Our Emotion Management groups are run with the DBT modality of therapy. DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
We run 2 different DBT groups, based on age.
If you are a school counselor and would like to contract our DBT therapists, we will work with you to provide a weekly or biweekly group for 8-10 weeks/sessions. If you would like to donate to our Reach Out Program and help us help schools and teens more, click here.
If you would like to hire us to come provide this group for employees at your organization, let us know! We will work with you, your EAP, or potentially have enough donations to cover running this group. While group therapy may not work as well in a workplace settings (many people have trouble opening up in front of people they already know), we will adapt our group to be predominantly psychoeducational informational with group activities that promote applying the learned information and processing in a different way. We will also put together specific packages tailored to your organizations needs. See our packages page for options to build your own package.
DBT has 4 basic modules:
- Distress Tolerance
- Emotion Regulation
- Interpersonal Skills
DBT was created to help people struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, however it works for SO many other problems as well. If you have struggled with Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Anger, Mood swings, Conduct Disorder, issues with your own identity, issues making or keeping friends, keeping a job, keeping a place to live, or experience a lot of crises in your life, DBT could be for you!
In our groups, you (or your teen) will learn ways to manage the behaviors and the emotions leading to crises in your life. The picture shows the process in which we do this. Change takes time, and our DBT groups are ongoing, but a rotation of the stages above is roughly 16-24 weeks.
There are many types of therapies, so why DBT? Is it right for you?
In DBT, unlike CBT and ACT, we do not judge any thinking or behaviors. We simply recognize why they are happening and find ways to change it. It is more emotion-based and behavior-based working together.
If you have tried talk therapy and find that it is not really working for you or helping much, DBT could be right for you. There are no thought journals that might be time consuming in what is already a busy life, only a 1-2 minute daily log that can easily be done anywhere with an app! You do not have to put yourself down anymore. Things CAN be different!
Maybe you have yet to try any therapy but feel like everything you tried isn’t working.
We do provide coaching services. This is a 5-minute phone conversation if you are feeling strong urges to be impulsive in a dangerous way, or self-harm. We will walk you through the most appropriate ways to do this, and also let you know we are here for you if it is a crisis. For emergency situations you can contact us, but you should also contact 911 and/or The Crisis Center find the numbers in our Community Resources sections.
If you are a teen or young adult, or a parent searching for services for your teen/young adult, struggling with the issues we have discussed, now is the time to act! Teens are more likely to be impulsive, and get “tunnel-vision” making it difficult for them to see anything but hopelessness. We can help!
Trauma Informed Practices (TIPS)– We work hard to provide you with a Trauma informed practice. We recognize that most of the people who come to us have experienced trauma (either current or past) and are doing the best they can do with the tools that they have. We take this into account for all of our treatment options, but especially DBT.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)– DBT allows us to really improve people’s interpersonal skills and we come at DBT from a Social Emotional learning approach. Focused on how you relate yourself to those around you.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)– We plan to implement this in the future so that all of our group members have access to Behavioral intervention and supports.