For more information or to enroll in any of our groups, please call McKenzie Owen at 773-494-5505

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 closed DBT groups 

DASC offers adult DBT groups that meet weekly on:
● Mondays from 11:00am-12:30pm
● Tuesdays from 12:30pm-2:00pm
● Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm
● Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm
● Thursday from 12:15pm-1:45pm **At the downtown office

Adult Stress Less Group

Mondays from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Stress Less is a processing group for adults. This group aims to provide individuals with a supportive environment where they can share concerns surrounding mutual experiences. Participants are asked to identify specific topics they would like support with prior to joining the group. The group curriculum will be tailored to the group’s presenting needs and concerns. This group draws from frameworks such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness.

Advanced DBT Group

Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm

DASC also offers a graduate/advanced DBT group for adults who have completed
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. This group
is also structured after Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy protocol.

Teen Stress Less Group

Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm 

Stress Less is a processing group for adolescents. This group provides teens with a safe space in which they can feel comfortable to share about struggles that their peers are also experiencing. Stress Less draws from frameworks such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to learn ways to enhance coping, improve relationships, build self-esteem, and develop hope.

Mindful Yoga and Body Movement Group

First Monday of each month from 6:00pm-7:30pm

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.

ACT Group

Thursdays from 5:00pm-6:30pm

The ACT Group is focused on helping clients become more aware of thoughts and emotions that get in the way of valued action. It works on helping clients learn how
to have a different relationship with their thoughts and emotions in order to decrease the negative impact of these internal experiences on their lives. Clients
will learn and practice mindfulness-based skills and techniques aimed at decreasing their struggle with their emotional discomfort. Simultaneously, this group is
focused on helping clients build awareness of their personal values and setting goals to help them move towards the life they want for themselves.

RO-DBT Skills Class

Mondays from 12:30-2:00 pm

Tuesdays from 5:00-6:30 pm

RO-DBT skills classes are designed using Tom Lynch’s Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) treatment protocol. RO-DBT is a “new” evidence-based treatment with over 20 years of clinical research. RO-DBT is designed to treat disorders of overcontrol, including diagnoses of treatment-resistant depression and anxiety, anorexia, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and autism spectrum diagnoses. Classes are designed for those who struggle with emotional loneliness and have a hard time connecting with others, avoid risks and new experiences, and struggle to relax. Classes teach participants skills to increase receptivity and openness, flexibility, and social connectedness-the three core components of emotional well-being. The class will run for 30 weeks and take place at the Lakeview office at 3047 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Adult Social Anxiety Groups

Mondays from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm

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. Older adolescents may be able to join this group if deemed clinically appropriate.

Exposure Treatment Groups

Tuesdays from 5:30pm-7:00pm
Thursdays from 4:00pm-5:30pm

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.

OCD Support Group

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm

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.

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

Hoarding and Acquiring Group

Wednesdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm

In this group members learn to use exposure exercises and cognitive-behavioral techniques to overcome clutter in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. Members learn why clutter is hard to overcome and skills to do it! Members also learn how to resist the temptation to collect too much stuff and how to decide which items to save.

Embrace Your Body Group

Mondays from 6:00pm-7:30pm

This closed group was developed for adults working towards recovery from eating disorders and body image inflexibility. The group has 3 core modules: Body Image, Self Compassion, and Shame and Vulnerability. Each module lasts approximately 12 weeks, and group members are asked to commit to the full module. Each module utilizes skills and themes from from CBT/ERP, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). All modules include experiential and exposure work.

ED Values and Committed Action Group

Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:00pm

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.

Interpersonal Process Group

Wednesdays from 11:15am-12:15pm

This group is a 12-week closed group designed for individuals who have difficulties in relationships. The group will focus on (1) gaining insight into how we tend to relate to others and roles we take on, (2) building awareness of how we are perceived by others in a safe and respectful environment, and (3) work towards experimenting with new behaviors that allow for more fulfilling and meaningful relationships. This is a process group, which means that it will focus on the relationships between group members to foster insight and try out new behaviors. Group leaders will take on the role on providing feedback and support to members, and helping the group develop new skills in their journey towards improving relationships in their lives. Prior to starting the group, members will do a 30-minute session with a group leader to orient to the group.

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.

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


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