Being in a group is a unique experience that is hard to describe unless you have experienced it. The group can provide a space where individuals can share their daily anxieties/life stressors and relate to others who may be going through similar situations. Hearing multiple point of views and life experiences can be very helpful in our own personal growth and healing, as this can allow us to think of our own difficulties in a new way and figure out how to apply different skills in a variety of settings.
It is important to note that with individual therapy and group therapy, change is not going to occur if we do not try to put the skills into practice outside of the therapy time. It would be important for any individual wanting to join a group therapy session to plan a time daily (even if it is 5-10minutes) where they can reflect on what was learned/shared/taught in the group and practice the skills.
At the moment all groups are virtual. In person groups will be added in the near future!
DBT Group for Anxiety
This Dialectical Behavioral Therapy group will be addressing anxiety in daily life and how to implement skills from the DBT components of Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
This group will be addressing the difficulties of managing day-to-day life experiences, such as difficulties with others whether that may be family/friends/coworkers/partners, work/life balance, being present in daily life, how to manage anxiety in a variety of situations, and how to check in with our mind and bodies to connect our inner most thoughts/feelings/behaviors.
This is an 8-week group for ages 18+. This group will cover all 4 components of DBT- Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, & Interpersonal Effectiveness.
What results can the individuals expect from attending the group?
Each individual can expect to gain a wide variety of skills to add to their “tool box” for helping their anxiety and calming any stress.
Individuals can expect, with continual practice of skills, a decrease in anxiety symptoms in day-to-day situations and experiences.
Each individual can also expect a new variety of resources and understanding in the realm of DBT therapy as well as any referrals they may need or ask for from the therapist leading the group.
Get to know your group leader:
Welcome! My name is Cassidy Robinson and I will be leading the upcoming Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group for Anxiety. I have over 2 years of experience leading groups in an inpatient setting for a variety of mental health difficulties whether that be anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, etc. I believe the group setting provides something unique that individual therapy cannot. Group therapy allows for individuals with common difficulties to come together to not only learn and grow for themselves, but to also be reminded that they are not alone in what they are dealing with. Group therapy allows for a safe, honest space where the participants and group leader can come together to discuss and practice ways to help each individual build a life worth living. The group environment also allows individuals to relate and hold one another accountable as the weeks progress. I assure you that the group(s) I facilitate will be ones of comfort, support, and safety while balancing the trust among other members and myself.
Self-pay options and insurance options are below.
We accept self-pay and most insurances! Please contact us if you would like to enroll in the group or click the enroll now buttons. If selecting the enroll now button for self-pay, it will direct you to a payment method. If selecting the enroll now button under insurance, it will direct you to sign up as a new client in which you can add your insurance information once accepted in the group. Insurance copays are dependent upon insurance plan.
8814 Fargo Road Suite 125
Richmond, VA 23229
What if someone in the group is someone I know?
We recognize that it might be uncomfortable to be in the same group as someone you know. Please let your group leader or front office staff know immediately if you have an existing relationship with someone else in the group. If that happens it's up to the group leader and yourself on how to proceed. You have the choice to stay in the group should you both agree that it is okay and comfortable to do so. It may work out to have both of you stay in the same group, or it may be best to have one of you find a different group to join. If another group is recommended, the group leader will consult with you and the person you know and do our best to find another appropriate group that matches your needs and schedule.
What if I'm too shy and not able to talk as much as the other group members?
Most group members feel some anxiety when first starting a group. All our group leaders are trained and have experience with helping to initiate conversation and to discuss whatever anxiety the group may be feeling. Most new members find that the group process allows them to begin sharing in ways they had not expected.
How many people are in a typical group?
Most groups consist of 8-12 members with 1-2 group leaders.
Can I be in individual and group therapy at the same time?
Yes, many members seek both individual and group therapy. Often times, therapists will suggest some individuals to join a group of people experiencing a related topic or event. Group therapy can work in conjunction with individual therapy, and it is recommended and encouraged to continue with individual therapy while you are in the group.
How long does each group therapy session take?
The length of group therapy sessions is dependent upon the group. Most group therapy sessions are 90 minutes unless otherwise indicated.