Frequently Asked Questions

Do you only do DBT?

No! While all of our therapists are intensively trained in DBT they do practice from various modalities dependent on client needs and treatment goals (Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Humanistic, etc.). Several of our clinicians are also trained in EMDR, Prolongued Exposure Therapy and Mentalisation Based Therapy. We encourage you to look through our therapists' bios to find the therapist which you feel is the best suited fit. Click here to explore our other services!


What is mindfulness?

The concept of mindfulness goes as far back as Guatama Buddha's teachings, from more than 2,500 years ago. In more recent years, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. has popularized mindfulness in the United States through his research on mindfulness in chronic medical illnesses. Mindfulness practice is a nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is. Paying attention to the state of paying attention. Research has shown practicing mindfulness regularly decreased the body's response to stress. Click here to learn more about DBT skills!


When is the next skills class module? How do I register?

Check out our skills class page for the most up to date information on skills class offerings and schedules. To register online, click here!


How is skills class different than group therapy?

DBT skills class is based on teaching skills relating to the four modules of DBT (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness). The class is taught in a lecture format. In contrast, group therapy is based on sharing thoughts and feelings, frequently referred to as a “process group,” since you are processing your emotions. Although participants share some limited personal information, DBT skills group is not a process group. DBT skills class can sometimes bring up strong emotions surrounding the client and their experiences and although these emotions and experiences are valid and important, the time in DBT class is focused on learning new skills. Clients are encouraged to process these experiences and emotions with their individual therapists.


How long are classes?

Classes meet once a week for 90 minutes. Each module consists of nine classes. At Peachtree DBT we offer three modules, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Mindfulness is taught the first two weeks of every module and practiced during each class.


What is a diary card?

A diary card is a tool used in DBT for the client and therapist to gain an overview of the client's week. Diary cards assist the client in learning about themselves, their emotions, urges, behaviors, and triggers that affect them.


Are there any books you recommend reading before attending classes?

Please see our Suggested Reading