DBT Skills Training Groups

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a behavioral psychotherapy that has been show to be highly effective in helping individuals learn coping and life skills to improve functioning, fulfillment, and increase self-awareness and self-care.

DBT Skills Training is focused on increasing an individual’s overall ability to self-regulate their emotions through the training of four specific sets of behavioral skills:

  • Core Mindfulness – improving non-judgmental awareness and acceptance of the present moment.
  • Distress Tolerance – surviving a crisis and decreasing intense emotions without making it worse.
  • Emotion Regulation – understanding and managing emotions.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – improving assertiveness and boundary-setting.

Each group module runs approximately 30 weeks and is facilitated by 2 Linehan Trained professionals. Each session is run as a class, where the therapist will teach skills within the session, and then assign between-session exercises (homework) that is necessary to help individuals apply the skills in their everyday experience.


Many Black women face the daily challenge of navigating the intersections of their various identities, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual/affectional orientation, age, national origin, physical ability, health, physical characteristics, religion, education, and socioeconomic class. This daily challenge to navigate occurs within oppressive and invalidating environments that can take a major toll on one’s functioning and sense of self.

If you’re a Black woman and would like the opportunity to learn new ways to cope with the cognitive, emotional, physical, and relational impact of daily oppression and the opportunity to learn how to live a more full and effective life, this DBT Skills Group might be for you.

Accepting new group members! New group members may join the group during the first three weeks of a new module.

  • Who: All Black Women, age 18 and up
  • When: Tuesday evenings from 6PM to 7:30PM
  • Where: Group is virtual, only, due to COVID-19 (location is subject to change once it is safe to do so.)
  • Cost: $80 per person per group (sliding scale is accepted on case-by-case basis.)

Group is co-lead with Clerissa Cooper, MS, LPC, NCC, CCH, DBTC.