DBT Skills group (dialectical behaviour therapy)
10 Jays Street
What is dialectical behaviour therapy?
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is the most researched treatment for individuals with extreme emotional sensitivity living with borderline personality disorder (BPD). It is also effective for bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder. DBT is a modification of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and it applies a range of cognitive-behavioural strategies and mindfulness skills to the problems experienced by people living with emotion dysregulation. The skills taught are effective at helping people to manage their emotions, their behaviour, their relationships and their distress.
What will I learn?
There are four DBT skills modules and they include core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Our groups are based on the recently updated DBT Skills Training Manual by Marsha Linehan (2014) and can be attended on a modular basis or purchased as a package of four. Core mindfulness consists of four weekly sessions and is designed to teach you how to increase your awareness levels, focus better, train your attention and decrease reactivity. Distress tolerance module lasts for five weeks and is centred on accepting difficult situations and emotions and finding ways to survive and tolerate the moment without engaging in problematic behaviours such as self-harm. Emotion regulation entails seven weekly classes and involves learning to recognise and label current emotions, identify obstacles to changing emotions, reduce emotional reactivity, increase positive emotions and change emotions that are unhelpful or unwarranted. Interpersonal effectiveness is spread over seven weeks and teaches effective strategies for asking for what you need, saying no, and coping with interpersonal conflict. This module teaches skills for maintaining balanced interpersonal relationships.
How will I learn?
New skills are presented each week and homework is assigned for participants to practice during the week. Homework is reviewed at the next group. People who commit to both individual therapy and skills groups will have access to free phone crisis coaching, which can be accessed at times of heightened distress seven days a week. This helps to generalise their newly acquired knowledge and accelerate the effective use of skills. The goal of the group is for people to gain new skills, get better at the skills they have and be able to use the skills when they are really needed, such as during times of intense emotion, crisis or conflict.
Who should join the group?
Traditionally, DBT skills group was designed to serve as a supplement to individual psychotherapy. We are offering places to people with a simultaneous involvement in individual counselling or psychotherapy and to those who are only interested in learning the skills, or those who attended DBT in the past and now want to refresh their knowledge of some of the modules. Individuals interested in beginning the full DBT programme will be assessed by a member of the Mind-Reframed Team. Entry points onto the programme are at the beginning of a module.
Format of the group
This group meets weekly for two hours at the Barnsbury Centre in Islington. Nearest stations are Kings Cross, Caledonian Road or Caledonian Road and Barnsbury. Our groups are held on Saturday mornings between 10:30 and 12:30.
The fee is £80 per two hour weekly session and it includes workbooks. Discounts are available for people who commit to each of the four modules. Deposit of £100 must be paid at the time of booking at www.mind-reframed.com/booking.
About the host
These groups are facilitated by qualified and experienced therapists who, in addition to their core training, received extensive training and expert supervision in dialectical behaviour therapy. To find out more about them please go to www.mind-reframed.com/aboutus.