DBT coping skills class

I recently undertook a 14 week DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy ) group put on by my local mental health organisation. I waited a good 7 months to get in, the demand is so great. DBT is especially effective for people with borderline personality disorder, like  me, but there are other types of people in my group too. The brochure states it’s for those who

have a personality disorder, have chronic adjustment difficulties, have a mood and/or anxiety disorder along with emotion regulation difficulties

It’s  was a nice small group of around 10 people with three excellent instructors. There is a psychologist, a clinical social worker and a mental health clinician.

We met once a week. Every week we start with a guided meditation. Then we shared our “homework “, then moved on to the day’s lesson. The first weeks lesson  was all about mindfulness and how to use it in our daily lives to help centre ourselves. I’ll post next about the second week.

DESCRIPTION: This is a 14 Week Coping Skills Group that uses a DBT skills training protocol with demonstrated effectiveness in increasing use of emotion regulaion skills and decreasing anxiety and depression symptoms in adults.  Using a classroom model, the goal of the group is to teach and increase practice  of skills in four domains:  1) core mindfulness, 2) distress tolerance, 3) emotion regulation, and 4) interpersonal effectiveness.

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