Friends & Family DBT Skills Group
This group is designed for the friends, family members, partners, and caregivers of individuals who struggle with regulating intense emotions and may be diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and/or a mood disorder. While well suited to friends and family of individuals concurrently enrolled in our DBT program, this group is open to anybody whose loved ones are dealing with the difficulties associated with the aforementioned dysregulation or diagnoses.
What Does the Group Entail?
The Friends & Family Skills Group will help participants to better manage their own emotions, tolerate distressing situations, communicate effectively with others, and to approach life’s challenges with acceptance and compassion. The group is structured as a course and follows the same format as traditional DBT skills training groups, running for approximately 20 weeks and covering the five DBT Skills Training Modules: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Walking the Middle Path.
All groups begin with a brief mindfulness practice, followed by a homework review and discussion of the past weeks topic, and finally, a lecture on the new skills training material for that week. Homework is an essential part of DBT skills training and is designed to increase the likelihood that skills generalize to life outside of therapy.
How Do I Know if This Group is Right For Me?
This group is appropriate for individuals who want:
- to learn how their loved ones are applying DBT skills to their own struggles
- to improve their coping abilities
- to effectively manage crises as they arise
- to enhance their relationship with a loved one who is currently enrolled in DBT
Schedule and Registration
Beginning this March, sessions of the Friends & Family group will run weekly on Mondays from 6:00-7:30PM. A full cycle of DBT skills training runs for approximately 20 weeks.
We are now accepting intakes for our Spring Session of this group. Admission is rolling with new opportunities to join every 3-4 weeks. If you are interested, please complete this form or call us at (646) 681-5357.
About the Group Leader
Dr. Haley Rottenberg earned her M.A. and Psy.D. from LaSalle University, where she trained extensively in CBT strategies. She earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Rottenberg completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and her predoctoral internship at Ohio Guidestone in Cleveland, Ohio. Across these and other settings, Dr. Rottenberg has provided both CBT and DBT to children, teens, adults, and families across settings with a variety of presentations.
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly specialized form of CBT developed by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help address problems in regulating emotions, impulse control, assertiveness, and relationship conflicts. It balances the use of change techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy with acceptance strategies from Zen practice.
Our DBT program was designed by Dr. Napolitano specifically for high-functioning people who are maintaining full-time work or school schedules, or transitioning towards that structure. In our DBT program, clients learn cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness skills to better identify and manage their emotions, including anxiety and depression. They then practice applying those skills to better tolerate life events and improve their ability to interact effectively with others.
You can find more information about our Comprehensive DBT program here.
To register or to speak with our clinical intake coordinator, complete this form or call us at (646) 681-5357.