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DBT
Groups

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DBT
Groups

What is DBT?
And What Are Dialectical Behavior Therapy Groups?

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment that incorporates components of individual therapy and skills training. Incorporating techniques such as mindfulness, acknowledgement, and acceptance, over time DBT has been proven helpful for individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, chaotic relationships, impulsive behaviors, purging, self-injury, substance abuse, truancy, and more. The goal of DBT is to teach participants how to regulate emotions during high periods of stress, engage in healthy relationships, handle conflicts appropriately, utilize adaptive coping behaviors, and ultimately live more balanced lives. Because Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a multi-method approach, both individual therapy and group therapy are recommended for treatment. And it's the DBT Group Therapy piece that provides a safe and social environment where adolescents, teenagers, and young adults can learn and practice emotional and behavioral regulation skills.

Skills Covered in DBT Groups

DBT Group services often cover skills from four key categories:

  • Mindfulness: How to stay present in the moment and adopt a non-judgemental stance of yourself, others, or situation.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: How to navigate relationships more effectively by learning how to make requests, balance priorities and demands, say “No” and stick to it, build a sense of self-respect, and maintain healthy, positive relationships.
  • Distress Tolerance: How to manage periods of high emotional intensity (distress) in a healthier and more effective way.
  • Emotional Regulation: How to more effectively manage your emotions by decreasing unpleasant emotions and increasing positive experiences. Also how to identify and understand your emotions; reduce emotional vulnerability and decrease emotional suffering.

How Our DBT Groups Can Help

Wynns Family Psychology offers DBT groups for tweens, teens, and young adults throughout the year. (Please note individual therapy sessions are also recommended for more personal work.) Check out our list of age-based DBT Groups below.

 

 

List of DBT Groups:

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DBT Group for Teenagers

Grades 9-12; Ongoing 2024

Is your teen struggling with managing his emotions? Is she often overwhelmed or easily upset? Has your teen expressed a sense of emptiness or confusion? Is there frequent family conflict? Is she struggling in her peer relationships? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based approach that helps teens learn how to cope with emotions in a healthy and productive manner. DBT is especially helpful for teens diagnosed with anxiety or depression, or for kids struggling with self-harming behaviors such as cutting. Our ongoing Teen DBT group is comprised of four different modules—Mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

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Tween DBT Group

Grades 6-8; Ongoing 2024

Is your tween struggling with managing her emotions? Is he often overwhelmed or easily upset? Has your tween expressed a sense of emptiness or confusion? Is there frequent family conflict? Is he struggling in his peer relationships? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based approach that helps tweens learn how to cope with emotions in a healthy and productive manner. DBT is especially helpful for tweens diagnosed with anxiety or depression, or for kids struggling with self-harming behaviors such as cutting. Our ongoing DBT Tween group is comprised of four different modules—Mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

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Young Adult DBT Group

Ages 18-26; Ongoing 2024

Are you a young adult struggling with managing your emotions? Are you often overwhelmed or easily upset? Have you expressed a sense of emptiness or confusion? Is there frequent family conflict? Are you struggling to maintain meaningful peer relationships? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based approach that helps young adults learn how to cope with emotions in a healthy and productive manner. DBT is especially helpful for young adults diagnosed with anxiety or depression, or for those struggling with self-harming behaviors such as cutting. Our ongoing DBT Young Adult Group is comprised of four different modules—Mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

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DBT Resources & Articles

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DBT Groups F.A.Q.

DBT is a two-pronged approach to help change your adolescent’s behaviors. Research has shown that both skills training and individual therapy are equally important components to treatment. In addition, as the DBT group is primarily educational in nature, we require that all group members participate in individual therapy at the same time at the provider of your choosing. We request that you complete an authorization form on file in order to allow the group leader to check in with your tween/teen’s individual therapist about progress and to consult about any issues that may arise during the course of group.

Because our groups are popular and we limit the number of group members (to maintain a manageable and effective class size), there is often a waiting list of interested members. In order to make space available to clients who want to get the most out of our services and are committed to attending each session, payments and deposits for groups are non-refundable, no exceptions.

Parents / clients receive a receipt for all sessions at the end of each module. Most insurance plans reimburse a percentage of the fees for DBT groups under the group therapy code 90853 (we add on the (95) code for virtual groups). We can provide an insurance “cheat sheet” that guides you through how to determine your specific benefits. Also, we accept Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Cards and Health Savings Account (HSA) Cards in our office. (Most FSA’s and HSA’s cover therapy, testing, groups, and custody services.)

Research shows that DBT skills generalize best with lots of practice and positive reinforcement. Therefore, we strongly encourage you and your tween/teen to complete the homework assignments. Homework is also a helpful way for you, your adolescent, and your group’s leader to track progress. Please note, that group members will be held responsible for completing assignments in group, should they not complete them at home.

No. Your adolescent’s DBT group is designed to be both educational and fun. All meetings will begin with a mindfulness exercise. Sessions will include a teaching component, including hands on, experiential exercises, handouts, videos, music, and assignments to complete between classes. Sessions will end with another brief mindfulness or relaxation exercise to model calming skills your adolescent can use at home. Your tween/teen will be given homework assignments and self-monitoring worksheets that will be reviewed the following week. These are designed to help him/her in applying the skills to “real world” situations.

Although it’s not always easy to see skills generalize immediately outside of the group setting, as your adolescent gets more and more practice, you should start noticing improvement in behavior, self-control, and interpersonal relations in general. And even though different tweens/teens will make progress at different rates, by the end of our groups, we typically get overwhelmingly positive feedback about the results.

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Get In Touch - Information & Scheduling

Call 919-467-7777 or email Info@WynnsFamilyPsychology.com to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our therapy services, testing services, social skills groups, custody services, and team of psychologists and therapists. You can also complete our new client inquiry form to get started.

Most new clients are scheduled for their first full appointment at the Cary, Raleigh, or Greensboro, NC office locations within one to two weeks of calling. We also offer telehealth for those who prefer to have virtual sessions from home, school, or the office.

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