Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What are DBT Groups?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based therapy that helps individuals to increase self-compassion, learn to work with difficult emotions and live healthier, more stable lives. DBT clients learn to lead themselves through whatever difficulties life brings. This evidence-based therapy helps people to better understand their emotions and work with these emotions to feel more grounded in themselves, their relationships and at work. Our clients learn practical tools to become more emotionally regulated, to skillfully manage times of distress and to create longer lasting and deeper relationships.

Are DBT Groups right for me?

DBT would be a very helpful therapy for people who struggle with:
  • Overwhelming anger, anxiety, fear or sadness that interferes with life
  • 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

How will DBT Groups help me?

1 Distress Tolerance

Distress Tolerance skills help individuals to cope with painful events and to 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.

2 Mindfulness

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 negative judgments about self and others and to get space from difficult emotions.

3 Interpersonal Effectiveness

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.

4 Emotion Regulation

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.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find 
all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

~ Rumi

How effective is DBT?

DBT is a highly researched, evidence-based treatment. Research has shown DBT to be effective in reducing depression, anxiety, worthlessness, low self-esteem, anger, suicidal behavior, self-harm, psychiatric hospitalization, and improving social and global functioning.

Form Bonds

The group members form a bond over time as people share how they are bringing skills into their lives.  The facilitators hold a safe container for the group, which allows members to feel held and supported.

Become Unstuck

The group is designed to help members become unstuck from regrets and ruminations from the past and fears and worries about the future.

Empower Yourself

The skills empower each group member to bring their attention to the present moment, where change is possible.

Where are DBT Groups held?

Jeremy Kalan & Diana Fenton Kalan’s Office: 452 Aulima Loop, Kailua, HI 96734

DBT Group | Kailua, Hawaii

Group members will learn practical skills that will empower them to regulate their emotions, become less distressed, create inner peace, and live more fulfilling lives. Please call to schedule an initial consultation to consider joining this group.

767 Kailua Rd, Ste 202, Kailua, HI 96734

Facilitator(s): Breanne Woodbury

DBT Group | Boulder, Colorado

Group members learn practical tools that encourage them to become better regulated, less distressed, and live happier, more fulfilling, and richer lives. Please call to schedule an initial consultation to consider joining this group.

The Healing Hub
1650 38th Street, Suite 100E, Boulder, CO 80301

Facilitator(s): Danni Sullivan and Jill Dawson

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