DBT is a non-pathologising approach that teaches skills for creating a life worth living. It focuses on the areas of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. I am currently running a peer DBT group for disabled people who are queer. I am now interested in starting a low-cost group for other clients interested in this approach – largely because a client expressed an interest and I think it works really well in a group context. Priority for this group will be given to LGBT people and sex workers.
The initial course that I am offering is a 4-week introduction to mindfulness and distress tolerance skills. This will run for 4 weeks from the 19th September. Following this course, there will be the option to carry on to a further 6-week course starting in early November focused on emotion regulation skills.
What do you do in a group meeting?
We would start with a mindfulness exercise, then in each session after the first we would go through the homework and discuss each of our experiences with it. Then we would have a 10 minute break. After the break we would learn a new skill in one of the areas I describe above.
The cost would be on a sliding scale:
Earning under $/£ 10,000 = £5 per session
Earning under $/£ 20,000 = £10 per session
Earning over $/£ 20,000 = £15 per session
How do I contact you about joining this group?
You can express interest here.
Is this group therapy?
No. I would be acting as a facilitator, but on the understanding that we are peers that are seeking to learn these skills together. Each participant is an expert in their life, and will have a different relationship to the skills. This group is about learning more options for dealing with the challenges that we face in life.
Do I need to have a diagnosis to come to this group?
No. DBT assumes that some people have a harder time coping with emotions than others, and managing impulses or behaviours. It suggests some of this is biological, but some comes from an invalidating social environment. Sadly, we all live within one of those! Especially if we are queer, sex workers, people of colour, disabled etc.