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 July 17, 2019.
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.
Dr. Anita Federici is a Clinical Psychologist practicing in Midland, Ontario. She is the Owner and Clinical Director of Dr. Anita Federici & Associates, a private practice that provides comprehensive DBT treatment. Dr. Federici completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic at CAMH and went on to serve as the Director of the DBT program at the Cleveland Centre for Eating Disorders (now the Emily Program) in Ohio, USA. Between 2012 – 2015, she served as Director of DBT Training and Supervision at the WaterStone Clinic, a private eating disorder facility in Toronto. She has an established reputation for her work as a therapist, researcher, and clinical consultant and a recognized authority on dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Her work has been presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals and invited book chapters. She is known for her compassionate and engaging manner. 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.