Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Groups

Rebecca Anne, M.Div., M.S.W., LCSW, Decatur 30033, 404-636-1457 x420, Website
This is an ongoing DBT Skills Training group for adults that cycles through all four modules. DBT is a skills-based group in which participants will learn, practice, and apply new skills. DBT Skills Groups are an effective supplement to individual therapy for those that desire to be in the present moment and participate fully in life, decrease symptoms of anxiety or depression, get unstuck from ineffective emotional or behavioral patterns, let go of judgments of self and others, utilize skillful ways of getting through emotional crises, decrease behaviors that are creating difficulties in life, more effectively handle emotional pain, and use assertive communication.
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Ellen Atkeson, M.S., LPC & Mary Stewart Peden, M.A., LPC, Dunwoody 30338, 404-576-8328, Website

We understand that life can be hard as it is currently being lived and that people want to strive for a life worth living. We offer two adult DBT skills classes that give our clients a chance to take control of their lives through learning DBT skills. Our adult classes are taught by two LPCs that are intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s organization. Both therapists have been doing DBT for a combined total of 12 years. Our adult classes are co-ed and they follow DBT protocol. Each module is 8 weeks long and is comprised of 2 weeks of Mindfulness followed by 6 weeks of either Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, or Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Ellen Atkeson, M.S., LPC & Mary Stewart Peden, M.A., LPC, Dunwoody 30338, 404-576-8328, Website
We understand that the life of a teenager can be hard as it is currently being lived. We offer an adolescent DBT skills class that gives our clients a chance to take control of their lives through learning DBT skills. Our adolescent class is taught by two LPCs that are intensively trained in DBT through Behavioral Tech, Marsha Linehan’s organization. Both therapists have been doing DBT for a combined total of 12 years. Our adolescent class is co-ed and follows DBT protocol. Each module is 6 weeks long and is comprised of 2 weeks of Mindfulness followed by 4 weeks of either Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Walking the Middle Path, or Interpersonal Effectiveness.

Child & Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP), Atlanta 30306, 404-727-3443, Website
CAMP at Emory University offers a comprehensive DBT program for adolescents and young adults. The program is designed for individuals who have difficulty regulating their emotions and who turn to extreme coping mechanisms such as self-harm, extreme anger outbursts, or disordered eating to manage their emotions. DBT at CAMP includes individual therapy and group therapy (skills training); group sessions are designed to teach patients the skills they need, and individual therapy sessions are designed to help patients apply these skills in their day-to-day lives. We also offer a parallel training group for parents of teens in the DBT program.

Betsy Craig, LCSW & Sarah Donnini, LMSW, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for high school students follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC.  The class is composed of three nine-week modules, which cover skills in Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. High school students who strive for independence may sometimes experience explosive episodes and/or interpersonal stressors. Our high school class, offered on an ongoing basis, assists teens in developing coping skills to handle various situations in an effective and healthy manner. This class meets every Thursday. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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Megan Davis, M.A., LAPC, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for adults with treatment resistant anxiety and depression follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC. The typical client in this class has found other therapies unsuccessful, reporting a sense of appreciation and relief that someone finally understands them. Clients participate in skills training through all modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Although focused on skills, clients are able to problem solve specific skills used and gain ideas of effective usage from others. This class meets every Thursday. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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Robin Day, LPC, Roswell 30076 & Sandy Springs 30328, 404-636-7435, Website
Several Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Groups for women are led by Robin Day, who has been teaching DBT groups for over ten years. All DBT modules (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness) are taught. DBT is designed to be an adjunct to individual therapy and helps clients to achieve emotional and behavioral self-regulation. New members can start at any time. Participants with a variety of diagnoses benefit from these groups: Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorder, Anxiety and Panic Disorder, PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Borderline Personality.
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Sarah Donnini, LMSW, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for middle school students follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC. Middle school can be an extremely turbulent time for teens and parents alike. Our middle school skills class is offered on an ongoing basis and is composed of three nine-week modules which cover skills in Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Mindfulness. This class is aimed at helping young teens gain useful skills applicable during this often challenging time in their lives. This class meets every Tuesday. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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Julie Rand Dorney, M.D. & Licia Freeman, M.A., M.Ed., LMFT, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for Stress Due to Infertility follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC. The class is composed of three nine-week modules, which cover skills in Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The instructors will teach behavioral skills to also increase core mindfulness and self-management in view of infertility. Our Stress Due to Infertility Class, offered on an ongoing basis, assists in developing coping skills to handle various situations in an effective and healthy manner. This class meets every Tuesday. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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Amy Eisenman, M.S., LPC, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for college age clients follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC. At times called “the best four years of your life,” college can be a very trying time. Balancing school, friends, family, and newfound freedom is no easy task. Offered on an ongoing basis, the college class teaches clients skills in the four modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. With the addition of these skills clients are able to deal with life more effectively. This class meets every Friday. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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Amy Eisenman, M.S., LPC, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for high school students follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC. High school students who strive for independence may sometimes experience explosive episodes and/or interpersonal stressors. Our high school class, offered on an ongoing basis, assists teens in developing coping skills to handle various situations in an effective and healthy manner. The class is composed of three nine-week modules, which cover skills in Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. This class meets every Wednesday. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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Vanessa Hebert, LCSW & Brittany Boden, LCSW, Atlanta 30305, 404-816-6262, Website
This DBT group is co-facilitated by two experienced Licensed Clinical Social Workers who utilize the comprehensive therapeutic model designed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., that focuses on changing and managing destructive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Clients who benefit from DBT typically struggle with ineffective reactions to stress that are often self-harming or self-defeating, which tend to increase pain and stress. These clients often find that DBT skills are especially useful in changing self-destructive patterns. The goal of DBT Skills training groups is to assist in alleviating suffering so that clients may learn to create lives worth living!
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Hillside DBT, Atlanta 30306, 404-875-4551 x1017, Website
Hillsides DBT Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) includes both a DBT Skills Group component as well as Outpatient Services. Our IOP is a 14 week Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group that meets once a week in the evening. During the 14 week program we provide groups for children and adolescents as well as a parent/guardian group that runs concurrently. These groups are run by intensively trained DBT therapists and are integral in learning the DBT Skills to utilize while the children are at home and in the community. Additionally we offer both Individual and Family DBT Therapy for those children and families enrolled in the DBT Program. The DBT Skills groups are open for enrollment year round after the initial intake session.

A.B. Kaplan, M.S., LPC, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for families and significant others, follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC. Families will participate in skills training through all modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants will learn to use these skills with their family members and in other aspects of their lives. Families get the opportunity to problem solve skills usage, as well as experiencing skill usage while in the classroom. This class meets every Thursday and is also open to those whose family member is not in our program. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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A.B. Kaplan, M.S., LPC, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for families and significant others follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC. Families will participate in skills training through all modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants will learn to use these skills with their family members and in other aspects of their lives. Families get the opportunity to problem solve skills usage, as well as experiencing skill usage while in the classroom. This class meets every Tuesday and is open to those whose family member is not in our program. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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Jennifer J. Manly, LPC, Duluth 30097, 770-570-2382, Website
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced based treatment approach proven effective in helping people to better regulate their thoughts, feelings and behaviors by teaching them skills they can utilize in the moment. Through skills use, people are able to reduce maladaptive behaviors such as suicide attempts, self-injurious behaviors, and distorted thinking. Crisis management skills are also developed through DBT. Skills training takes place via a group setting concurrently with process-based, individual therapy. The four DBT modules are Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
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Heather McCormack-Moon, LPC & Erin Hinek, LPC, Atlanta 30345, 404-242-5553 or 404-354-4026
DBT Skills Training Group is designed to help clients develop the skills needed to cultivate a life worth living. DBT is helpful for clients who suffer from chronic emotional dysregulation and who may have a variety of diagnoses. Clients in our groups are required to also be engaged in individual therapy and we work together with primary therapists to coordinate treatment. We offer two ongoing groups for adults that cycle through three 12-week modules including: Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance with Mindfulness taught during the first three weeks of each module. We have a co-ed group and a group for women only.

Vinitha Pastor, M.A., LPC, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for adults with treatment resistant anxiety and depression follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC. The typical client in this class has found other therapies unsuccessful, reporting a sense of appreciation and relief that someone finally understands them. Clients participate in skills training through all modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Although focused on skills, clients are able to problem solve specific skills used and gain ideas of effective usage from others. This class meets every Wednesday. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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Vinitha Pastor, M.A., LPC & A.B. Kaplan, M.S., LPC, Atlanta 30305, 404-809-3324, Website
Our DBT Skills class for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder follows the empirically based protocol for DBT Skills Training classes, as set forth by Behavioral Tech, LLC. The typical client in this class has found other therapies unsuccessful, reporting a sense of appreciation and relief that someone finally understands them. Clients participate in skills training through all modules of DBT: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Although focused on skills, clients are able to problem solve specific skills used and gain ideas of effective usage from others. This class meets every Friday. It is a closed class, so please inquire as to when the next class opening begins.
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Trina Proctor, LPC, Smyrna 30080, 678-310-7151, Website
All About You Counseling Services will be offering ongoing Co-Ed DBT Skills Group. DBT is suitable for all diagnoses, ages, and intelligence levels. All classes are divided into three modules each lasting eight weeks with 2 week breaks in between each module. Trina Proctor, the current facilitator, has been trained in DBT and been training clients on incorporation of skill use for over 10 years. It is recommended that clients participate in individual therapy in addition to skills training. A signed release will be required for individual therapist collaboration with facilitator. If you have a client, friend, or family member that you feel might benefit from this group, please refer them for pre-screening to verify appropriateness for the group and to address any questions they might have.
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Ray of Hope Counseling Services, Kennesaw 30144, 678-213-2194, Website
Ray Of Hope Counseling Services, Inc. offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training Groups for Adolescent Girls and Adults. These groups teach the DBT skills of Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, Radical Acceptance & Distress Tolerance. These groups helps stop Impulsive Behaviors, Mood Swings, and Self-Abusive Behaviors, while improving poor relationships with family and friends. Please see links to both groups: http://www.rhcounselingservices.com/adolescent-dbtcbt-group/ & http://www.rhcounselingservices.com/adult-dbt-group/.
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Noelle Santorelli, Ph.D. & Lauren Moffitt Edwards, Ph.D., Atlanta 30306, 404-919-9231 or 404-550-5879
The DBT Skills Training Groups are divided into three 14-week modules. Groups are kept to a maximum of 8 participants with two co-leaders to allow for greater level of skill acquisition and adjustment of the skill use for each individual. Our groups tend to be intellectually high functioning yet continue to experience significant emotional distress. Group leaders have extensive training in DBT and also advanced conceptual training in working with personality, mood and anxiety disorders. We place the utmost importance in practicing ethically and with healthy boundaries. Group members are required to be in individual therapy. We work closely with individual therapists in order to provide a true treatment team approach.
 
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