able to yet on your own.