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Group Therapy

DBT Skills Training (Stress Management) groups:
Stress Management is a modified DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) program that includes four separate modules (outlined below).  You may attend one, or all of the modules, depending on your individual needs and/or therapist recommendations. Skills training groups meet on a weekly basis for 6 to 8 sessions. Each session is 90 minutes. New groups begin approximately every 8-10 weeks. A diagnostic assessment (60 minute session) is required prior to starting group. 

Fees:
Insurance:
Please contact your insurance company directly to confirm your coverage, co-pay and any additional out of pocket costs.

Out of pocket:
$75 per session.

Acuity mental health allows a limited number of clients to attend  skills groups at a discounted rate. 
Please contact Acuity via email ([email protected]) or text (503-875-5011) to inquire further.


Group days and times:
All groups meet weekly for 6-8 sessions on the following days:

Tuesdays: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
or
Saturdays: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Emotion Regulation
Meets weekly for 8 sessions

 
Under the guidance of a Licensed Therapist, you will learn the basic skills needed to:
  • Reduce the intensity of unwanted/uncomfortable emotions
  • Tolerate situational stressors
  • Reduce obsessive thinking and ruminations
  • Survive an emotional crisis
  • Identify how you REALLY feel
  • Use self-compassion and emotion validation
  • Reduce vulnerability to negative emotions
  • Gain insight into the purpose of emotions
  • Cope with emotionally intense situations ahead of time
  • Use problem solving and logic to reduce emotional suffering

Interpersonal Effectiveness (Assertive Communication)
Meets weekly for 8 sessions

Under the guidance of a Licensed Therapist, you will learn the basic skills needed to:     
  • Under the guidance of a Licensed Therapist, you will learn the basic skills needed to:
  • Reduce your anxiety symptoms when faced with an interpersonal conflict
  • Reduce intense emotional reactions in others when expressing opposition
  • Identify your communication style and how it impacts your relationships
  • Identify what you truly want and need from others
  • Stay mindful of your objectives during a conflict
  • Effectively express your true feelings and opinions to others
  • Ask for what you want/need in your relationships
  • Say, “no”, and set boundaries with others
Distress Tolerance
Meets weekly for 6 sessions

Under the guidance of a Licensed Therapist, you will learn the basic skills needed to:   
  • Survive an emotional crisis without making it worse
  • Understand the difference between an “emotion” and an “emotional crisis”
  • Use distraction without stuffing your feelings
  • Self-soothe with the five senses
  • Improve the moment by finding meaning
  • Use imagery, relaxation and self compassion to reduce the intensity of emotions
  • Replace suffering with acceptance
  • Get “unstuck” from overthinking and ruminations
  • Use willingness to do just what is needed (and not more)
  • Change your facial expression and body chemistry to change your experience

   
Mindfulness
Meets weekly for 6 sessions

Under the guidance of a Licensed Therapist, you will learn the basic skills needed to:   
  • Stay engaged in the present moment
  • Reduce the intensity of emotional suffering
  • Increase control of your mind
  • Expand your awareness of thoughts and feelings so that you are no longer running on auto-pilot
  • Replace “all or nothing thinking” with reality acceptance
  • Improve your ability to feel joy, decrease worry thoughts and ruminations about the past
  • Find a place of balance and peace of mind.