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DBT Skills Group

DBT Skills Group for Individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder above 18 years of age undergoing treatment with a professional therapist and/ or psychiatrist

Only For Folks With A Borderline Personality
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  • Fees Type: Paid
  • Medium:
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  • City: Online Only
  • Facilitated By: Mix of Professionals and Peers
  • Languages: English, and Hindi (English might be the primary language for this group)
  • Meets: Twice Monthly
  • Participant Limit: 20
  • What Is DBT Skills Group About?
    The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group is for individuals clinically diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or EUPD. It is first of its kind in India. In the first session, Ms. Arti will teach a DBT Skill and how to use it. In the second session, the skill shall be discussed, how it was used, what were the problem areas, how can one navigate the the problems, psycho education, how did it help, how can it be used in every day life etc.
  • What is your founding story?
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Marsha Linehan is widely used in the West to treat clients with BPD. It is a skill based modality. In India, however very few therapists are trained in DBT. We were lucky to find Nyana who gave us the idea of DBT Skills Group and find Arti who is trained in DBT. It thus became our mission to provide services pan India so no one has to miss out on such an important aspect of healing. It is not group therapy, therapy, psychiatry but a skills group where skills will be taught. It is mandatory to have a Mental Health Professional, be diagnosed with BPD and be 18years or above to be eligible for the service.
  • Who are the facilitators behind DBT Skills Group?

    The facilitators are Maheema Misra and Milana Prakash, both diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder with other comorbidities. They ensure the logistical planning, protocols etc. In this DBT Skills Group she will teach, deliver DBT Skills and maintain safety of the group apart from ensuring the protocols are in place.

    Arti’s profile- The mental health professional delivering and teaching these skills is Ms. Arti Shroff, psychologist specialized in Clinical Psychology. She is trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – an evidence and research based approach and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Arti works with individuals who experience a variety of psychological issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Mood and Personality disorders. She has conducted numerous workshops and talks for different organizations and is active in building awareness and eradicating the stigma on mental health issues through various outreach initiatives. She is an avid reader and writer who has authored numerous articles for various media portals such as Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, Free Press Journal, BBC India.

    Notes: The above information may change from time to time, and is shared with you to understand the background of where the support group comes from.
  • When was your support group founded? How has the journey been since then?
    Our first DBT Skills Group session will be conducted this February 5, 2022 and we look forward to more fruitful, healing sessions.
  • Who is your support group for?
    DBT Skills Group for Individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder above 18 years of age undergoing treatment with a professional therapist and/ or psychiatrist.
  • Explain your group's approach towards helping a person's mental health care.
    We hope and believe that mental health is not a first world crisis. It is here and now in every aspect and sphere of our lives. It has hence become more important to provide access to services that are accessible, affordable and available with quality and precision. We hope that unlike us, who had to create a community, create support, people have that already established for them. We hope getting help for a diagnosis like BPD is not a hurricane o a task or traumatizing. We believe in transparency, inclusivity, strict support from external mental health professionals. What we essentially mean is we want to create an eco system of support where people can get support and the help they need when they need it.
  • What is your group's approach towards professional mental health care interventions?
    Both Arti and Maheema are trained suicide first responders. However, we do not assume responsibility beyond the session. We can provide with external helplines that may offer support during crisis but we are not a diagnosis or therapy giving platform. We do not recommend people to professionals since it is mandatory in the first place to have a mental health professional to be a art of the DBT Skills Group.
  • What conversations is your support group not equipped to support?
    While we are open to different conversations, we do not entertain abusive or derogatory language or breech of confidentially or any mandatory rules that a person fills during the intake.
  • How does one sign up? What’s the coordination process like?

    We currently meet over Google Meet, as we grow we plan on buying a Zoom account so we can support people in the best way possible.

    To sign up, one must ensure the following: -Clinical diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder -18 years or above of age -Signed and stamped letter from mental health professional consenting that the individual is eligible for DBT Skills Group. -Individual must be under the care of a mental health professional at all times.

    There are only 20 slots for a month. The registration process is as follows- -Email us if you are interested in the DBT Skills Group. -We will send you a UPI Id or Bank Account details where you shall pay INR 500 -Send us a screenshot of the payment -We shall send you an intake form which is mandatory to fill to be a part of the DBT Skills Group.

  • Walk us through the average format of your group session.
    Part A- As the session starts, we introduce Arti and open the floor for ice breaking moments. Arti then teaches the group a DBT Skill The floor is then open for any queries followed by body work or grounding. Part B- Everyone who attended the first session discussed with the moderators and MHP how they used the skill, where did difficulties or hiccups arise, what were the eureka moments, how did it help, how to navigate through problems in every day life. Closing with a song or a grounding technique.
  • What are your home rules/values?

    The home rules are to show up for oneself first. -We do not encourage and assume responsibility of any communication or relationship outside of the session. -Confidentiality is of essence. -Use of Trigger Warnings is important.

    • If something difficult comes up for the individual, inform the MHP and take a breather or exit the group.
    • You must reach out to a crisis helpline or your mental health professional or nearest hospital in case you are unsafe or in crisis.
    • Do not advice or be containers of other individuals if you are not in the headspace.
    • Having a therapist/ psychiatrist is mandatory.
    • One must be 18 years or above of age.
    • Use of derogatory or abusive language, intent or any action verbal or non verbal must be avoided. -Empathy and support is of vital importance.
    • This is not group therapy or therapy but a skills group where DBT Skills will be taught.
    • In case of demise of any member due to any reason, one must respect the family’s wishes and needs and not share anything on social media.
    • Promotion of any nature unless relevant to BPD or DBT is prohibited.
  • What do you hope for participants in your group to take back with them after a session?
    We hope that the participants can learnt DBT Skills that can help them in their life struggles with BPD especially like distress tolerance, radical acceptance, interpersonal relationships etc. We hope that this is a safe space for you and you make it for others as well.

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