Groups

Although group therapy is a less frequently considered approach to treatment, it is highly effective and often results in more rapid changes than individual work. I offer a few different groups in my practice including interpersonal process, DBT skills, and grief-focused groups. Please see below for more details.

Interpersonal Process Group

The primary focus of this group is to engage in the “process,” or here-and-now experience of relationships in the moment as a means of creating change. Group members will become more familiar with their patterns of relating to others and develop skills to improve the quality of their relationships. Currently this group is open to both men and women interested in improving their interpersonal skills, as well as intimacy and connection with others. A pre-group intake meeting is required. The group meets from 6:00pm-7:20pm on Tuesdays on an ongoing basis. Please contact me for more information and to discuss whether or not group is a good fit for you.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Group (DBT)

I currently have one ongoing DBT group which is open to new members on the first Tuesday of every month. The group is held weekly from 4:15pm-5:45pm at my Atwater Village office.

Group members are required to be in individual therapy during their participation in skills group. Individual therapists DO NOT need to be DBT oriented, as long as they are willing to support the use of DBT skills. Clients will also need to sign a release allowing communication between their current therapist and DBT Skills group leader.

The first step in joining the group is to meet with me for an initial intake/group orientation session. I ask clients to commit to a month at a time and strongly encourage participation in all four modules, which are:

  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance

Many clients choose to continue through more than one cycle of the four module training in order to strengthen their skills and build a personalized plan for implementation into their lives.

Please contact me directly for further details on either of my groups and also if you’re interested in individual DBT treatment. To read more about DBT skills group please check out the following resource:

The Linehan Institute: What is DBT?