DBT Skills Groups

DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Skills Training groups are for clients who would like to cope more effectively with intense emotions, addictive behaviors, and/or relationship struggles. DBT Skills are taught to reduce self-destructive behaviors and learn more adaptive ways to manage painful emotions. There are 4 main components taught within a DBT group: Interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and mindfulness. DBT asks people to complete homework assignments such as role-playing new ways of interacting with others, and to practice skills such as soothing yourself when upset; these skills are a crucial part of DBT treatment. You will learn at least one new skill each week in DBT group and will be asked to reinforce the skills by practicing in your day to day environment between group sessions. You don’t need to be a group person to benefit from a DBT group. You just need to be open to learning new ways of managing your emotions and relationships, as the group is very structured. If you struggle with managing your emotions and your behaviors, or find conflict and asserting your needs in relationships hard, you’ll get a lot out of a DBT group!