ADULT DBT SKILLS GROUP

 

Day/Time:    Wednesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Group Size:   5-8 participants
Cost:            $45/session, if an STLDBT client. $50/session for clients with outside therapists
Insurance:      Documentation provided to file for out-of-network reimbursement
Status:         Join now!
Information:  Email Katie@stldbt.com

Day/Time:     Thursdays, 6:15 to 7:45 pm
Group Size:   5-8 participants
Cost:             $45/session, if an STLDBT client. $50/session for clients with outside therapists
Insurance:      Documentation provided to file for out-of-network reimbursement
Status:          Join now!
Information:  Email Sherri@stldbt.com

Group training is run like a class where the group leader teaches skills and practice exercises to help you use the skills at home, school, work and social situations.

Up to eight clients meet weekly for 90 minutes to learn and practice DBT skills. Classes are organized in four modules:  core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.   It takes 6 months to complete all skills classes.  Most clients take the four DBT modules more than once to more fully absorb and apply the skills as they become increasingly automatic in most areas of your life, thus a typical course of treatment is 1 year.  Group skills training is NOT group therapy.

The fee for this class is $45-50 per session.  Occasionally scholarships are made available thanks to grateful program graduates who have chosen to “pay it forward” and sponsor a new participant.  Call for more information on this opportunity or to learn about sponsoring a group participant yourself.

 

what to expect

While each lesson will differ, there are some elements that will be addressed in each session.

Mindfulness Practice

 Each week, you will be lead in a mindfulness exercise that is designed to help you practice skills of 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 week.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get peer feedback, validation, and encouragement for skillful behaviors.

Skills Teaching

Each week, the group leader will present a new skill for tolerating tough situations, regulating difficult emotions, improving communication with others and living a more satisfying and present life.

Skills Practice and Homework

Skills presented in the class are either practiced in class or practice exercises for outside the class are determined and assigned.  The ONLY way this all works is if participants do the 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.

why are there two therapists in the room

The two therapists in the room represent one of the key dialectics in DBT – Acceptance and Change.  While one therapist (the leader) focuses on change through teaching of new skills and challenging ineffective behaviors, the co-leader 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!