DBT Online Class

DBT Online class

DBT is a skills-based programme for people who experience difficulties in regulating emotions, including those who received the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD), some eating disorders or ADHD/ADD. We offer it live and online, with the same format as when delivered in-person. There is no specific diagnostic requirement for participation in the programme. DBT can assist you in coping effectively with extreme emotional sensitivity, self-harm and problematic urges, mood swings, substance misuse, anger, depression, anxiety, intense relationships and impulsivity.

When and How

The online DBT skills classes are provided live via Zoom on Mondays at 5:45pm-7:15pm, Tuesdays at 4pm-5:30pm and 6pm-7:30pm, Wednesdays at 3:30pm-5:30pm and 6pm-8pm and Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm. The idea is to commit to one of these groups and attend it weekly. You will be sent a link to the class by one of the facilitators at least 24 hours before the first session of each module. The Saturday 10am and 12:15pm groups are held in-person near King’s Cross.

Entry Points

  • The next entry point to the Monday 5:45pm group is on 20th February 2023 when the 6-week class in Core Mindfulness and Middle Path Skills is scheduled to begin. The fee is £450 (£75 x 6 sessions). It will be followed by modules in Distress Tolerance (3rd April 2023), Emotion Regulation (26th June 2023) and Interpersonal Effectiveness (25th September 2023). Sessions are not held on Bank Holiday Mondays, i.e. 10th April, 1st, 8th and 29th May, 28th August and 25th December 2023. 
  • The next entry points to the Tuesday 4pm and 6pm groups are on 7th March 2023 when the 8-week module in Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills is scheduled to begin and the fee is £600 (£75 x 8 sessions). It will be followed by classes Core Mindfulness & Middle Path (2nd May 2023), Distress Tolerance (13th June 2023) and Emotion Regulation (8th August 2023).
  • The next entry point to the Wednesday 3:30pm group is on 1st March 2023 when the 8-week module in Distress Tolerance Skills is scheduled to begin and the fee is £680 (£85 x 8 sessions). It will be followed by classes in Emotion Regulation (26th April 2023), Interpersonal Effectiveness (19th July 2023) and Core Mindfulness & Middle Path (13th September 2023).
  • The next entry point to the Wednesday 6pm group is on 1st March 2023 when the 8-week class in Distress Tolerance Skills is scheduled to begin. The fee for this class is £680 (£85 x 8 sessions). It will be followed by modules in Emotion Regulation (26th April 2023), Interpersonal Effectiveness (19th July 2023) and Core Mindfulness & Middle Path (13th September 2023).
  • The next entry point to the Thursday 5:30pm group is on 30th March 2023 when the 8-week class in Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills is scheduled to begin. The fee for this class is £680 (£85 x 8 sessions). It will be followed by modules in Core Mindfulness and Middle Path (25th May 2023), Distress Tolerance (6th July 2023) and Emotion Regulation (31st August 2023).
  • The next 10-week Advanced Relationship Skills in Action module will begin on 5th April 2023 and be held weekly on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm via Zoom. The fee is £75 per session (£750).

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What will I learn?

  • 6-week Core Mindfulness and Middle Path module is designed to teach you how to increase your awareness levels, decrease reactivity and judgmentalness, focus better, train your attention, accept current moment experiences and be more compassionate towards yourself. This module will also teach you how to avoid taking extreme positions and instead acknowledge the validity of different positions and others’ perspectives.
  • 8-week Distress Tolerance module is centred on accepting difficult situations and emotions and finding ways to survive and tolerate the moment without engaging in problematic behaviours such as self-harm, conflict or impulsive substance misuse.You will learn how to respond to stressful and overwhelming emotions by engaging both your body and mind in the process. This module will cover both strategies of change and acceptance.
  • 12-week Emotion Regulation module involves learning to recognise and label current emotions, identify obstacles to changing emotions, reduce emotional vulnerability and reactivity, increase positive emotions and harness a more positive long-term outlook, and change emotions that are unhelpful or unwarranted. This module will also teach you how to gradually decrease avoidance of feelings and become more comfortable experiencing emotions.
  • 8-week Interpersonal Effectiveness module teaches strategies for asking for what you need, saying no, setting boundaries and coping with interpersonal conflict in a way that influences others whilst enhancing the relationship and your self-respect. This module is of particular relevance to individuals who experience their relationships as chaotic, intense and unstable, and it teaches strategies for maintaining balanced relationships.
  • 10-week Advanced Relationship Skills in Action is a module for people who have already attended the standard Interpersonal Effectiveness DBT module and want to enhance their interpersonal skills further, improve existing relationships and build new ones. In this module you will learn about the theory and practice of dialectical thinking, balancing opposites, how to balance intense desire to influence someone with acceptance of the moment, validation of self and others, recovering from invalidation, building new relationships, communicating emotions to others, getting people to like you, mindfulness of others, reinforcement and strategies for changing behaviour. There will also be two practice sessions to immerse yourself in the application of the skills. You will also be able to bring your own real life scenarios and receive suggestions from the group trainer on how to approach them skilfully.

Further information

The fees are £75 per 90-minute class and £85 per 2-hour live class (payable per module). DBT classes are designed to be intensive and interactive, not where you passively watch the screen. You can expect to be challenged by the didactics, demonstrations and discussions. The aim of this approach is to encourage you to use this coaching to help you maximise your use of the tools that you will be learning.

The skills class can be attended in conjunction with individual DBT therapy as part of the full comprehensive DBT programme, live and online, with the same format as when delivered in-person. For further information about the upcoming entry points and the full programme please visit the DBT Programme section of this website.

Practicalities

  • Please reserve the required time to ensure that you are not disturbed and can concentrate fully throughout the duration of the class.
  • For the best and most comfortable experience, attend the class on the computer or laptop instead of a mobile.
  • Have the camera switched on.
  • Make sure that all other programmes on your device are closed and that nothing can disrupt your internet connection.
  • Remain in a confidential space.

Fees and Booking