DBT Informed Social Skills Training is designed for individuals who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or have related symptoms. The focus is on managing anxiety, reducing self-consciousness, and improving social skills. What skills are taught in DBT Informed Social Skills Training?
Mindfulness - Mindfulness is maintaining moment-to-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Through practice exercises you will learn how to manage anxiety and participate more fully in your life.
Distress Tolerance - When emotions feel out of control and threaten to overwhelm our ability to think and act in ways that are helpful, distress tolerance skills can help us manage emotions without making things worse. You will learn alternatives to problematic behaviors, how to increase self-regulation, and reduce cognitive inflexibility.
Emotion Regulation - When we don’t like how we feel or struggle to resolve problems, emotion regulation skills are essential. You will learn how to problem solve effectively, increase positive emotions, and reduce vulnerabilities to emotions and sensory sensitivities.
Interpersonal Effectiveness - Managing relationships and handling conflict can be challenging when we don’t have the right skills. You will learn how to improve relationship skills, engage in new activities, advocate for yourself, and ask or say no more effectively. Most importantly, you will learn how to take these skills out into the real world.
Why do we teach DBT Informed Social Skills? Research shows that DBT informed social skills can improve social interactions, reduce anxiety, and better prepare us for the world ahead. Reducing self-consciousness is at the heart of these skills, resulting in our ability to participate more fully in school, work, or relationships.
“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” Eckhart Tolle
How to Make an Appointment Complete an intake online or call 609-844-0452, extension 713 to schedule an intake. Most insurances are accepted.