GROUP TREATMENT AT DASC

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Each group is structured after Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treatment. Individuals who participate in DBT groups must also participate in individual therapy. Each group consists of four modules, including Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills. Each module lasts six to eight weeks and individuals are asked to commit to treatment one module at a time. These groups aim to support individuals who experience emotion dysregulation and lack effective coping skills.
DASC also offers a graduate/advanced DBT group for adults that meets every other week. This group is also structured after Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy protocol. It is an advanced group for those who have been through all of the DBT skills modules and who are ready to delve more into the application of skills as well as practice teaching the skills themselves in the group.

Adult skills groups with 6-8 week modules 

Teen skills group with 6-8 week modules

This group is modeled after Rathaus and Miller’s (2014) “DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents”, which outlines a protocol for teens from Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy treatment. This group consists of five four-week long modules, including Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Walking the Middle Path, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills. This group requires individuals to participate in individual therapy, as well, and requires participants to commit to one module at a time during treatment. This group additionally requires a participant’s caregiver to attend the first session of each module with their teen. This group aims to support teens who struggle with, but is not limited to, emotion dysregulation, self-harm, and difficulty maintaining relationships.

Mondays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm 

Contact: Jaclyn Goldman, LSW 847-641-0811 JGoldman@dascchicago.net

Embracing Your Body

This body image group utilizes cognitive-based therapies to assist individuals who are struggling with eating disorders, body image and overall self-image in learning and practicing self-compassion, vulnerability, and self-acceptance. Individuals ages 17 and older participating in this group may exhibit disordered eating (restricting or binge eating), eating disorder behaviors such as purging, over-exercise, or laxative abuse, self-harm, isolation, avoidance, an abundance of critical/negative self-talk, feelings of unworthiness or hopelessness. This group aims to provide a space for adults in recovery from eating disorders and/or struggling with negative body image and self worth to learn coping strategies in order to tolerate distress, practice mindfulness and acceptance within the present moment, and create goals in line with their values in order to work towards creating a meaningful life that they feel is worth living.

Mondays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Contact: Katie Lenahan, LCPC
773-236-1785 klenahan@dascchicago.org

Values and Committed Action in Eating Disorder Recovery 

This group aims to support individuals who are in recovery from an eating disorder and/or body image disturbance. This group pulls core components and skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support individuals in engaging in valued action to supplement their recovery process. This group strives to support and hold group members accountable to increasing their valued action and strengthening their psychological flexibility.

Wednesdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Contact: Katie Lenahan, LCPC
773-236-1785 klenahan@dascchicago.com

Mindful Yoga and Body Movement Group

DASC is partnering with the Chicago Yoga Center in order to provide psychotherapy-informed yoga and body movements for adults in order to supplement their ongoing therapy. This group utilizes Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to support adults with mood disorders, eating disorders and anxiety disorders in engaging in yoga, mindfulness, and body movement. This group aims to provide additional mindfulness practice, while also teaching various breathing exercises and yoga poses to increase a sense of positive connection to one’s body. All levels of experience welcome, from those new to the practiced seasoned yoga practitioners!
Note: There will be a $15 materials fee required per person per group session.

The first Monday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Where:

The 3rd floor of our Lakeview location at the Chicago Yoga Center, 3047 N. Lincoln Ave #320, Chicago 60657

Contact: Katie Lenahan, LCPC
773-236-1785 klenahan@dascchicago.com

Exposure Treatment Groups

The exposure groups offer a time for individuals experiencing anxiety to engage in structured exposure. This group focuses on treating adults with anxiety disorders that are effectively treated using Exposure and Response Prevention, including OCD, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Often, it is challenging for people with anxiety to engage in exposures independently, so this group serves as an opportunity to practice in between individual sessions to target their anxiety/avoidance symptoms. This group’s philosophy is to support people in reducing their anxiety and living meaningful lives. Participants are required to be in individual therapy.

Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm

Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Contact: Lauren Neaman, Psy.D.
872-228-6734 lneaman@dascchicago.com

Molly McLeese, LPC
773-242-9104 mmcleese@dascchicago.org

OCD Support Group

The OCD support group is an open group for individuals with OCD, families, and other supports. Each month includes open forum support groups and topical presentations by OCD experts from the community. The open forum meetings are based on Jonathon Grayson’s GOALS manual. RSVPs are required for this support group, though clients do not need to be in individual therapy to attend this group. Group does not meet on the 5th Tuesday of any month.

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month is a support group for individuals with OCD needing skills work.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays have topical talks with OCD experts from the community

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Contact: Becky Martin, LPC
872-205-6176 martinrebecca04@gmail.com

*Please contact group leader via phone or email for building access code and directions prior to attending group

Social Anxiety Groups

DASC offers two social anxiety groups that are 12-week, closed groups for adults who experience social anxiety and find themselves avoiding social situations. The group structure was created through Hoffman and Otto’s (2008) group protocol outlined in “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: Evidence-based and Disorder Specific Treatment Techniques”. This group incorporates additional evidence-based treatment, including mindfulness, values work, ACT metaphors, and exposures that utilize Craske’s research on inhibitory learning.

Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Contact: Lauren Neaman, Psy.D., ACT
872-228-6734 lneaman@dascchicago.com

Flourish groups are structured to provide short-term, intensive support, consisting of 8 to 10 weeks worth of material. The groups were developed to support a wide-range of concerns, ranging from anxiety and OCD to emotion dysregulation and interpersonal conflict. The groups may be tailored to fit an individual who would benefit more from CBT, as well as to fit the needs of someone seeking DBT services. The groups are structured to enhance one another when participating in more than one group. Together, the groups support individuals in understanding their unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and then gaining skills and strategies to create effective change in their lives.

Essential DBT Skills

  • Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm

Flourish offers an Essential DBT skills group that is comprised of key Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness skills, all from Marsha Linehan’s DBT protocol. This group is designed to help individuals learn a variety of important skills in a short period of time. Participants from this group often transition into a closed DBT group, though that is not required.

Mindfulness Group

  • Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00pm

The aim of the Mindfulness group to support clients in implementing and creating a Mindfulness practice for one’s self. Topics include mindfully observing thoughts, physical sensations, discomfort, emotions and experiences. Upon entry to the group, the individual takes the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) to measure progress throughout participation in the group. This group is informed through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  

ACT Skills Group

  • Mondays from 4:30-6:00pm

The ACT Skills Group focuses on teaching clients skills based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, specifically defusion and acceptance. It focuses on helping clients identify specific thoughts that they struggle with and learning how to decrease the negative impact that these thoughts have on behaviors. It also focuses on increasing awareness of one’s emotional experiences and learning how to decrease the struggle with painful emotions.

ACT Values and Behavioral Change Group

  • Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm

The ACT Values and Behavioral Change Group is designed to help clients build an awareness of their values and to learn how to create goals that set them up for success. Clients do not have to have done any preliminary work around values in order to join this group. They will work actively on exploring and identifying values in group together. This group aims to support individuals in rebuilding a life that is more enriching and meaningful.

Understanding Behaviors and Coping Ahead Group

  • Thursdays from 5:30-7:00pm

This group is modeled after Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Protocol and utilizes behavioral chain analysis to support individuals in understanding factors in their lives that led to engaging in unhelpful behaviors. This group encourages individuals to provide personal examples of engagement in their own target behaviors so that the group can identifying contributing factors together. This group also aims to support individuals in predicting possible challenging situations and identifying skills and strategies that can be used to manage these predicted difficulties. This group strives to create a validating and supportive environment for participants to support one another by brainstorming how they can manage challenging situations.

For more information on Flourish, call us at 773-494-5505

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