DBT Group Boulder, Colorado

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group:

Managing the Stressors of Life

Do you experience:

  • Overwhelming anger, anxiety, fear or sadness that interferes with life at home or at work?
  • Difficulty building and maintaining stable relationships?
  • Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, loneliness or fear of being alone?
  • Ruminating thoughts about the past and what you should have done?
  • Difficulty seeing the positive aspects of life?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills help you to overcome these challenges. Here are the four focus areas of growth:

Distress Tolerance skills help individuals to cope with painful events by introducing skills that will soften the effects of upsetting circumstances. Instead of learning to avoid stressful situations, DBT helps individuals to accept, find meaning for, and effectively work through difficult situations.

Mindfulness skills will help individuals to more fully appreciate the present moment while focusing less on painful experiences from the past or frightening possibilities in the future. Mindfulness gives individuals the tools to overcome recurrent, negative judgments about self and others.  Practicing mindfulness allows us to create healthy space from our emotions, thoughts, and body sensations so that they feel much less overwhelming.

Interpersonal Effectiveness skills give individuals tools to ask for what they need, set healthy boundaries, be assertive and cope with interpersonal conflict. It focuses on negotiating solutions to problems—all while protecting their relationships and treating others with respect.

Emotion Regulation skills help individuals to recognize more clearly what they feel with emphasis on observing each emotion without judgment. Participants learn to listen to their emotions and to soothe themselves into a calmer state of mind.  This empowers us to regulate our nervous system ourselves, lowering the need to utilize others.

Where: Center for Healing & Transformation located at 1650 38th Street, Suite 100E Boulder, CO 80301

When: Wednesday evenings

Who: Adults, Ages 18 and up

Jill Dawson, MA, LPC offers individual and group psychotherapy. She integrates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gestalt Therapy, and Somatic Therapy. Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Transitions, Eating and body-image issues, Relationship and communication difficulties, and Trauma.

Ryan Dawson, MA, LPC provides individual, couples & group psychotherapy for teens, families and adults. He supports people to discover a truer self and create deeper relationships.


If interested, please contact the facilitators Jill Dawson, MA, LPC or Ryan Dawson, MA, LPC at 720-420-9094.