DBT Skills Groups

DBT skills training is a major component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (although not the only component). At MCCC we offer weekly 2-hour DBT skills groups that cover the core curriculum of the 4 DBT modules. This is what DBT research has shown to be most successful. In every 2-hour group meeting, clients will:

  • review skills practice from last week’s lesson
  • learn new skills from the curriculum
  • practice new skills through an age appropriate experiential activity
  • and be assigned homework to practice skills between group sessions

For more information about DBT skills groups in general check out these articles!

DBT Curriculum Modules Are Offered On A Rotating Basis

cycle of dbt skills training modules. Begin online DBT skills group in maryland, online DBT skills group in Virginia, and online DBT skills group in Washington DC today with Montgomery County Counseling Center today.

We teach each one of the 4 curriculum modules in a 6-week session. We STRONGLY* advise you plan to participate in 4 consecutive sessions in order to learn all of the skills in the entire curriculum.

*Research shows that the best clinical outcomes happen when clients learn a full set of skills. For some, it may be necessary to have two full rotations.

Entry Points are at the beginning of each 6-week module

We run groups on an ongoing, rotating basis. You can join in, or opt-out, in between any 6-week session. All we ask is for a minimum commitment of 6-weeks at a time.

The cost for a 6-week session is $1200. It is charged in 2 installments: half to reserve your spot and half when the group begins.

We offer four co-ed cohorts so clients of any age can learn these important emotional and relational life skills!

 ChildrenTeensYoung AdultsAdults
Age11-1314-1819-2425 +
Day & TimeTuesday
4-6pm EST
5-7pm EST
4-6pm EST
6-8pm EST
Location &
Rockville Office
open to all
Rockville Office
open to all
Virtual Meeting
MD & DC residents
Virtual Meeting
MD & VA residents
Group LeaderAllie GasbarroAllie GasbarroCarolyn HoffmanSarah Jameson
Entry Dates
Aug 9
Sept 27
Nov 15
Aug 11
Sept 29
Nov 17
Aug 11
Sept 29
Nov 17
Aug 9
Sept 27
Nov 19

DBT Skills Group for Children (11-13)

The group leader Allie Gasbarro is a pro at engaging kids! She is trained in DBT-C which is DBT for Children! Her curriculum is made intentionally to teach self-regulation concepts. She does this through games, activities, and demonstrations. The goal is to teach skills while engaging kids in age-appropriate socialization.

A parent should plan to stay in the nearby area. You don’t need to wait in our office, however, a parent should be available in the event that we need your help to pick up your child for some reason. We do not have staff on site who can watch them outside of group.

DBT skills group for teens (14-17)

Teens are having an especially hard time right now due to ongoing impacts of covid. The world is a scary place. This group is a great way for teens to be exposed to others who are having similar struggles and learn ways to navigate those very struggles. This provides validation in not being alone with their pain. Clients in this group have a range of diagnoses all rooted in emotions (depression, anxiety, bipolar, adjustment disorder, etc).

Ally Gasbarro has developed a stellar curriculum to engage teens. She balances planned activities and structured conversations. This helps teach the skills in an engaging way while maintaining the appropriate conversation.

A parent should plan to stay in the nearby area. You don’t need to wait in our office, however, a parent should be available in the event that we need your help to pick up your child for some reason. We do not have staff on site who can watch them outside of group.

DBT skills group for young adults (19-24)

Group members in this group are generally adults who are either still living at home or navigating the very early stages of independent living. At this age, clients are often figuring out how to balance their own emotions while also meeting external expectations (parents, higher education, work bosses, etc). The goal of teaching skills to this cohort is to help clients walk a balance between independence and seeking help when they truly need it.

Carolyn Hoffmann excels at providing therapy to the young adult population. She has a unique way of fostering conversion such that clients don’t feel “other than”, no matter what their current living, working, or family situations may be. Peer feedback and accountability at this age are especially useful for growth. We will teach DBT skills in such a way that allows group participants to learn from each other as much as they do from us.

DBT skills group for adults (25+)

Adults who seek DBT skills have likely been struggling with emotion regulation for many years. Maybe, regular therapy hasn’t been enough. This cohort consists of adults living independently. These adults may experience a range of emotional patterns from repression to over-expression. These intense emotions impact their quality of life, ability to succeed at work, and especially your quality of relationships.

Sarah Jameson will teach DBT skills in a way that allows participants to envision and practice using them in whatever context of life fits most. This could be work, family, or even just internal discomfort. Participants will learn to balance coping with their emotions and either preventing or changing their circumstances. This helps them learn to balance the many complex aspects of their mental health and emotional challenges.

What Clients Are Saying About DBT Skills Group

“Kristen was a fantastic teacher and I looked forward to every class each week, even if it was two hours long. She used real life examples and pushed us to think outside the box for how to use and apply these skills in every day life. The knowledge I gained is unmatched and I am so happy I now know more about DBT.”

“I was firmly convinced DBT wasn’t for me. I have never been more happy to be proven wrong! [I benefited from] having my struggles validated by the other group members. I love the variety of activities in a two hour session too.”

Join a DBT Skills Group in Maryland, Virginia, or DC

  1. Contact our DMV area counseling clinic 
  2. Have a 15-20 minute free consultation call
  3. Enroll in the next DBT skills module available and work on skills to improve your mental and relational health

Other Services Offered at Montgomery Counseling Center in Rockville, MD and Olney, MD

DBT sounds great, but it isn’t quite what you want…

DBT is a mindset and a way of life. If it’s not for you, that’s okay. We weave these themes into all of our therapy services in Rockville, MD which is near Washington DC. Our counseling approach doesn’t have to be 100% DBT. In fact, you can still benefit from the wide variety of mental health services our therapists offer.

Our services include parent coachingfamily therapy, teen therapy, child therapy, adult therapy, and couples counseling. We also offer an online parenting class for parents of struggling teens or young adults. Due to COVID-19, we are offering an online support group for college students, and an Aspiring to Allyship in Anti-Racism group. Also, some of our clinicians provide supervision opportunities for mental health professionals seeking their professional license. Right now we are offering all our services via online therapy in Maryland, online therapy in Virginia, and online therapy in Washington DC. Reach out to our therapy clinic to learn more about the many ways we can help you or your family heal and thrive.