Our Adult DBT Program

  • Comprehensive DBT includes the following components: 
    • Weekly individual therapy
    • Phone coaching 7 days/week
    • Weekly DBT Skills Class
    • Weekly consultation group for all therapists on the DBT team
  • DBT Skills Class Only 
    • As an alternative to our Comprehensive DBT program, we open class enrollment to adults who are meeting regularly with a mental health provider outside of Clearwater. We ask that this provider actively supports this adjunctive DBT intervention. All adults interested in this option will need to participate in a pre-enrollment 50-minute intake appointment with the skills class instructor. The fee for this intake appointment is $250. We do not contract with insurance companies. We will provide participants with an invoice at the end of each module to submit for an out-of-network reimbursement.

Overview of DBT Skills Classes: 

  • DBT Skills Classes meet weekly. The curriculum is divided into three 8-week modules. It is strongly encouraged that adults complete the entire 24-week curriculum at least once, consistent with clinical research recommendations for optimal results. Class has a maximum of 13 participants. Cost for class is $100/week, paid in 8-week installments ($800) at the beginning of a module. The three modules are briefly summarized below:
    • Distress Tolerance: Crisis coping skills for high emotional distress
    • Emotion Regulation: Skills to increase emotional resilience, effective problem solving, and exposure techniques
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Increasing relationship effectiveness, self-advocacy, and skillful requesting
      • Core DBT Mindfulness Skills are woven into each module

Our DBT Skills classes fill up very quickly. If you interested in enrollment in an upcoming module, please submit an online inquiry right away. Our enrollment process (i.e., initial inquiry, paperwork completion, intake appointment, enrollment confirmation) can take up to 3 weeks. Please plan accordingly to provide enough time for all steps. 

Adult (25+ years old) DBT Skills Classes (In-person) with Erika Swanson, Ph.D & Casey Sasner, MFT

Class Time: Mondays from 10:00-11:45 am 

Upcoming Entry Dates: 

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: July 29, 2024
  • Distress Tolerance: Oct 7, 2024
  • Emotion Regulation: Dec 2, 2024

*** This class has a enrollment cap of 10 people***

Adult (25+ years old) DBT Skills Classes (Zoom) with Erika Swanson, Ph.D & Hannah Sabet, M.S.

Class Time: Tuesdays from 6:15-8:00 pm 

*** This class has a enrollment cap of 12 people***

Upcoming Entry Dates: 

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: July 30, 2024
  • Distress Tolerance: Oct 8, 2024
  • Emotion Regulation: Dec 3, 2024

Young Adult (18-24 years old) DBT Skills Classes (In-person in Orinda) with Karen Erickson, LMFT

Class Time: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 pm

Upcoming Entry Dates:

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: May 15th, 2024
  • Emotion Regulation: July 17th, 2024
  • Distress Tolerance: September 18th, 2024