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DBT Skills Classes

Join me for a small, closed and confidential group (no more than eight participants) and learn the emotional coping skills and strategies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which can help you better manage your emotions and relationships to live the life you want.

Each group module lasts four to six weeks, with four distinct modules in total: Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness, and adhere Dr. Marsha Linehan's DBT structure, an evidence-based treatment created at the University of Washington. You do not need to commit to all four modules to begin. 

 

DBT is effective for moderate to severe emotion dysregulation and symptoms associated with Borderline Personality Disorder, although you do not need to have a diagnosis to benefit from DBT. Many with anxiety and depression and other mood disorders have benefited from learning the DBT skills as a means of coping.

Current DBT Skills Groups Available

Distress Tolerance

(Day and Evening Classes Available)

This short, experiential module focuses on DBT skills you can use to manage difficult emotions without making them worse. I commonly hear people say, I know I'm sad (angry, scared, etc) I just don't know what to do about it! This module is about helping you learn and practice the things you can do to regain balance and a sense of control. We also look at techniques for managing difficult emotions around situations you can't change or control.

In this module you will learn to create a "self care kit" you can use for years to come.

Where:  New Road, Linwood, New Jersey

When:

 

DAY CLASS: Thursdays, Noon to 1:30 p.m. (starting Sept 12)

EVENING CLASS: Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (starting Sept 10)

How long? Six Weeks

Cost:  $50 per group

Book: We will use Dr. Marsha Linehan's Second Edition of the DBT Skills Training Manual (Handouts and Worksheets, spiral bound). You can purchase the book in advance on Amazon, or you can buy directly from Lauren. We use the same book for all four modules.

UPCOMING CLASSES

(watch this space for start dates/times)

Emotion Regulation, Part I

This is the core of DBT, where we focus on decreasing the frequency of your unwanted emotions, while also helping you understand why they are there (and, which emotion you're actually feeling), and what they are telling you. We will also work on decreasing your emotional vulnerability and reducing the amount of time you spend thinking about and managing extreme emotions.

 

Part II, to follow, continues the module for a final five weeks (Note: Part I is required to take Part II unless you have taken prior DBT skills classes elsewhere).

Book: We will use Dr. Marsha Linehan's Second Edition of the DBT Skills Training Manual (Handouts and Worksheets, spiral bound). You can purchase the book in advance on Amazon, or you can buy directly from Lauren. We use the same book for all four modules.

 

Emotion Regulation, Part II

This is a continuation of the core of DBT, where we focus on decreasing the frequency of your unwanted emotions, while also helping you understand why they are there (and, which emotion you're actually feeling), and what they are telling you. We will also work on decreasing your emotional vulnerability and reducing the amount of time you spend thinking about and managing extreme emotions.

 

Note: Part I is required to take Part II unless you have taken prior DBT skills classes elsewhere.

Book: We will use Dr. Marsha Linehan's Second Edition of the DBT Skills Training Manual (Handouts and Worksheets, spiral bound). You can purchase the book in advance on Amazon, or you can buy directly from Lauren. We use the same book for all four modules.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Managing emotions is difficult enough, then add family, relationships, spouses, friends, co-workers into the mix and life can get pretty challenging. This module is where you take all you've learned into DBT (if you have taken prior modules) out into the world to more effectively communicate with the people in your life and to skillfully influence change in all relationships.

We will practice specific techniques that can help you ask for difficult things, and draw limits when you tend to give too much of yourself away. This module also focuses on self-talk, and treating yourself with more respect and kindness.

Book: We will use Dr. Marsha Linehan's Second Edition of the DBT Skills Training Manual (Handouts and Worksheets, spiral bound). You can purchase the book in advance on Amazon, or you can buy directly from Lauren. We use the same book for all four modules.

Core Mindfulness

Learn the core skills that teach you to observe your emotions so as to better manage them, rather than getting caught up and reacting from an emotional mindset.

Book: We will use Dr. Marsha Linehan's Second Edition of the DBT Skills Training Manual (Handouts and Worksheets, spiral bound). You can purchase the book in advance on Amazon, or you can buy directly from Lauren. We use the same book for all four modules.