Individual and Couple Sessions Currently Online Only
Offering a welcoming, receptive Presence, I am deeply committed to supporting people in the awareness that cultivates living in and from the inherent wisdom within each of us, which guides the shift from living in the tensions that perpetuate misery in life and relationships, into Being Here, in the ever-present moment, at ease, in Wholeness, no matter what.
For more information, please feel welcome to send a message via the contact page or call 831-609-9083.
Living Wisdom: Exploring Mindfulness and the DBT Skills Currently Online Only
Living Wisdom is a weekly online discussion drawing upon Mindfulness practices and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a mindfulness-based behavioral change program that supports learning how to tolerate distress and regulate emotions while maintaining and strengthening relationships, no matter what is happening in Life. It's not simply talking and thinking about skills conceptually, it's about living in the skills rather than problems.
Living Wisdom is an open-group with the primary purpose of making the DBT skills more accessible in our community. Each class will begin with a 10-minute guided mediation (supporting mindfulness practice), followed by the teaching of and discussion about DBT concepts and skills that support living wisely.
Cost is $35 per one-hour group.
While there is no required orientation to the group at this time, it's highly recommended that interested participants unfamiliar with DBT meet with Jared for an introduction to the principles and core concepts of DBT, which will also allow an opportunity to get a sense of how Jared connects and teaches.
If you would like to be added to an email with a link to the session, please contact Jared via the contact page or call 831-609-9083.
Please note, while I have expertise in teaching DBT Skills, this weekly session is not and cannot be considered a DBT program. The evidenced-based "standard" DBT program must include the following four components: individual therapy, group skills training, in-between session coaching and weekly team consultation meetings.
For a brief description about DBT, please continue reading below. Also, following is a link to the pdf for the DBT handouts and worksheets:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a mindfulness-based behavioral change model combining cognitive-behavioral therapy from western psychology with eastern philosophy, teaches how to experience emotions, relationships, and distress in effective in meaningful ways. These specialized classes can be useful for people looking to build upon their effectiveness in, and improve their quality of life.
DBT skills help people cope better with: • Strong reactivity to stress • Difficulty controlling and letting go of emotions • Relationship disharmony • Self-doubt • Mood-driven and Impulsive Behaviors • Intense fear of abandonment, rejection • Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Grief Issues • Substance misuse
DBT skills training modules, with Mindfulness skills at the core, are: Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Mindfulness skills focus on Awareness and Presence in life, in the ever-present moment, Here. Mindfulness supports diminishing the habit of judging, which includes blaming and complaining, as well as decreasing unwanted, prolonged worries about the future and depressive thoughts about the past.
Distress Tolerance skills concentrate on accepting the current reality, as it Is, and finding ways to survive and tolerate the moment without making things worse. While all the modules focus on "creating a life worth living", distress tolerance skills teach how to avoid tearing apart our life.
Emotion Regulation skills help us notice and label current emotions, identify obstacles to changing emotions, reduce emotional reactivity and accumulate positive emotions. Interpersonal Effectiveness skills teach us how to think and act dialectally, and to better identify and more effectively ask for what we need and want, set limits, and resolve interpersonal conflict while enhancing relationships.