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DBT Skills Group Therapy

DBT Skills Groups for Multi-family, Adult, Teen

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) includes skills-based training in a group setting. In a DBT skills group, clients will learn and practice DBT tools to improve their ability to solve problems, cope with crises, manage interpersonal conflicts, and set and achieve goals in various areas of their lives

Where to Begin with DBT Skills Groups

DBT skills are helpful for everyone. Once you learn the skills you have them for your whole life.

Although it was originally developed to help people who are struggling with suicide, DBT  has been shown to be an effective treatment for a number of issues including: anxiety, depression, addiction, anger,  impulsivity, and relationship problems, interpersonal isolation, and ineffectiveness at work.

DBT skills groups
consist of four modules:

Advanced DBT Skills Groups

For individuals that have already completed a DBT Skills Group and want to take their skills to the next level, our Advanced DBT Skills Group enables individuals to continue reinforcing these previously learned skills. Clients will also learn a variety of new DBT skills to further their knowledge.

The Advanced DBT Skills Groups also differs from traditional skills groups in that they function as a hybrid skills group and process group. Some time will be spent drawing on skills from DBT, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), mindfulness, the works of Tara Brach, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Marsha Linehan, Jack Kornfield,Thich Nhat Hanh, Adyashanti, Donald Altman, Michael Singer, and Brene Brown, among others. Additionally, time will be spent on traditional (Yalom) process group techniques to allow clients to experience support and interactions in a safe, supportive environment.

DBT Skills Group FAQs

Joining a DBT Skills Group offers numerous benefits for individuals seeking to improve their emotional and psychological well-being. These groups provide a structured environment to learn and practice Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills designed to help manage intense emotions, reduce conflict in relationships, and increase mindfulness. Here are some key benefits:

  • Comprehensive Skill Acquisition: Learn a wide range of practical skills for managing emotions, relationships, and stress.
  • Supportive Community: Gain support and understanding from others facing similar challenges.
  • Enhanced Real-Life Application: Practice and refine DBT skills in real-world scenarios.
  • Constructive Feedback: Receive valuable feedback and encouragement from group leaders and peers.
  • Greater Emotional Resilience: Develop stronger coping mechanisms for dealing with emotional distress.
  • Improved Interpersonal Relationships: Learn effective communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Increased Mindfulness: Cultivate present-moment awareness and acceptance.
  • Symptom Reduction: Experience a decrease in symptoms of various mental health disorders.

Joining a DBT Skills Group can be a transformative experience that provides individuals with tools to navigate life's challenges and foster personal growth and healing.


Within a DBT Skills Group, participants are introduced to four main modules, each designed to address specific aspects of emotional and interpersonal challenges. These modules form the foundation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), providing individuals with an all-inclusive toolkit for managing intense emotions, navigating social interactions, and encouraging mindfulness.

  1. Mindfulness: The foundation of all DBT skills, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual's ability to accept and be present in the current moment. ​
  2. Distress Tolerance: Aimed at enhancing one's ability to tolerate pain in difficult situations without resorting to avoidance or destructive behaviors.
  3. Emotion Regulation: This module addresses how to identify, understand, and manage emotional responses effectively.
  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Focuses on improving relationships and social interactions.

DBT Skills Group provides a structured environment for learning and practicing these modules while offering participants the support and guidance needed to apply these skills in their daily lives.

Through group interaction and practical exercises, individuals learn to integrate the skills learned, leading to improvements in managing emotional distress, enhancing relationships, and promoting overall mental well-being.

A DBT Skills Group is a vital component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), designed to teach individuals a set of behavioral skills for managing emotional distress, improving interpersonal relationships, and creating mindfulness and acceptance.

Structured more like a class than a traditional therapy session, a DBT Skills Group will typically meet once a week for several hours for at least six months. Participants learn and practice four core modules: 

  • Mindfulness
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

The confidential and welcoming group setting at the Counseling Center Group provides a supportive environment where participants can learn from each other’s experiences and receive feedback on their use of the skills. Engaging in a DBT Skills Group Group offers a structured approach to learning and applying critical life skills that can lead to significant improvements in managing challenging emotional states and behaviors associated with various mental health conditions.


The online DBT skills group works by bringing together individuals in a virtual setting to learn and practice DBT skills, facilitated by our trained DBT therapists. This format allows participants to join sessions from the comfort of their own homes, by using video conferencing tools such as Zoom, to interact in real-time.

The group will continue to run as an in-person group would, and will still cover the four core modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Each session is structured to include both teaching and discussion, allowing participants to learn new coping strategies and apply them to their daily lives.

Participating in an online DBT skills group offers several benefits for individuals seeking to improve their emotional and psychological health. Here are some key advantages:

  • Accessibility: Access therapy from anywhere with internet.
  • Flexibility: Fits therapy into your busy schedule.
  • Skill Acquisition: Learn valuable emotional coping strategies.
  • Peer Support: Gain support from understanding peers.
  • Confidentiality and Comfort: Engage in therapy privately at home.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: This can be more affordable than individual sessions.
  • Consistency: Regular sessions for steady progress.

The online DBT skills group is suited for individuals who are looking to:

  • Manage and regulate intense emotions effectively.
  • Improve their ability to handle stress and distressing situations.
  • Enhance interpersonal relationships through better communication skills.
  • Develop mindfulness and live more in the present moment.
  • Seek flexible and accessible mental health support.
  • Find a supportive community that understands their struggles.
  • Learn practical skills for coping with challenges such as anxiety, depression, and emotional dysregulation.

It's particularly beneficial for those who prefer or require the convenience of accessing therapy from home due to geographical, scheduling, or personal comfort reasons.

The enrollment process for an online DBT skills group is very similar to the process of signing up for an in-person DBT skills group. If you’re interested in participating in an online DBT skills group or want to learn more about the online DBT skills groups available in your state, contact us today to speak to our Intake Coordinator. 

Our Additional Counseling & Therapy Groups

Advanced DBT
Group Therapy

In a Advanced DBT skills group, clients will learn and practice DBT tools to improve their ability to solve problems, cope with crises, manage interpersonal conflicts, and set and achieve goals in various areas of their lives. Together, clients will learn the theory and skills of DBT in an experiential way that helps to integrate these principles into their everyday.

Group Therapy

Process groups are an effective form of therapy that can help individuals make positive changes in their lives. They provide a safe and supportive space for members to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. During a process group, members explore their relationships to themselves, others, and the world around them.

Group Therapy

Mindfulness groups are groups that focus on teaching mindfulness techniques and practices to individuals. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one’s attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. Through the use of mindful breathing, visualization, and body scan exercises, participants can learn to be present in the moment.

Addiction Recovery
Group Therapy

Our DBT-Informed Recovery Group is an Evidence-Based treatment that effectively treats Substance Abuse/other Process Addictions while simultaneously addressing other complex problems related to emotion dysregulation.

Eating Disorder Recovery
Group Therapy

Eating disorder recovery groups are groups that provide support and guidance to individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder or who are in recovery from an eating disorder.

Emotion Fitness Program
Group Therapy

Emotion fitness program groups are groups that focus on teaching individuals techniques and strategies for managing and regulating their emotions. These groups are led by trained counselors.

Group Therapy

Peer groups are groups of people who come together to support each other and share experiences and challenges. They can be helpful in providing a sense of belonging and connection, as well as a source of advice and guidance. Peer groups can provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment where people can openly express their feelings and thoughts. 

The Professional Series
Group Therapy

Professional Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups are a type of therapy group that is led by a trained and experienced DBT therapist. They are designed to help individuals learn and practice the skills taught in DBT. In a professional DBT group, members are expected to share their experiences and provide support for each other.

Parent-Child Interaction
Group Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Group Therapy (PCIT) is a type of therapy that focuses on improving the relationship between parents and their children. PCIT focuses on teaching parents positive discipline strategies, improving communication between parent and child, and helping each parent understand the child’s behavior.

New groups are forming, so please reach out to us if you’re
interested in joining a group with a specific focus not listed above.


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If you or a loved one can benefit from DBT Skills Group Therapy, we are here to help.