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Thrive Wellness Presents -
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training Group
Starting Tuesday, September 12 from 6-7:30pm and will run for
12 weeks. Members are asked to enroll for the entirety of the
program in order to gain benefit from learning all of the skills
offered in this group. This group is intended to give members a
brief overview to the different DBT modalities to help live a life
with meaning and purpose and decrease suffering.
What is DBT and is it for me?
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an effective treatment to help
people who experience intense, negative emotions. DBT skills aim to
help enhance your capabilities in day-to-day life. The four skills your
therapist will teach include: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness,
Distress Tolerance, and Emotional Regulation.
DBT was created by Marsha Linehan initially for treating people with
Borderline Personality Disorder. Since that time if has been found to
help with a range of difficulties including: anxiety, depression, Bipolar
Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorder,
etc. These skills can be applied to most complexities we deal with as
humans living in an evolving world.

This is not a traditional group therapy model where participants will discuss
their problems with other participants and is most helpful when it
supplements the work one is doing in individual therapy. Often times it can
be difficult to teach skills as well as engage in traditional therapy in a one-
hour session. Think of this more like a classroom setting where new coping
skills will be taught and practiced by group members.
In this group participants will have the opportunity to practice what they
learn from week to week and there will be in between session assignments
in order to put the new skills into practice.
A brief introduction to the skills taught in DBT Training -
Mindfulness: We teach practical skills to be awake and present to your
life, as it is happening now, instead of being trapped in the past or worrying
about the future. Some compare Mindfulness to a superpower because
with this skill it can help us decrease reactivity and create additional crisis’s
in our lives. These skills help you slow down so you can use healthy coping
skills, interrupt negative thought patterns and decrease impulsive behavior.
Distress tolerance: In this module participants will learn skills to help get
through difficult moments or crisis without making the situation worse.
Often times we find it difficult to tolerate pain and turn towards short-term
solutions that ultimately make things worse.
Interpersonal effectiveness: Let’s face it, relationships can be
challenging! This module helps participants become more assertive in a
relationship, identify barriers to implementing boundaries, learn to
communicate more effectively, and get your needs met in relationships.
Participants will develop an understanding of how to ask for what you want
and need and setting boundaries while maintaining respect for yourself and
Emotion regulation: A lot of people try to suppress their emotions and do
not understand what their emotions are trying to communicate. In this
module participants will become more aware of what emotions are, what
they do and how they communicate to yourself and others. Participants will
learn to have more control of their emotions and regulate the intensity of
their emotions. When you are able to recognize and cope with intense

negative emotions it reduces your emotional vulnerability and helps you
have more positive emotional experiences.
An initial assessment is required before joining the group in order to
determine if this is a good fit for your needs. We take most major
insurance including Medicare, Medicaid, Optum/UMR/UBH, BCBS, and
The self-pay rate for the initial assessment is $150 and $50 per group.
Contact for enrollment and questions –
Elizabeth Davis, LCSW

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