DBT Skills Group

Wednesdays 5:00pm - 6:30pm
In Person at 7231 N Sheridan

This January we will be starting a new DBT support group on Wednesdays from 5-6:30pm. It will be virtual and then moving in person for the Spring. It is appropriate for ages 17- and up. We will be working out of the Marsha Linehan Book on DBT

DBT is effective for both Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. It is also a great modality for anxiety and depression as well and those who have had problems with substance misuse or are in recovery.

This group will also offer availability for phone support for coaching skills.

We accept most PPO plans and private pay. Each group is $100 per session if you are paying privately.

All sessions will be conducted by Joslyn Jelinek, an LCSW with over 25 years in the field. She has experience and used a consultation group to meet the requirements of an official DBT practice. Her phone availability is from 9am to 10pm daily for registered participants. Group Participants are able to join and discontinue the group as desired, but about 6 months is recommended.
In a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group with a licensed therapist, you would engage in a structured program designed to help you develop a range of skills to manage and regulate your emotions, cope with stress, improve relationships, and enhance your overall quality of life. DBT combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices, focusing on four main skill modules:
  1. Mindfulness:
    • Objective: Learn to stay present in the moment, fully aware and accepting of your current thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
    • Skills: Practicing non-judgmental observation, describing and participating in the present moment, and cultivating a “wise mind” that balances rational and emotional thinking.
  2. Distress Tolerance:
    • Objective: Develop strategies to endure and survive crises without making the situation worse.
    • Skills: Learning to tolerate pain and distress through techniques such as distraction, self-soothing, improving the moment, and accepting reality as it is (radical acceptance).
  3. Emotion Regulation:
    • Objective: Understand and manage intense emotions that may feel overwhelming or out of control.
    • Skills: Identifying and labeling emotions, reducing vulnerability to negative emotions, increasing positive emotional experiences, and applying techniques to change unwanted emotions.
  4. Interpersonal Effectiveness:
    • Objective: Enhance your ability to communicate and interact with others in a healthy, assertive, and effective manner.
    • Skills: Learning to ask for what you need, say no, set boundaries, and manage conflicts while maintaining self-respect and relationships.
Throughout the group sessions, you would engage in interactive discussions, role-playing, and practical exercises to apply these skills to real-life situations. You would receive support and feedback from both the therapist and fellow group members, fostering a collaborative and validating environment. Homework assignments and practice exercises are typically given to reinforce the skills learned during sessions.
By the end of the program, you would have a comprehensive toolkit to better manage your emotions, navigate challenging situations, and build healthier, more fulfilling relationships.

Please call 773-517-3448 or email info@chicagohumanpotneital.com