DBT Groups - Winter 2018 

Adolescent DBT Therapy Group

STARTING SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 5:30 - 7:00 PM

BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

$75/SESSION

(An 8-week commitment is expected through November 14th)

8-WEEK-SESSION PACKAGE - $545 
(You save $55)

A typical session for the Adolescent DBT Therapy Group will consist of mindfulness exercises, presentation of new skills, and homework review.  Experiential learning methods will be used to practice new skills within the safe, supportive confines of the group.

Adult Women DBT Group

Improve your emotional resiliency and coping skills. 

ONGOING GROUP 2018

TUESDAYS 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

BEGINNING TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018

$75/SESSION

(An 8-week commitment is expected)

8-WEEK-SESSION PACKAGE - $545
(You save $55)

CURRENTLY THERE ARE ONLY TWO OPENINGS 

A typical session for the Adult Women DBT Relationship Group will consist of mindfulness exercises, presentation of new skills, and homework review.  Experiential learning methods will be used to practice new skills within the safe, supportive confines of the group. 

Parents of Teenagers Group  

NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2018

FRIDAYS 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

BEGINNING TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018

$50/SESSION

(An 8-week commitment is expected)

8-WEEK-SESSION PACKAGE - $360
(You save $40)

A typical session for the Parents of Teenagers Group will consist of mindfulness exercises, presentation of new skills, and homework review.  Experiential learning methods will be used to practice new skills within the safe, supportive confines of the group.  

DBT GROUP INFORMATION


DBT is an evidence-based treatment for those struggling with intense emotions, mood disorders, anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation.  DBT is a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Zen philosophy and principles that uses a skills-based approach to teach clients how to manage emotions, tolerate distress and improve interpersonal relationships.   

DBT is a skills-based therapy that is divided into four modules:  Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness.  Clients are taught sets of skills in each module that reduce symptoms, decrease problematic behaviors and increase mindful awareness.

What do clients learn in DBT?

DBT skills are taught in a group/classroom format and are divided into four modules:

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to have non-judgmental awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.  Mindfulness is one of the core concepts of DBT, and a foundation for the other skills and strategies taught. Being mindful allows us to notice urges more easily, thus allowing for change in problematic behaviors.

Emotion Regulation

All of us feel and experience emotions on a daily basis.  For many people, emotions feel more intense and overwhelming, which often results in self-harm, substance abuse, avoidance, and relationship conflicts.  Learning how to understand and increase the ability to manage strong emotions is the goal of this module. There are many useful strategies and techniques taught in DBT to assist clients in having more control of not only how intense the emotions get, but ways to cope in healthier ways.


Distress Tolerance

DBT recognizes that many clients are unable to change or stop distressing emotions, and that at times, we need to accept and tolerate those feelings. Distress Tolerance is a set of skills that help the client effectively cope with thoughts and feelings that often lead to behaviors that make a situation worse. There are many coping skills taught in this module for times when there is strong emotions, but not a readily available solution to change or fix the situation prompting the emotions.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Clients often report that relationships can produce the most emotional difficulties, and are looking for more effective ways of communicating and dealing with conflict.   Interpersonal Effectiveness is a set of skills which help the client learn to ask for the things they want or need, stand up for themselves, set limits, negotiate, and cope with interpersonal problems.

DBT Groups

During DBT Groups, clients are taught the DBT skills, discuss ways to use skills based on the goals they are working on, and then practice the skills before the next session.  The goal of the group is for clients to not only learn the skills, but to practice them in different situations so that they start to feel effortless over time. Most clients benefit from hearing how others in the group practice skills, and in receiving feedback and guidance from the group leader.   

Candace C. Smith, LCSW

8500 N. Mopac, Suite 402

Austin, TX 78759

(512) 680-0425

austindbt at yahoo dot com 

You can now schedule your appointment online. 

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