Family Dynamics In this group, patients are encouraged to explore patterns of family functioning through the exploration of family rules, expectations, communication patterns, power dynamics, and genograms. Patients explore how current psychological difficulties may relate to longstanding family patterns and how to think about changing these patterns in the present.
Mentalizing This group teaches patients about the concept of mentalization and how to utilize a mentalizing stance to improve emotion regulation, self-understanding, and effectiveness in relationships. In particular, the group focuses on helping patients increase their awareness of their own thoughts and feelings, the thoughts and feelings of others, and how to use this heightened awareness to improve their ability to function at home, at work/school, and in their relationships.
Emotions, Intimacy, and the Art of Living When life doesn't seem to be working out, often some difficulty with emotions is in play, whether it be holding them in, feeling out of control, or the like. But emotions are also the poetry of our lives—we wouldn't be human without them. This group provides a space in which to explore the dynamics of emotional experience and become more intimate with them. In better appreciating the meaning, purpose, and functions of our emotions, patients have the opportunity to recognize their experience more easily in the moment and thus make more informed choices about the actions they take in response.
Interpersonal Process I and II This groups provides patients with the opportunity to speak about their personal issues while encouraging them to practice interpersonal skills with other group members. They are encouraged to use this group as a place to practice skills learned in other groups and to explore their personal struggles with the support of their peers.
Topics in Treatment This group shifts between psychoeducation and experiential activities to provide patients with an opportunity to generate topics of interest based upon their current treatment needs. Topics patients have chosen in the past include: forgiveness vs. acceptance, stigma of mental illness, feeling stuck, use of journaling in therapy, use of artistic expression in therapy, family sculptures, understanding suicide, group dynamics, etc.
Chain Analysis - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills I This group explores the interplay of patients' (1) thoughts and feelings, (2) vulnerabilities, and (3) environmental and relational cues/events as they contribute to their emotional difficulties. Patients learn about their patterns of reacting and how to use skills and increased awareness to more effectively manage emotionally triggering situations.
Emotion Regulation - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills II Through the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy-informed curricula, this group teaches patients how to recognize, understand, and regulate their emotions. The group encourages patients to become more familiar with their emotions and the ways in which emotions can communicate information to themselves and others.
Distress Tolerance and Mindfulness - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills III Using the Distress Tolerance curricula from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and relapse prevention frameworks, this group helps patients design plans for coping both in the short and long terms. This group helps patients link emotional triggers with concrete strategies to both prevent and reduce emotional and behavioral difficulties. Additionally, this group introduces patients to mindfulness topics that can help them build awareness of emotional states and help them to more effectively utilize skills overall.