Deeply Rooted in DBT

By: Shannon Nielson, LCSW

DBT Group Manager

In a series of blog posts, I will be giving information about DBT and some of the interesting things you can learn when you attend our groups. Below you will find a schedule of our groups and age ranges we currently offer.

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In DBT group we provide skills training to teens, young adults, and adults. We teach people mindfulness skills, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Within each of these topics we teach several skills to help group members to master each of these areas.

Now let me give you a taste of what each curriculum can offer. I will first start with Mindfulness. Mindfulness is about helping people to be present in each moment. We help them learn through these skills how to be aware of their mind and their emotions and how they can be in more control of what they decide to do with their thoughts and feelings.

The best way to describe Emotion Regulation would be with an example. I want you to imagine when a breaking news story takes place in our society. We get inundated with around the clock news on how the situation unfolds. But let me ask you something. Do you really learn much with the amount of news we get? No. Now let me tie this in with Emotion Regulation. When something emotional happens, we get around the clock thoughts and feelings about the situation. There comes a point where we need to use emotion regulation to help us shift our emotional state so we are not stuck in an endless loop of suffering that we aren’t learning much from.

Distress Tolerance is best described as how to get through painful situations without making it worse. Several different types of skills are given in this area so that each person has something they can use that will work best for them.

Last, but certainly not least, in Interpersonal Effectiveness we teach individuals several strategies to help navigate the complications that come from relationships. No matter how skilled a person may be, there are moments in relationships that can get the best of any us. In Interpersonal Effectiveness, you not only learn practical skills that you can use, you also learn how to consider which skills may be best in the moment you are in.

Well there you have it. DBT in a nutshell. I will be back to share more information about DBT. But there is no way to replace the interactive group experience. Please call our office and get signed up for one of our DBT Groups where you too can learn how to take back your life.

Pleasant Grove

Teens: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm.

Young Adults: Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Adults: Wednesdays 6:30 -7:30.


South Jordan

Teens: Mondays 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Young Adult: Coming Soon!

Adult: Coming Soon!



Teens: Coming Soon!

Young Adult: Coming Soon!

Adult: Coming Soon!