In-Person & Virtual DBT Groups

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group Skills Training

Southlake Counseling is the only Linehan Board-Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Led center in the Charlotte-Metro area.

Program Overview

DBT is widely considered the gold standard for treating many mental health issues, and a key component of our counseling programs. Being certified means that we offer all of the necessary components to deliver DBT most effectively for our clients. Adherence to the Linehan model is proven to improve patient outcomes.

Virtual DBT Group(s)

Adolescent & Parent DBT Skills Training

For adolescents in 6th-8th grade (middle school) and their parents

8-Week Modules held weekly on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:45 pm

Emily Rollins (MSW, LCSW-A, LMSW)
Ashley Turbeville (MA, LCMHC-A)
Jenny Shucker (Intern)

Child & Parent DBT Skills Training – OPEN ENROLLMENT!

For children and their parents

Monday’s from 12:00-1:30 pm

Emily Rollins (MSW, LCSW-A, LMSW)
Serenity Reininger (Intern)

Monday Adult DBT Skills Training

8-Week Modules held weekly on Mondays from 10:30am-12pm

Apiffany Gaither (MS, LCMHC)

Tuesday Adult DBT Skills Training

8-Week Modules held weekly on Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm AND another at 10:30-12:00pm

Lalanea Chastain (MPA, MSW, LCSW)
Andrea Beach (LCMHC-A, NCC)

Thursday Adult DBT Skills Training

8-Week Modules held weekly on Thursdays from 6-7:30pm

Lalanea Chastain
Naila McConnell (MaEd in CMHC, LCMHC-A)

DBT Living is a advnaced online skills training graduate group for those who have completed one year of comprehensive DBT.

Adults who’ve completed one year of DBT

8-Week Modules on Wednesdays from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, each 90 minutes long

Laleanea Chastain (MPA, LMSW, LCSW)

$400 for 8-weekly sessions

In-Person DBT Group

Adolescent & Parent DBT Skills Training

For adolescents in 9th-12th grade (high school) and their parents

8-Week Modules held weekly on Mondays or Thursdays from 5:15-6:45 pm

Southlake Counseling Center Charlotte: 4724 Park Rd Unit D, Charlotte, NC 28209

Sheena Beach (MSW, LCSW-A, LISW-CP)
Nailia McConnel (MaEd in CMHC, LCMHC-A)
Amber Jarvis (LCMHC-A)

Emily Rollins (MSW, LCSW-A, LMSW)
Jonathan Atkinson (LMFT-A)

Adolescent & Parent DBT Skills Training

For adolescents and their parents

Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45 pm

Southlake Counseling Center Charlotte: 4724 Park Rd Unit D, Charlotte, NC 28209

JoJo Skinner-Hoffman (MA, LCAS-A, LMFT-A)
Cahner Manns (MSW, LCSW-A)
Jonathan Atkinson (LMFT-A)

Wednesday Adult DBT Skills Training

8-Week Modules held weekly Wednesdays from 6-7:30 pm

Southlake Counseling- Concord 
7752 Gateway Ln NW # 200,
Concord, NC 28027

Jojo Hoffman Skinner (MA, LMFTA, LCASA)
Amber Jarvis (LCMHC-A)

Thursday Adult DBT Skills Training

8-Week Modules held weekly on Thursdays from 5:15-6:45 pm

Southlake Counseling- Charlotte 
4724 Park Rd Suite D,
Charlotte, NC 28209

Sheena Beach (MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP)
Hannah Pegram (MSW, LCSW-A)

Adolescent & Parent/Adult RO-DBT Skills Class

The adolescent class is intended for adolescents ages 14-18. The parent/adult class is intended for caregivers of adolescents in the adolescent class as well as adults 18+ who identify as overcontrol.

10-week-long modules for a total of 30 weeks.
Class is held weekly on Thursdays from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm

Southlake Counseling- Huntersville
16405 Northcross Dr.,
Huntersville, NC 28078

Apiffany Gaither (MS, LCMHC)
Ashley Turbeville (LCMHC-A)
Nimisha Merchant (LCMHC-A)

RO-DBT is tailored for clients who need an irrational or excessive amount of control. RO-DBT focuses on receptivity and openness, flexible control to adapt to changing environmental conditions, and intimacy and social connectedness to form close, lasting bonds.
This therapy is most beneficial for clients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Paranoia, Chronic Depression and Anxiety, and other areas where they need to learn to let go and be open to change.
If the client is experiencing difficulty expressing emotions, hyper-detailed or rule-governed behavior, distant style of relating, and high social comparison, they may benefit from an RO-DBT skills training course. At least one caregiver is required to participate weekly with adolescents in a skills training class.

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How Does Group DBT Skills Training Work?

Interested participants are required to attend weekly individual counseling sessions while enrolled in skills training, either at Southlake or through an outside provider. An initial intake and a minimum of two pretreatment sessions are required to participate in any DBT skills training group.

Once in a DBT Skills Training group, participants will begin to discuss and practice the following topics:

  • Distress Tolerance
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Middle Path Module

Groups will meet weekly for discussion and will be assigned homework after each session to practice newly-learned skills.

DBT Overview

DBT is a behavioral intervention program designed to treat a wide range of disorders, most of which are associated with difficulties regulating emotions and associated cognitive and behavioral problems. Therapists work to enhance the capability (skills) of their clients as well as to develop the motivation to change.

What To Expect From DBT:

Individual Therapy

Work one-on-one with your DBT therapist to identify and work on your goals and targets and how to apply new skills and strategies.

Skills Training

Group therapy focuses on Core Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance.

Group skills training is an essential part of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) curriculum.

Phone Coaching

You will have access to your DBT therapist for assistance in your day-to-day life when you need help applying the skills you’ve learned.

Therapist Consultations

Your DBT therapist attends weekly DBT team meetings to ensure they are providing the most effective treatment.


DBT is evidence-based, meaning research shows that when it is done right, it works. Being Linehan Board-Certified Led means that our founder, Kimberly Krueger, ensures that all DBT therapists and programs at Southlake adhere to the model developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan.

You can be confident that Southlake’s DBT programs contain the necessary components and organization to deliver DBT as it was intended and with the most effectiveness.

Note: Southlake Counseling offers several DBT groups for both children (ages 11-18) and their parents and young adults (18+) to teach techniques on how to better regulate emotions and improve relationships with others.

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Southlake Counseling is DBT- Linehan Board Certified. By adhering to their evidence-based curriculum, we’re able to ensure clients and families that we’re following a model that has been proven to decrease self-harm rates and lower treatment dropout.

Our Program Adheres to the 4 pillars of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): 

Individual Therapy

Our personalized one-on-one sessions are designed to address your unique needs, helping you build coping skills and strategies for a healthier, more balanced life.

Group Therapy

Engage in supportive group settings where you can share experiences, gain insights from others, and practice new skills in a collaborative environment.

Phone Coaching

Access real-time support through phone coaching to help you apply DBT skills in everyday situations, ensuring you have the guidance you need, when you need it.


Consult Team

Our dedicated team of professionals collaborates regularly to review cases and provide comprehensive support, ensuring the highest quality of care for every client.

Continued DBT Support and Skills Training

“I graduated my DBT program, what’s next for me?”

We’re glad you asked! We offer DBT Living, an online skills training graduate group designed for individuals who have successfully completed one year of comprehensive DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Led by experienced therapist Lalanea Chastain, MPA, LMSW, LCSW, this group will offer a supportive, non-judgmental, and skillful environment to continue your DBT practice.

Reserve Your Spot Today!

DBT is a structured, evidence-backed form of therapy that teaches and encourages the practice of coping mechanisms to help clients whose emotions make it difficult to cope with daily situations.







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