12-week course on Thursdays 17:00-18:30 starting 19.10.2023. 35€/session paid in 4-week blocks. Preceded by free 20-minute consultation for those interested. Lead by Jenine Simons and Adja Nixon.

DBT encourages us to accept and change, but not suppress, difficult emotions, and to increase positive emotions.  During the DBT group sessions, we will practice skills such as emotion regulation, effective connection and communication with others, mindfulness and distress tolerance. As opposed to talking through problems, DBT’s focus is on identifying external triggers to distressing feelings and learning healthier coping responses.  We will gently and safely explore your thoughts and emotions, and where in your body you feel your emotions. We will investigate the interpretations of events that bring about distressing emotions, and how in turn these affect the type and quality of thinking. We will do this in small incremental steps, always checking you are comfortable with the process. 

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy that combines behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based practice and acceptance-based philosophy and practice. Research has shown DBT to be especially effective for clients struggling with impulsivity, self-harming tendencies and difficulties in regulating their emotions, such as those with borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT has also been used to treat clients with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders and ADHD, who have symptoms functionally similar to BPD.

DBT is not recommended for individuals with intellectual disabilities nor with treatment resistant psychotic disorders. Individuals who are unable to control open hostility toward others are also not suitable for these group sessions.

I, Jenine Simons, am a medical doctor with experience in psychiatry and I will be leading the weekly DBT-group on Thursdays with co-leader Adja Nixon, a psychology graduate, who has been working at Compass as an intern since February 2023. This group will run for 1.5 hours at 17:00-18:30 for 12 weeks, starting Thursday 19.10. The Group size is maximum 11 and the price is 35€ per session, which is paid in 4-week blocks. Anyone interested in the DBT group work will have a free 20 min consultation call with me, to help ensure this group work is a good fit for you.

You will be able to sign-up for this course on the Compass Psychology website from the beginning of September. You can submit your e-mail address below if you would like to be notified when sign-ups open. Your email will not be used for any other purposes.

Sign-ups for this group have closed. If you are interested in joining after the start date, please contact Jenine at jenine@compasspsychology.fi to enquire.

DBT Group Leaders

Jenine Simons
Adja Nixon