Day/Time: Third Saturday of each month, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Group Size: 6-8 participants
Cost: Each monthly session billed $62.50/week for 4 weeks
Insurance: Documentation provided for out-of-network claims to your insurance provider.
Status: Accepting new participants
Information: Email Sandra@stldbt.com
Can’t commit to a weekly skills group for 24 weeks?
Bored easily and need a faster pace?
Want to learn with a nationally certified DBT therapist?
Need flexibility to schedule around your calendar?
Or maybe you want a refresher?
Now you can complete all four modules of DBT skills in four Saturdays — one a month at a lower cost per module and in less time than weekly sessions over 24 weeks. If an intensive approach appeals to you, sign up now for our monthly Third Saturday DBT Intensive Skills Group. The Saturday Intensive meets the third Saturday of each month from 8:30 to 3:30.
Each Saturday 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. Casey Limmer, nationally certified DBT therapist, will lead the 3-therapist team.
The Third Saturday Intensives offer you scheduling and pricing flexibility. If you want to get through all the modules quickly, sign up for consecutive months and get a price break. If your calendar is erratic, schedule the modules in months when you’re available. If you’ve been through regular DBT and want a refresher, sign up only for the modules you want.
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.
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 week 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!