What is DBT?

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. It is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that was developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD originally to treat what is called Borderline Personality Disorder.

Do I have to have Borderline Personality Disorder to do DBT?

Not at all. Research has shown us that DBT can be very helpful for a variety of symptoms that span across many diagnoses such as addiction, anxiety, trauma, depression, eating disorders, and others. 

What is the goal of a DBT Skills Group?

My goal for you in DBT group is to gain knowledge of coping skills in order to manage emotions, tolerate distress, communicate more effectively with others and become more present in your own life.

What skills are in DBT Skills Group?

DBT skills are categorized into four main groups: emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. Each skill I will teach you will be from one of these groups.

What will a typical module set-up look like?

Each group module that you sign up for will last for 6 weeks. Each module will focus on a group of skills from one of the four groups of skills, with the exception of mindfulness. Mindfulness will be integrated into each module in some way. 

What will a typical group session look like?

Group sessions will last for 90 minutes and will be structured as follows:
-Short mindfulness activity
-Review homework
-Teach new skill
-Work through examples of skill
-Assign homework
-Short mindfulness activity

What do you mean “homework?”

Don’t let the term homework scare you away! I promise it is not intensive. Some examples of homework might be a one page worksheet or reading a print out of a blog on the skills we covered. DBT (and I) truly believe that everyone is doing the best that they can at any given moment. Meaning that, if you are unable to do the homework then that is okay. You will get out of this group what you put into it so I encourage you to do it to help solidify learning, but sometimes life just happens and I can accept that.

Who is teaching the DBT Skills Group?

My name is Jessica Endres, LPC. I attended a 16 hour training on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in December 2017 and I have been teaching DBT skills groups ever since. DBT can be helpful all on its own or as an adjunct to individual counseling. I have seen clients who had plateaued make significant progress by attending DBT group in addition to individual therapy. Simply put, we just don’t know what we don’t know. DBT teaches you skills that you were never taught so that you can manage your own life day to day. This can allow for the deeper insightful breakthroughs in individual processing that typically would be inaccessible due to the day to day stressors. I personally believe that DBT skills are helpful for just about anybody and I think these skills allow us to manage our own internal responses so that we can better connect to ourselves and to others. Please see my bio page for more information on me or fill out our interest form below to sign up!

What is the cost?

$150/6-week module, paid ahead of time (equivalent to $25/group session)

What is the process to sign up for a DBT Skills Group?

Step 1: Email Jessica at jessica@oakwoodcounseling.com to let her know that you are interested in the adult DBT skills group.
Step 2: Jessica will email you with the dates of the next module, availability of spots in the module, how to reserve your spot with payment, and answer any of your questions about group.
Step 3: Pay your $150 to reserve your spot.
Step 4: Start DBT Skills Group!