Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) often includes skills-based training in a group setting. In a DBT skills group, clients will learn and practice DBT tools to improve their ability to problem solve, cope with crisis, manage interpersonal conflicts, and set and achieve goals in various areas of their lives.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills groups consist of four modules:
- Mindfulness skills
- Distress tolerance skills
- Emotion regulation skills
- Interpersonal effectiveness skills
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been shown to be an effective treatment for a number of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, impulsivity, and relationship problems. Although it was originally developed to help people who were struggling with suicide, this comprehensive treatment package can be useful for those who are experiencing emotional distress such as anxiety, depression, or anger, as well as those having difficulty overcoming procrastination, interpersonal isolation, relationship conflict, or effectiveness at work.
DBT Groups at The Counseling Center of Maryland
At The Counseling Center of Maryland, we offer DBT groups for adolescents, teenagers, college-age students, and adults.
For younger clients (ages 8-18), we offer two different group formats:
- Nicole Fayard and Emily Rizzo co-lead two Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT Skills Groups for adolescents ages 13 to 18. Group members will learn and review DBT skills from the four modules of DBT, including mindfulness skills, distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. Parents/caregivers participate in a separate DBT skills group twice a month.
- Victoria Mwongela and Heather McMullen co-lead a Multi-Family DBT Skills Group for children and adolescents ages 8 to 17. In this group, children and adolescents work alongside their parents/caregivers to learn and review DBT skills. The multi-family structure allows family members to practice DBT skills in the same setting, ensuring that everyone has the same toolkit for regulating emotions and achieving mindfulness at home.