Beginning with the Distress Tolerance module, my co-facilitator and I will be running a series of 8-9 week groups to teach the core skills of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Please keep in mind; this will be a skills class and not a more traditional therapy group. There will be limited sharing in group, and every participant will be expected to complete a diary card and other worksheets between sessions in order to best ensure their practice and comprehension of the skills.
About the Modules:
Distress Tolerance in DBT focuses on skills to handle those situations in life that are outside of the client’s control, from traffic jams to the death of a loved one. Every client’s life is going to, from time to time, involve distressing situations which cannot be altered, and so the client will need to learn how to tolerate and regulate their responses to these situations. That is the core purpose of this module.
Emotion Regulation in DBT teaches clients how to manage negative and overwhelming emotions while increasing their positive experiences. This module is of especial use to those clients struggling with self-harm or other toxic or harmful coping patterns. Teaching them skills with which to replace their negative patterns of behavior as well as increasing their enjoyment of life are the primary goals of this module.
Interpersonal Effectiveness in DBT teaches clients skills to allow them to be assertive without pushing people away, teaches them how to build a stronger rapport with those around them, and teaches them how to hold on to their values and act in line with their long term goals, rather than just being reactive in the moment. This module is good for anyone who struggles to maintain stable relationships, hold healthy boundaries, or communicate with those around them.
The final DBT module is Mindfulness. As mindfulness is a core element underlying all of the other skills, My co-facilitator and I weave the tenants of Mindfulness into each and every module of DBT. This allows repeat clients multiple exposures to the concepts and skills of mindfulness, and ensures that someone only attending one module does not miss out on this vital underlying principle of DBT.
Classes will be held in Georgetown at:
650, S Orcas St Suite 218, Seattle WA 98106
For further questions, concerns, to ask if DBT would be a good fit for your client, or to refer a client to the group, please contact Kate Sherman by email at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 978-226-3437
Please be aware, we are currently capping this group at 10 participants.
Scheduling and Pricing:
Distress Tolerance: Friday evenings from 7-9pm, October 13th to December 15th. Pricing: $405 for the module, half due at time of registration, half at the first class.
Emotion Regulation: Friday evenings from 7-9pm, January 12th though March 2nd. Pricing: $360 for the module, half due at time of registration, half at the first class.
Interpersonal Effectiveness: Friday evenings 7-9pm, March 23rd through May 11th. Pricing: $360 for the module, half due at time of registration, half at the first class.
If clients want to pre-register for all 3 modules, they may do so for the discounted price of $1,000, which would also guarantee their spot is held.
About the facilitators:
Kate Sherman, MA, LMHC
Kate has experience leading DBT in a community mental health setting, and is certified through the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association. Kate is known by those in the groups she leads for her humor, her warmth, and her ability to communicate the material in a way that is accessible and easily put into practice. Kate is passionate about sharing skills with clients that can change their lives forever, and making sure that they acquire those skills in a safe, supportive, and understanding environment.
Michelle Terry, MA, LMHC, NCC
Michelle is a licensed mental health counselor who is certified through the Dialectical Behavior Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association. She previously worked at a group home for teenage girls, helping them learn and practice DBT skills. She currently works at Compass Health in Lynnwood, working with adult clients individually and leading DBT groups