Developing Balanced Travels (DBT) Group | The Village Family Service Center

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Developing Balanced Travels (DBT) Group

Our emotions, relationships, coping skills, and awareness of our available options all play a role in finding our path. The Developing Balanced Travels (DBT) Group is about finding our way back to a more stable path and living the life we want to live.

The DBT Group focuses on four main modules: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance. There is both an ongoing group and a recurring 12-week group.

The group is designed to be educational in nature, with various skills being taught each week. Time is allowed to discuss how to personalize the skills for each group member’s unique situations. People may choose to take part in individual sessions in conjunction with the group, allowing them a more private, in-depth review of how to use skills effectively.

Developing Balanced Travels is an adaptation of the original Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based approach designed to help individuals build a life they felt was worth living. Developing Balanced Travels is evidence-supported and has been found to help people with a number of struggles, including depression, anxiety, anger, relationship problems, low self-esteem, personality disorders, and ineffective communication patterns.

The facilitator for both groups is Ruth M. Denton-Graber, MS, LPCC, LMFT, DBTC. She is recognized by the National Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certification and Accreditation Association as a certified DBT provider. She is the first person in the state of North Dakota to be recognized as DBT Certified. She co-facilitates the groups with Village Therapist John Lyon, MSW, LICSW, and EAP Counselor Darren Carter, MS, M.Ed., LAPC, NCC.

DBT Group meets weekly at The Village Family Service Center, 1201 25th St. S., Fargo. Most insurances are accepted. To register, call Kim Armbrust at 701-451-4900 or contact us online.

Read the DBT Brochure


People sit in a circle, like they do during group.