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DBT-Specific Therapeutic Group Support


The Southlake Counseling offers several content-rich RO-DBT and DBT-based therapeutic support groups. Whether you are a participant in our Standard DBT program or one of our DBT-based eating disorders programs, you are warmly invited to enroll in the eight-week DBT group of your choice.

Adolescent and Parent/Adolescent DBT Group

Adolescence is a time of intense change and inner upheaval – and not just for parents! If your adolescent is struggling to navigate the often-tempestuous years between childhood and adulthood, this group may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Southlake offers an Adolescent group and a separate group for the adolescents’ parent(s). The Parent Group will offer you the opportunity to learn the skills presented to your adolescent so that you and your adolescent can foster the ability to better understand one another and more effectively and harmoniously communicate. This group is offered Monday evenings in Charlotte from 5:15-6:45 p.m. to accommodate your adolescent’s school schedule. This group is also offered on Thursday evenings in Davidson from 5:15-6:45p.m

Adult Co-Ed RO-DBT Group

Do you believe it is important to “do things properly” or “right?” Are you a perfectionist? Are you cautious and careful about how you do things? Do you prefer to order a structure? Are you organized? Do you like to plan ahead? Do you think before acting? Are you able to delay gratification? Are you able to easily inhibit an impulse? Do you consider yourself conscientious? Are you dutiful? Is it hard to impress you? Does it take time to get to know you? Are you likely to withhold your opinion until you get to know someone better?

Clients with a combination of the above, in extremes, report the following unintended and often undesired consequences or behaviors: social isolation, aloof and distant relationships, cognitive rigidity, high detailed focused processing, risk aversion, strong needs for structure, inhibited emotional expression, and hyper-perfectionism. Our RO-DBT group utilizes the RO-DBT concepts of skills training, self-enquiry, flexible mindfulness and education. RO-DBT provides a trauma-informed environment for our clients to learn about their mental health, to fulfill needs for skills’ acquisition, and to take responsibility for their treatment. This group meets on Thursday Mornings in Davidson from 10:30 am-12 pm.

Adult Co-Ed DBT Group (Fully Adherent)

Just because you look like an adult on the outside doesn’t mean you always feel like one on the inside. Everyone has moments of stress and strain when it becomes difficult to reach out for connection, sustain intimacy, correctly identify thoughts and feelings, manage worry and anxiety, and refrain from self-destructive habits and behaviors. You are not alone – and this therapeutic group is designed to provide you with a comprehensive set of skills that will equip you with the confidence and ability to match your inside state with your outer expression. This group is offered Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Davidson and Thursday evenings in from 5:15-6:45 pm in Charlotte.

Adult Co-Ed Collaborate Care/Skills Group

Interested in our DBT Programs but already have a therapist you would like to continue seeing? This group is designed to teach skills that are necessary for DBT without having to commit to seeing another counselor and starting over. This program meets on Monday Mornings in Charlotte from 10:30 am-12 pm, and Friday Mornings in Charlotte from 9:30 am-11 am. This group does require an outside therapist to agree to any other DBT protocols including diary cards and individual sessions.

Middle School Parent/Adolescent DBT Group

Social connection is imperative to the healthy development of middle-schoolers! The online DBT Skills Group format allows participants an opportunity to connect and relate with peers, feel the comfort of seeing familiar faces, and learn DBT Skills.

This group is for middle-school students (6th-8th grade) with emotion regulation issues, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Harm Behaviors, Eating Disorders, school pressure, and family or peer relationship concerns. Participants learn concrete strategies to identify, understand and manage their emotions, identify family dynamics that are causing stress or negative outcomes, plus learn skills to use effective communication and form and maintain healthy relationships, practiced in the group environment.

Mindfulness exercises, games, art therapy, and other age-appropriate activities to make the group a FUN learning experience! This group meets virtually on Wednesday from 5:15-6:45 pm!

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