Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Skills Groups (DBT) in Westford, MA
Facilitated by Lisa Wessan, LICSW
DBT Therapist and Skills Trainer
For DBT Contact Form, please click HERE.
What does "dialectical" mean?
"The term "dialectical" means a synthesis or integration of opposites. The primary dialectic within DBT is between the seemingly opposite strategies of acceptance and change. For example, DBT therapists accept clients as they are while also acknowledging that they need to change in order to reach their goals. In addition, all of the skills and strategies taught in DBT are balanced in terms of acceptance and change. For example, the four skills modules include two sets of acceptance-oriented skills (mindfulness and distress tolerance) and two sets of change-oriented skills (emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness)."
~ Dr. Marsha Linehan, Founder
For example, in this moment you are good enough and perfect as is, AND you could improve...both beliefs are equally true.
You could love someone and also hate someone. Being able to hold BOTH conflicting emotions and not have a meltdown is key to DBT Skills practice.
Embracing the paradox, or dialectical thought, is healthier than fighting with the reality of it. We hold many dialectical beliefs in our minds which can be very stressful if not understood on this level.
~ Lisa Wessan, LICSW
How will DBT help you improve?
better manage your
Who attends these groups?
We welcome anyone who wants to get better (mature teens and up). You do not need a formal diagnosis to be here....I am confident that someday these four modules will be taught in all elementary schools!
Plus, our groups reflect the interests of a non-binary community, with trans, LGBTQ and all unassigned labels included. We love diversity, and welcome the full rainbow of human experience.
Classes fill up quickly in advance. Please contact me prior to the next open enrollment period.
I have been honored to witness many DBT graduates practice better emotional regulation, gain mindful insights, take more positive actions and transform their lives with the power of DBT Skills.
It is exciting to witness these solution-focused sessions turn into amazing results for our group members. That's why I love teaching DBT Skills!
With Hope and Courage,
We use Dr. Marsha Linehan's DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets (2nd edition, spiral bound). Please use this ISBN number to avoid ordering the wrong edition:
ISBN # 978-1-57230-781-0
NOTE: This textbook was written with the intention of a trained facilitator explaining the material and working through the exercises within a group setting. It is not intended to read on your own, as there are gaps in understanding and sections that need to be explained and demonstrated.
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