Summer College Age Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Groups

Our Institute offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in individual and group format. This summer we will be offering a consolidated DBT skills group for college students giving them the opportunity to learn DBT skills in a shorter time frame. We are accepting enrollment now. The group is weekly and will start the first week in JUNE. 

What is DBT?

DBT is a scientifically supported treatment based on a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and Eastern meditation techniques. It was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan to initially help individuals with suicidal thoughts/behaviors and self injury but has expanded to include a number of other conditions including eating disorders, substance use, depression, anxiety, and impulsive behaviors. DBT is an effective skills based treatment that enhances the quality of life for anyone struggling to manage intense emotions, such as anger, shame, anxiety, and depression. DBT is a good fit for individuals who don’t feel they are making adequate treatment gains in their current therapy or just feel stuck or unable to make positive changes in their lives.

Skill Groups

Skills groups meet weekly for 90 minutes for 24 weeks and are co-led by two DBT trained therapists. Skills groups follow the standard DBT modules consisting of:

  • Mindfulness – learn to be more present in your life; live with full attention
  • Distress Tolerance – cope effectively with intense negative emotions under times of crises
  • Emotion Regulation – learn how to identify, express, and manage emotions
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – learn effective communication skills to meet your needs and enhance personal and professional relationships

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