DBT-Specific Therapeutic Group Support

The Southlake Couseling offers several content-rich RO-DBT and DBT-based therapeutic support groups. Whether you are a participant in our Standard DBT program or one of our DBT-based eating disorders programs, you are warmly invited to enroll in the eight-week DBT group of your choice.

Adolescent and Parent RO-DBT Skills Groups

Adolescence is a time of intense change and inner upheaval – and not just for parents! If your adolescent is struggling to navigate the often-tempestuous years between childhood and adulthood, this group may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Southlake offers an Adolescent group and a separate group for the adolescents’ parent(s). RO-DBT will help your adolescent learn how to safely and confidently express thoughts, feelings, needs, and wants, manage emotions, build social skills and confidence, and cultivate healthy connections. The Parent Group will offer you the opportunity to learn the skills presented to your adolescent so that you and your adolescent can foster the ability to better understand one another and more effectively and harmoniously communicate. This group is offered Monday evenings from 5:30-7:00 p.m. to accommodate your adolescent’s school schedule.

RO-DBT Skills Group

Do you believe it is important to “do things properly” or “right?”

Are you a perfectionist? Are you cautious and careful about how you do things?

Do you prefer order an structure?  Are you organized?  Do you like to plan ahead? Do you think before acting?

Are you able to delay gratification? Are you able to easily inhibit an impulse?

Do you consider yourself conscientious? Are you dutiful?

Is it hard to impress you?  Does it take time to get to know you?  Are you likely to withhold your opinion until you get to know someone better?

Clients with a combination of the above, in extremes, report the following unintended and often undesired consequences or behaviors: social isolation, aloof and distant relationships, cognitive rigidity, high detailed focused processing, risk aversion, strong needs for structure, inhibited emotional expression, and hyper-perfectionism.  Our RO-DBT group utilizes the RO-DBT concepts of skills training, self-enquiry, flexible mindfulness and education.  RO-DBT provides a trauma-informed environment for our clients to learn about their mental health, to fulfill needs for skills’ acquisition, and to take responsibility for their treatment.  This group meets on Wednesdays 6:15-7:45 and Thursdays 9:30-11:00 am.

Adult Co-Ed DBT Group

Just because you look like an adult on the outside doesn’t mean you always feel like one on the inside. Everyone has moments of stress and strain when it becomes difficult to reach out for connection, sustain intimacy, correctly identify thoughts and feelings, manage worry and anxiety, and refrain from self-destructive habits and behaviors. You are not alone – and this therapeutic group is designed to provide you with a comprehensive set of skills that will equip you with the confidence and ability to match your inside state with your outer expression. This group is offered Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Men’s DBT Group

As a male in this society, you may find yourself pigeonholed into a “strong, silent type” role that is at odds with your very human needs and wants. Learning how to ask for what you want and need, reaching out for support and understanding, managing conflict with loved ones and peers, and successfully grappling with feelings of loneliness and misunderstanding are vital skills that will greatly enhance your quality of life. In this group, we give you an opportunity to practice these skills in a safe, confidential, affirming setting while in the company of your peers. This group is not scheduled at this time.

Women’s DBT Group

As a woman today, you may find yourself struggling against societal expectations to continually fulfill an other-centered, caretaking role in the lives of your family, friends, supervisors, and peers. But what about what you want? What about what you need? And what happens when what others want and need from you conflicts with what you know you need to be healthy, happy, and whole? In this therapeutic group, you will have the chance to build skills to ask for what you want and need, cope with unavoidable change or resistance, go within to strengthen your core sense of self, and allow yourself to express the full range of your emotions in healthy, productive ways. This group is not scheduled at this time.

Young Adults DBT Skills Group

It can be difficult at times when you’re attempting to successfully cross that societal line from adolescence into adulthood. DBT will offer you the ability to build confidence and mastery in yourself and learn how to successfully navigate life’s challenges as you begin to establish yourself as an adult. The Young Adults DBT Skills Group is available to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 and offers a comfortable and accepting setting in which clients can express their unique but often similar struggles as they begin their journey into adulthood.  This group is not scheduled at this time.