Rather than standard group therapy, DBT groups are psychoeducation meetings wherein we teach participants a new set of skills including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
These classes are offered to adolescents and a parent or guardian. Research has shown that group sessions conducted in this capacity are extremely effective. It lets the parent or guardian learn the same set of skills as their teen, which allows the behaviors to be reinforced at home. Utilizing this structure also provides families a sense of solidarity — they are not alone. While their problems are unique, there is still hope.
DBT groups are not a place to share all the intimate, personal details. Individual therapy is the best setting to address the specific needs and provide absolute confidentiality.