Welcome to this 13-week evidenced based modified version of the 24-week DBT skills-based group as outline by Marsha Linehan.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a skill-based therapy that focuses on helping individuals make desired changes to emotional, behavioural, interpersonal, and thinking patterns that may be causing problems in everyday life. It can be helpful for changing unhelpful patterns of behaviour and difficult regulation emotions. “Emotion dysregulation has been linked to a variety of mental health problem stemming from patterns of instability in emotion regulation, impulse control, interpersonal relationships, and self-image” (Linehan, 2015). This group will provide you with concrete tools and the support needed to start making desired changes in your life.
There are 4 main modules in DBT that work to support and address the areas of concern listed above and often times many more.
Distress Tolerance – learn tools to help with impulse control, self-soothing, acceptance, and sitting with uncomfortable emotions.
Emotion Regulation – focuses on understand and naming emotions, and learning about emotional vulnerability.
Interpersonal Effectiveness – supports improving communication skills, building healthy relationships, and strengthening and maintaining current relationships.
Mindfulness – learn about strategies that can help with reducing pain, tension, and stress, as well as learn ways to experience things in a renewed way.