Group Therapy

The Wisemind Centre offers a 15-week Regulating Emotions Skills group and a standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills group for adults ages 18 and up. These groups require participants to attend a weekly 2-hour group session. The sessions are delivered in a psycho-educational format, which means it is more like a class than a therapy group where people come to vent or process their feelings and thoughts about other group members.

Regulating Emotions Skills Training

This skills group is a shortened version of Dr. Marsha Linehan’s 26-week standard DBT skills training (see below for more information). The goals of the ER skills group are to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, replace avoidance-based coping strategies (e.g., substance use, binge eating, over sleeping, canceling social plans, not applying for work) with adaptive coping skills, promote skills practice in between sessions, and increase sense of mastery. It covers the following skills modules:

  • Mindfulness (3 weeks)
  • Emotion Regulation (6 weeks)
  • Distress Tolerance (4 weeks)
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness (2 weeks)

Who may benefit from the 15-week Regulating Emotion Skills training?

  • Individuals with mild to moderate levels of emotion dysregulation difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, and eating problems, and impairments
  • Individuals not at high risk of suicide
  • Individuals who do not endorse significant features characteristic of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Individuals who do not suffer from chronic psychosis

Standard DBT Skills Training

The Wisemind Centre is accepting referrals for our waitlist for a 26-week standard DBT skills group. DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan for the treatment of chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Over the years, DBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of other disorders, such as substance dependence, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and eating disorders. A standard DBT skills group covers the following skills modules in 26 weeks:

  • Mindfulness (6 weeks)
  • Emotion Regulation (8 weeks)
  • Distress Tolerance (6 weeks)
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness (6 weeks)

Who may benefit from the 26-week standard DBT Skills training?

  • Individuals struggling with borderline personality disorder
  • Individuals suffering from high suicide risk
  • Individuals struggling with substance use problems
  • Individuals struggling with treatment-resistant depression
  • Individuals with PTSD
  • Individuals struggling with eating problems
  • Individuals who do not suffer from chronic psychosis

Our 26-week DBT skills group is meant to be offered as part of the comprehensive DBT program that includes the following:

  • DBT individual therapy sessions (one hour weekly)
  • DBT skills training class (two hours weekly)
  • Phone consultation (provided by the individual therapist)
  • DBT Consultation team (weekly for clinicians)

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