Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Group
As part of our comprehensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) program, our next DBT Skills Training Group begins on January 8, 2020.
This evidence-based 6-month program is designed for individuals struggling with any of the following symptoms:
- emotion dysregulation (e.g., intense emotions, problematic anger, problems identifying or communicating emotions)
- impulsive and/or self-destructive behaviours (e.g., suicide, self-injury)
- eating disorders
- borderline personality disorder
- substance abuse, gambling problems
In order to help individuals better manage their symptoms and engage in more effective coping behaviours, the following four skills modules are offered:
Mindfulness: Mindfulness skills are designed to teach people how to focus their attention on the present moment without judgment. Very often, people have difficulty staying in the present moment and get stuck in the past or chronically worry about the future. Mindfulness techniques in DBT teach participants how to better control emotions by learning to control attention. Practicing mindfulness takes people off “automatic pilot” and allows them to stand back and observe painful thoughts and feelings without judging the experience or acting impulsively.
Distress Tolerance: The skills in this module are designed to help people get through a crisis (e.g., painful emotions, urges for unhealthy behaviours, triggering life events) without making things worse. When emotions feel overwhelming and situations are difficult, people with few distress tolerance skills often turn to their symptoms as ways of coping and regulating themselves. This module includes dozens of concrete strategies for distracting from pain, improving the moment, self-soothing, and radically accepting reality in order to move forward.
Emotion Regulation: This module teaches participants how to identify feelings, distinguish between primary and secondary emotions, and understand the function of their emotions. Many clients have trouble identifying, experiencing, and communicating their emotions. Instead of rejecting or suppressing feelings, these skills emphasize the adaptive nature of emotions, ways to reduce vulnerability to negative emotions, and how to generate more positive feeling states.
Interpersonal Effectiveness: Maintaining relationships and negotiating needs with others is central to our wellbeing. When we feel taken for granted, invalidated, and pushed aside by the people in our lives, we are more likely to experience negative emotions and distressing urges for self-destructive behaviour. The Interpersonal Effectiveness module teaches participants how to identify and assert their needs, set appropriate limits, end toxic relationships, and build healthy social connections.
Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO DBT) Skills Group
Are you the sort of person who is some of the following: dutiful, avoids risk and novelty, plans ahead, struggles to really connect with others, follows rules, feels unappreciated, struggles to relax and be playful?
RO DBT is a new evidence-based treatment for patients with emotional over-control. ‘Self- Control’ is usually seen as a good thing, however too much self-control can cause difficulties. Excessive self-control is associated with social isolation and poor interpersonal relations and it contributes to conditions like anorexia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, chronic depression and autistic spectrum disorders.
We are social beings and we know that 3 core components of emotional well-being are:
- Openness to feedback, even when this is challenging
- Flexibility in our responses, to ever changing demands
- Communication of our emotions, recognizing that expressing emotion is crucial when forming close interpersonal bonds
RO-DBT treatment strategies aim to build:
- Flexible responding to the demands of the moment
- Emphasis on the importance of authentic emotional expression to build positive interpersonal relationships
- Self-inquiry into our usual responses
- Ability to manage unexpected or challenging feedback
- Greater receptivity and openness
- Stronger social connections
We will be offering an RO-DBT skills group beginning in January 2020. This is a 24 week commitment, groups are 90 minutes in duration. For more information on dates/times and fees, please contact our office at Info@MidlandDBT.com
Dr. Anita Federici is a Clinical Psychologist and the Owner and of MidlandDBT, a private practice specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and disorders of emotion regulation, including recurrent suicide, self-injury, and borderline personality disorder. She is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the elected Co-Chair for the Suicide and DBT Special Interest Group for the Academy for Eating Disorders. Anita has an established reputation for her work as a therapist, clinical trainer, researcher, program director and consultant. She has provided clinical training and program development for numerous hospitals and organizations in North America. In 2019, she was awarded Business Woman of the Year by the Meridian Women of Excellence Committee. Dr. Federici is a recognized authority on eating disorder treatment and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Her work has been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals and invited book chapters. For more on Dr. Federici, please click here.
In most cases, our DBT skills group clients are required to attend weekly individual DBT therapy and use phone coaching through the clinic. However, where appropriate, we do have group-only clients who benefit from learning and practicing DBT skills.
Classes are billed at $100.00 per week for 24 weeks and are due at the time of service. This cost includes all handouts and material.
Each class is 90 minutes and facilitated by Dr. Anita Federici and a member of her team.
Spaces are limited. This group may be covered by extended health benefits.
For more information, please contact us.