Problematic behaviors evolve as a way to cope with a situation or as an attempt to solve a problem. While these behaviors might provide temporary relief, they often are not effective in the long-term. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) assumes that clients are doing the best they can, AND they need to learn new behaviors in all relevant contexts. The function of DBT skills is to help enhance a client's capabilities. There are four skills taught in DBT: Mindfulness which is the practice of being fully aware and present in this one moment, Distress Tolerance which is how to tolerate pain in difficult situations, not change it, Interpersonal Effectiveness which is how to ask for what you want and say no while maintaining self-respect and relationships with others, and Emotion Regulation which works on how to change emotions that you want to change.
Skills training groups will be weekly sessions and will run for 16 weeks beginning in July. Each group will be 1.5 hours long. Group leaders assign homework to help clients practice the skills in their everyday lives. Adolescent group for ages 15-18 will be held Tuesdays from 5:30-7. Adult group for ages 18 and older will be held Thursdays from 5:30-7. Please call Jelan Agnew at 860-416-0961 for more information or to schedule an intake assessment.