BRIGHTON — Pennock Center for Counseling will be offering its first group Dialectical Behavior Therapy session to help adults cope with their emotions.
The 16-week group therapy class will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the counseling center, starting Sept. 26, and costs $5 each week.
DBT is designed to help individuals learn coping strategies through mindfulness, by regulating emotions, learning to tolerate distress in a healthy way and by having healthier relationships.
Director Jody Pierce said oftentimes life can be challenging and that everyone needs ways to cope with those challenges.
“It really helps people become more stable and steady, be able to function better in the world, (and) have better relationships,” she said.
Although Pierce said the tools learned in DBT are great for everyone, she said they would be particularly useful for adults with anxiety and depression, anger management, mood problems and those dealing with grief and loss.
Licensed Professional Counselor Rachel Morici said those attending the sessions will learn a number of coping tools and strategies, have the opportunity to practice them over the week and share their experiences with each other during their next session. She said the tools build on each other from week to week, starting with being mindful, then implementing them into the outside world and relationships.
DBT is one of three groups being offered through Pennock Center for Counseling this fall. A parenting and difficult topics course is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 25 and a grief support group will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, starting Oct. 10.
In order to participate in DBT, contact Rachel Morici at 303-655-9065, ext. 5. Pennock Center for Counseling is located at 211 S. 21st Avenue in Brighton.