Services Offered

Family and Friends Consultation
One time or as needed consultation and coaching to help families and supports take care of themselves while identifying and maintaining flexible limits to improve and sustain important relationships with loved ones with disorders of emotional dysregulation.

Family and Friends Skills Training Workshop (Full or Half Day)
This workshop is recommended as a starting point for family and friends and aims to provide you with essential DBT skills that you can immediately apply to your particular need. Sharing life with an emotionally sensitive family member can be challenging. Family and friends often feel at a loss to know how to manage their own feelings while caring for their sensitive loved one. This workshop is a substantial introduction to skills that can help break the negative emotional patterns that prompt criticism, self-blame or defensiveness in our relationships.  Families and friends learn about emotional dysregulation and discuss high-risk behavior and learn how to more effectively support their loved one. This workshop will help participants feel less isolated and get connected to more resources for support.

Individualized Coaching: for Parents, Siblings and Other Supports
“COACHING” is the way that DBT refers to teaching clients how to use skills in their real life environments.

In a coaching session, specific issues, concerns, and feelings associated with living with and or supporting an emotionally sensitive person are discussed. Families and supports of individuals with mental illness may find their lives overwhelmed with the needs of the person with emotion dysregulation. This may have a serious impact on their quality of life.

Supports will learn practical strategies and skills for managing life more effectively in a difficult relationship.

Coaching sessions occur in an environment without blame or judgment. Although this is not “Individual DBT Therapy,” Lisa teaches the specific DBT skills, using handouts and practice, that will help family members and supports be more effective in the particular situations they describe.

These sessions are tailored to the individual and unique needs of each person who attends.

It is often most effective for several coaching sessions to occur after the initial session so the DBT principles and skills can be learned and understood and so strategies can be developed.

For some, one or two sessions may meet their needs and others may opt for more.