Go to navigation (press enter key)Menu

DBT Group

Day: Friday

Time: 1:30-3

Facilitator: Stephanie Bowlin, Ph.D. 


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that is intended to help people move towards having a life that feels more meaningful and worth living. In this 6-week group expect to learn skills that can be applied your everyday live, including stress related to school, relationships, work, and developing greater understanding and peace within yourself. The word “dialectical” describes the notion that two opposing ideas can be true at the same time. For example, working to both accept ourselves and are working towards change and improvement.

DBT aims to increase emotional and cognitive flexibility so that tolerance is developed for sitting with distress. In doing so, new ways to work with distress are cultivated. The 6 sessions will focus on the following skills: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

DBT has proven effective in helping people:

  • Understand and manage overwhelming emotions
  • Learn more about yourself and how you think
  • Reduce emotional instability and impulsive behaviors
  • Learn more effective ways of coping with stress
  • Improve relationships and identify effective relationships in your life
Please contact Stephanie (sbowlin@vassar.edu) and ask to schedule a group screen if interested.  You may also call Vassar College Counseling Services at 845-437-5700 and ask to schedule a DBT group screen. The group screen will give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the group before committing to attend.