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Group Therapy

DBT Skills Training (Stress Management) groups
DBT groups are psycho-educational, which means they are more like a class than a typical "support" group (though the group process in itself is supportive). Clients will be introduced to concepts and theories related to empathy, acceptance, self-compassion, emotions, mindfulness and assertive communication to name a few, and they will be taught specific behavioral skills to help them cope more effectively with life's stressors. DBT is heavily researched and shown to be effective in treating a wide-range of symptoms.

Groups meet on a weekly basis: Tuesdays: 6:00PM - 7:30PM or Saturdays: 10:30AM to 12:00PM. There are 4 modules in DBT Skills training (summarized below). Each group session is 90 minutes. New groups begin approximately every 8-10 weeks. You may attend one or all of the modules listed below based on your specific needs and/or therapist recommendations. A diagnostic assessment (60 minute session) is required prior to the start of group. 

1. Interpersonal Effectiveness (8 sessions): Assertive communication skils. How to ask for what you want and say no effectively
2. Emotion Regulation (8 sessions): How to improve awareness of thoughts and feelings and reduce the intensity of severe emotions
3. Distress Tolerance (8 sessions): How to tolerate pain in difficult situations by balancing  thought distraction and  emotion acceptance
4. Mindfulness (4 sessions): The practice of being fully aware and present in the moment

Scroll down for more details about each module.

The majority of the people who attend DBT groups are human beings (very few are robots). All kidding aside, group members range in age (16 to senior citizen), gender, socioeconomic status and cultural backgrounds. Some of the group members are there because DBT was recommended by their therapist. Some just attend group and do not meet with an individual therapist. Some meet with me for individual therapy on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or as-needed basis. The common thread (other than human) is a desire to learn coping tools for managing stress and improving relationships. 

If you plan to use insurance to cover the cost of group therapy, you will be responsible for your co-pay at the beginning of each group. Please contact your insurance company directly to confirm your coverage, co-pay and any additional out of pocket costs. Click here to learn more about insurance.

Out of pocket:
*Diagnostic Assessment: $200
*Groups: $75 per session

*Acuity mental health allows a limited number of clients to attend skills groups at a discounted rate of $25 per session if paid in advance. Please contact Acuity via email ([email protected]) or text (503-875-5011) to inquire further.

Group days and times:
All groups meet weekly on the following days:

Tuesdays: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturdays: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Interpersonal Effectiveness (Assertive Communication)
Meets one day each week for 8 sessions beginning in JANUARY

Under the guidance of a Licensed Therapist, you will learn the basic skills needed to:     
  • Reduce your anxiety symptoms when faced with an interpersonal conflict
  • Reduce intense emotional reactions in others when expressing opposition
  • Identify your communication style and how it impacts your relationships
  • Identify what you truly want and need from others
  • Stay mindful of your objectives during a conflict
  • Effectively express your true feelings and opinions to others
  • Ask for what you want/need in your relationships
  • Say, “no”, and set boundaries with others
Emotion Regulation
Meets one day each week for 8 sessions beginning in MARCH

Under the guidance of a Licensed Therapist, you will learn the basic skills needed to:
  • Reduce the intensity of unwanted/uncomfortable emotions
  • Tolerate situational stressors
  • Reduce obsessive thinking and ruminations
  • Survive an emotional crisis
  • Identify how you REALLY feel
  • Use self-compassion and emotion validation
  • Reduce vulnerability to negative emotions
  • Gain insight into the purpose of emotions
  • Cope with emotionally intense situations ahead of time
  • Use problem solving and logic to reduce emotional suffering

Distress Tolerance
Meets one day each week for 8 sessions beginning in MAY

Under the guidance of a Licensed Therapist, you will learn the basic skills needed to:   
  • Survive an emotional crisis without making it worse
  • Understand the difference between an “emotion” and an “emotional crisis”
  • Use distraction without stuffing your feelings
  • Self-soothe with the five senses
  • Improve the moment by finding meaning
  • Use imagery, relaxation and self compassion to reduce the intensity of emotions
  • Replace suffering with acceptance
  • Get “unstuck” from overthinking and ruminations
  • Use willingness to do just what is needed (and not more)
  • Change your facial expression and body chemistry to change your experience

Meets one day each week for 4 sessions beginning in JULY

Under the guidance of a Licensed Therapist, you will learn the basic skills needed to:   
  • Stay engaged in the present moment
  • Reduce the intensity of emotional suffering
  • Increase control of your mind
  • Expand your awareness of thoughts and feelings so that you are no longer running on auto-pilot
  • Replace “all or nothing thinking” with reality acceptance
  • Improve your ability to feel joy, decrease worry thoughts and ruminations about the past
  • Find a place of balance and peace of mind.
If you are intersted in beginning DBT, click below to schedule your initial diagnostic assessment:

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