DBT Therapy Group - Friday evenings at Psych Choices in Drexel Hill
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is is a form of therapy that targets negative thoughts and destructive behaviors and attempts to transform them into more positive outcomes. To learn these skills with a small group of others who struggle with similar issues, you may be interested in the therapy group led by Mr. Stephen Milburn.
DBT teaches you to manage your emotions in the moment. Even ignoring emotions is doing something. Itís not bad to ignore thoughts, especially if theyíre negative. Itís a skill. You wouldnít call yourself ill if you could put something out of your head in order to keep it moving to get through the day. This is a mindfulness activity and can help establish self-compassion and acceptance.
An exercise, Mr. Milburn suggests that can keep you emotionally grounded is to "walk with those emotions." Keep track of your thoughts, notice your thoughts, and acknowledge that youíre having these thoughtsĖthen let them go. Thoughts tend to recidivate and stay in our heads, like a broken record. If you can acknowledge those thoughts, it makes it easier to move forward and not dwell.
Although ignoring, if itís not something you do at random or with great frequency, can be a healthy thing too when done properly. Itís actually a positive skill to be able to put a negative thought aside on a shelf somewhere in your mind. The key is to acknowledge its presence and be mindful of it, but set it to the side to deal with at a better time. If you can get yourself to a place where this isnít a random or regular behavior, you can become skillful at managing your emotions, and it really doesnít take too much effort.
Just like you would take your car in for an oil change and other general maintenance, or see your family doctor for a wellness check-up, youíre MAINTAINING your mental health when you incorporate and practice the skills taught through DBT.
If you would like to learn skills like this, a DBT group led by Mr. Milburn meets here at Psych Choices to help you learn to manage your emotions in a skillful way. The group meets on Friday evenings at 7:00 PM. To participate in this group, please contact our intake department at 610-626-8085 ext. 213. If you are already a patient at Psych Choices, you can mention your interest in this group to the receptionist at your next visit, or take a business card for Mr. Milburn from the waiting room to contact him directly.
Most insurances do cover group therapy for the cost of your regular copayment amount. If you are paying out of pocket,it will be $35.00 per session. Even with insurance, you will not be charged more than $35.00 for a group therapy session.