Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy offers Skills Training Groups based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT skills groups can be a valuable addition to individual therapy because they offer practical strategies for managing strong emotions. The groups is open to new members at the beginning of each month when a new module starts. While group members are encouraged to participate in the whole cycle of skills training, the may commit to one unit at a time.
The four modules are:
Mindfulness: The "core" DBT skill. Mindfulness is about cultivating awareness of thoughts, emotions, and present-moment experiences. Because mindfulness is so central to DBT, we not only spend 4 weeks on learning this skill, but we also do a mindfulness practice together to start every group.
Emotion Regulation: understanding what emotions are and ways to de-escalate or change them.
Interpersonal Effectiveness: ways to get your needs met without damaging relationships or feeling overwhelmed.
Distress Tolerance: ways to tolerate distressing emotions when you can't de-escalate or change them.
The fee is often covered by insurance. Group members are required to be in individual therapy. Individual therapists do not have to be at Lakeview Center’s therapists as long as they are willing to support the use of DBT. The first step in joining the Skills Training Group is to meet with a is to contact hte group.
To learn more or to join the group, see our Groups page.