In 1984, The Resource Group Counseling and Education, was created in Towson, Maryland to do more than simply treat the physical consequences of addiction and substance use disorders. Instead, the founders dedicated themselves to creating a program that involved early intervention, resulting in the foundation of the first and only outpatient program in Maryland at the time. Since then, Resource Group has expanded into treating not only substance use disorders, but all forms of mental health disorders including mental health therapy, psychiatry, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based form of therapy that combines methods from cognitive therapy (connecting thoughts, behaviors, and feelings), behavioral therapy (learned behaviors and how the environment impacts those behaviors), and aspects of mindfulness practices.
Clients learn to accept their current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while learning DBT skills with which to respond to life more effectively. By starting with acceptance and gradually replacing old, automatic behavior patterns with new, effective ways of coping, clients’ suffering is diminished and they begin to build more satisfying lives.
Comprehensive DBT includes weekly DBT groups, individual sessions with a DBT therapist, and phone coaching, which helps clients apply skills in real time, outside of scheduled appointments.
DBT Group Therapy for adolescents (14 – 17)
Our adolescent DBT program is a skills training group with three modules: Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Walking the Middle Path. This group is meant for teens struggling with mood dependent behaviors, difficulty tolerating their emotions, and ineffective coping skills.
DBT Group Therapy for adults
Our adult DBT group is geared for clients who experience high levels of emotional dysregulation and difficulty tolerating distress. Many of these clients also engage in self-destructive behaviors such as disordered eating, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and physical self-harm.