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DBT Skills Classes

For patients that do not want a comprehensive DBT program, but still want to learn DBT skills, we allow entrance into our DBT skills classes, provided you are working with a therapist that we can collaborate with.

You do not need to see one of us for individual therapy, we are always willing to work with the treatment team you already have in place, and are diligent about consistent communication with your other care providers.

Patients are required to attend an individual assessment prior to joining groups, and all classes have rolling admission.

Our DBT skills classes are focused on enhancing clients’ capabilities by teaching them behavioral skills. The class is run according to Marsha Linehan’s syllabus, following the DBT skills training manual and using Linehan’s DBT Skills Workbook. The group leader and co leader teach the skills and assign homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. Our classes cover the four modules of DBT: mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance. After completing and graduating from skills class, we offer graduate level DBT groups for those interested. 24/7 skills coaching is reserved for clients in our full comprehensive program, and is not available to skills group only clients.

Adult skills classes are currently offered on Monday and Tuesday at 7 pm and Thursday at 1045 am, adolescent skills classes are offered Wednesday at 7 pm and Thursday s at 6 pm, and Graduate Group is offered on Wednesday at 7 pm. Our Loved Ones Program starts new approximately every 6 weeks or so, and has a minimum of 4 families participating. The program is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 pm. (Family members will be assigned to the night that corresponds with their Loved One starting DBT group, you are not able to select which night you will attend.)
Suzanne M. Wallach
PsyD, MA, LMFT
Clinical / Executive Director
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Daniele Lewin
MA, AMFT
Staff Therapist
Program Director, Child & Adolescent DBT programs
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Molly Ackerly
MA, LCSW
Staff Therapist
Program Director, Adult DBT Program
DBT Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician
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Ruth Avalos
MA, LCSW
Staff Therapist
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Alessandra Rizzotti
MA, LCSW
Staff Therapist
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Molly Nestor Kaye
MA, AMFT
Staff Associate Therapist
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Kayla Uggetti
MA, AMFT, APCC
Associate Staff Therapist
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Jordan Werner
MA, AMFT
Staff Associate Therapist
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Mason Allred
MA, AMFT
Associate Staff Therapist
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For Adults

Adult Program (ages 18+):
Offering DBT-C, a comprehensive DBT program for adults.

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For Teens

Adolescent Program (ages 13-17):
We help adolescents feeling overwhelmed by their emotions and struggling to cope with the world around them.

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For Children

Pre Adolescent Program (ages 6-12):
Offering DBT-C, a comprehensive DBT program for children ages 6 through 12.

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