Day/Time: Saturdays 9am – 4pm. (see upcoming schedule below)
Group Size: 6-8 participants
Cost: $250 per monthly session or payment plan of $62.50/week for 4 weeks
Insurance: Documentation provided for out-of-network claims to your insurance provider.
Status: Accepting new participants
Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Distress Tolerance: April 14, 2018
- Emotion Regulation: May 19, 2018
- Interpersonal Effectiveness, June 23, 2018
Consider this class if you:
~ Can’t commit to a weekly skills group for 24 weeks
~ Are bored easily and need a faster pace
~ Need flexibility to schedule around your calendar
~ Or maybe you want a skill refresher without having to go back to weekly groups
Now you can complete a full module of DBT skills in one day! By taking the module in one day you can also save money thanks to a lower total cost per module.
THE INTENSIVE FORMAT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE
Please consider our regular format, weekly DBT skills groups if any of the following apply to you:
- You are currently battling strong suicidal urges
- Staying emotionally regulated enough to engage in learning for a 6-hour stretch seems impossible to you
- You do NOT have an individual DBT therapist
- You do NOT intend to practice the skills learned in class between sessions
If an intensive approach appeals to you, sign up now for our next Saturday DBT Intensive Skills Group.
Each Saturday class session will focus on a module — core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. The day will mix instruction, experiential exercises and group discussion so you won’t get bored. If you’ve been through regular DBT and want a refresher, sign up only for the modules you want.
PRACTICE IS KEY
It takes four months to .get through all the skills Most clients take the four DBT modules more than once. That way, you not only learn the mechanics of the skills but also how to apply them in increasingly complex areas of your life. The goal is to practice the skills enough that they become more-or-less automatic over time, Coupled with individual therapy, a typical course of treatment is 8-12 months. In order for these skills to work it is imperative that one participates actively in class AND practices the skills outside of class.
WHAT TO EXPECT
While each month will differ, there are some common elements to each session.
Mindfulness Practice. Each Saturday, you will be lead in a mindfulness exercise designed to help you practice sitting with emotions or sensations without taking impulsive action, taking a nonjudgmental stance of self and others, or simply completing a single task one-mindfully. These exercises may include traditional meditations or more active and interactive exercises.
Skills Shout-Outs. During these brief, time-limited check-ins, participants share their use of skills that got them through the month. This is a wonderful opportunity to get peer feedback, validation, and encouragement for skillful behaviors.
Skills Teaching. Each Saturday, your group leaders will present a new set of skills. You will learn skills for tolerating tough situations, regulating difficult emotions, improving communication with others and living a more satisfying and present life.
Skills Practice and Homework. Working in groups, you will practice some skills in class but learning or even practicing a skill in class practice is not enough. You will be given a homework calendar for the month with weekly reminders.
The ONLY way skills can become more-or-less automatic is if you practice between sessions. You don’t go to the gym once a month to meet with a trainer and then expect a magazine-cover body in 6 months. The real work is done between sessions. We will give you the tools, knowledge and support to reshape your life. You have to do the practice!
The two therapists in the room represent one of the key dialectics in DBT – Acceptance and Change. While one therapist focuses on change through teaching of new skills and challenging ineffective behaviors, another focuses on accepting you just as you are by conveying understanding of why you do what you do. Even if it isn’t the most effective response in the world — she can make sense of it!