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Group Psychotherapy

Several psychotherapy groups are also conducted at the DWC. These groups are all-deaf and are conducted in ASL by our sign-fluent therapists. Groups are dependent on an adequate number of participants and sometimes do not run when referrals are down.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT helps with the following problems:

  • Emotional outbursts
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Poor coping skills
  • Impulsivity
  • Poor interpersonal skills
  • People who have lots of crises

DBT groups meet for 90 minute sessions for a period of 9 weeks. Participants complete daily homework as part of the group to help apply and strengthen new coping skills. There are two levels of DBT groups offered at the DWC: a group that relies more on visual information and allows extra time for better comprehension and a group that is for individuals who are very comfortable with English and goes at a faster pace with less repetition.

Sexual Abuse Survivors Group

Sexual Abuse Survivors Group is a closed group for 4-6 women who have experienced sexual abuse either in childhood or adulthood. (New people cannot join a closed group once it has begun, until a new group is formed.) Group meetings last 90 minutes and continue for 8 - 12 weeks. A workbook is provided to assist in healing and skill building.

Social Skills Group

Social Skills Group is for adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Developmental Disabilities. It helps improve social skills and increase healthy coping skills.

Anger Management Group

Anger Management Group helps people reduce aggression and learn effective ways to cope with angry feelings. Participants are expected to complete homework as part of this 10 week group which meets for 60 minutes.

To learn more about group psychotherapy or to make an appointment to join one of our groups, call (585) 286-5041 VP answering machine or email DWC clinical services director, Dr. Amanda O'Hearn.