The holidays are tough, even in the best of circumstances. The weather has changed. The days are shorter. Stores become madhouses. Traffic gets worse. While many people look forward to a few extra days off work and good food, others dread the social gatherings and feelings of isolation the holidays can bring. There’s something about the holidays that brings up difficult emotions for so many people: anxiety, sadness, grief, or anger. In addition to these emotions, some people are placed in circumstances where they are expected to attend social or family gatherings they may not feel prepared to face. Or perhaps they wish they had gatherings to attend, but have isolated themselves in such a way that those invitations don’t come. They might wish they could enjoy themselves more this time of year; that they could get into decorating or enjoy the things their peers seem to enjoy so much.
What if you had the opportunity to learn new ways to handle the holidays this year? What if you could get practical skills to apply in your day to day life to make this time of year more manageable and even enjoyable? This year, I am offering a group focused towards developing the skills needed to make it through the holidays in the best way possible. Group members will learn DBT skills specific to the circumstances one might face during the holiday season. The goal is to provide practical skills you can use to handle situations that may come your way this season, as well as an opportunity to practice these in a safe setting without fear of handling something in a way that makes it worse. This group provides a great introduction to DBT Skills Training for those who think it may be useful to them. It is geared towards those new to DBT, those in early substance abuse recovery, and those who need additional support through this season. This group begins November 15 at 7:00. It will run 7-8 weeks (the group will determine if it meets the Wednesday before Thanksgiving). For those who are interested in more in depth DBT Skills Training, a 16 week cycle will begin in January, and is a great way to expand on what you've learned in the Holiday Survival Skills Training Group.