Experiential Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills

DBT SKills

Tired of the up and down emotions? 

Feel like there's always an emotional rollercoaster?

Impulsive decisions causing consequences?

Too much drama in your or your child's life (or yours)? 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills are very effective skills to help people live a life worth living. We have experience in doing DBT skills groups since 2009.  We are one of the leading DBT skills groups providers in the Twin Cities and have 2 facilitators leading each group.  We are creative and experiential in the way we do our groups!  DBT skills can help with difficulty regulating emotions, decrease dangerous behaviors, improve communication, making more wise and effective choices, increase awareness to create behavioral change, tolerating distress, and confidence.  Click here to learn how to use validation.


DBT Goals are accomplished through these four modules:

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Distress Tolerance


Many of our therapists work collaboratively to facilitate Experiential DBT Skills Groups for teenage girls, teenage boys and adult men & women. New members can start throughout the 6-7 months.  You do not have to wait until a new round starts.  We would have new members start on a day that would be comfortable to join in the middle of a group.

Goals of DBT Skills Group:

  • Increase Mindfulness
  • Improve Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Learn Emotion regulation skillsDBT Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Groups in Rogers and Buffalo MN
  • Increase Distress tolerance abilities
  • Balance of coping with emotions and solutions
  • Processing of internal and external information
  • Balance of feelings and behaviors
  • Attend to current, near future and distant future


What is Experiential?

Experiential means that we teach the skills experientially and hands on during the group time to increase the effectiveness of learning the skills. We use worksheets, videos, mindfulness practices, and different activities to teach the skills. Some are equine therapy with horses, we bring in expert painting teachers, yoga and others that help to increase learning with real life experience.


Current Groups:


  •     Adolescent Girls Age 13 - 17 Mondays 4:00 - 5:30pm faciliated by Rebekah
  •     Evening Group Adult Women - Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00pm faciliated by Rebekah and Tasha.
  •     Adolescent Girls Age 13 - 17 Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00pm facilitated by Breanna, and Allie
  •     To be added to a boys group waiting list, please call 763-291-5505.


  •     Adolescent Co-Ed age 13 - 17 Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:30pm faciliated by Breanna and Gina
  •     Adolescent Girls age 13 - 17 Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30pm facilitated by Breanna and Gina and Sarah
  • Ready for something more?? Try our Teen BOLD™ Group in Buffalo summer 2019! This is group based on the research by Dr. Brené Brown. Teens will explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. They will learn how to move toward more authentic and wholehearted living. We are hoping to launch another Teen BOLD Group soon!

Lino Lakes

  •     Adolescent Co-Ed 13-17 Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30pm- On Hold
  •     Adolescent Girls age 13 - 17 Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00pm  facilitated by Rachel and Jennifer
    •     Evening Adult Women - Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30pm - facilitated by Vanessa and Kelsey - FULL - Call to get added to the waiting list



Who Could Attend:

Adult Women & Men, Adolescent girls age 13-17 and Parents will be invited to attend monthly, Adult women's group does not have parent night.



Medical Assistance (MA) Accepted, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Partners, Preferred One, Behavioral Health Care Providers (UCare, Fairview, Patient Choice), Medica, we DO NOT take Medicare, Out-of-Network Insurance Benefits available and Sliding Scale Fee for Service 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 763-291-5505 to register.

Speaking: If you or your organization is interested in learning more about DBT, we will come to your location to educate about DBT skills.  There are also many great places that offer DBT Skills training as well.  

Group Supervisor: Breanna Heintzelman, MA, LMFT is our group supervisor. If you have any questions about groups outside of what we offer on our website, please call or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 320-266-6170. She is available to discuss any contracts with schools, organizations, or outside opportunitites. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

DBT was developed by Marsha M. Linehan to treat people with borderline personality disorder.  Research shows that it is also effective to treat people who have difficulty with regulating moods and emotions including self-injury.  The four modules of DBT are: mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.  Bridging Hope Counseling Offers DBT groups.  Learning and refining skills for changing behavioral, emotional and thinking patterns associated with problems in living or that cause negative consequences, distress or misery.

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