DBT is for people who have trouble dealing with intense emotions. A person may have developed coping skills which seem to relieve stress in the short term; however, in the long-term this tends to interfere with his/her quality of life.
These problematic coping skills may take the form of:
• Ongoing emotional distress
• Impulsive risk taking
• Withdrawal from work, family, or social relationships
• Uncontrollable or repressed anger
• Self-injurious behavior
• Suicide attempts
• Chronic interpersonal conflict
DBT is not only for persons with severe or life threatening behaviors. In fact, it is highly effective for individuals with long-term anxiety or depression, bi-polar disorders, issues with perfectionism, self-esteem, or people who have difficulty identifying, naming or expressing their emotion effectively.
How does it work?
DBT consists of two parts.
1. A weekly emotional skills training class (group) where we focus on:
• Mindfulness – learning to relax and trust yourself.
• Emotional regulation – becoming more in control of your emotions.
• Distress tolerance – learning to cope with problems without creating more of a crisis.
• Interpersonal effectiveness – creating more rewarding relationships.
2. Weekly individual sessions where you learn to apply the skills to your individual situation.
Nuts and bolts
• The DBT group is ongoing; we take new group members at the beginning of each module.
• Group is on Thursday evenings 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.
• Both male and female adults are eligible for the group.
• Most medical insurance companies cover DBT.
• Maria Bolin facilitates both DBT groups and individual DBT treatments.
• If you need an individual DBT therapist you can use me, or I can refer you to another DBT therapist.
If you are interested or have questions, please call or email me.
DBT Skills Groups
• Thursday evenings 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.
• Covered by most insurance