Emotion Regulation Group

Wednesdays, 4:15pm to 5:45pm from February 3rd to April 28 (no groups on April 7th)

Many people struggle to manage emotions – not knowing what they’re feeling, or what to do with emotions that arise – and often turn to problem behaviours in attempts to cope with emotions (e.g. avoiding, lashing out at others, doing things that are self-destructive).


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that helps people who struggle with emotion dysregulation related to mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and addictions; as well as difficulties with anger, grief, shame, and other painful emotions. 


This 12 week-long DBT skills training group will teach participants skills to help: 


  • Reduce emotional pain by increasing awareness and acceptance of the present moment 

  • Endure intense emotions without making the situation worse

  • Identify, understand, and accept emotions, reduce emotional intensity, and improve problem-solving to promote planful responding rather than impulsive reacting

  • Improve relationships by setting healthier limits, problem-solving, and assertive communication 


Cost of Group:  $900 (includes a 30-minute assessment and group materials; receipt is provided upon payment for extended benefits or income tax purposes).


Sheri provides online monthly consultation groups for clinicians interested in developing their skills as DBT-informed therapists. Consultation groups will consist of a maximum of four participants, at a rate of $30 per person, with a minimum required commitment of four sessions.


Two group times are offered: first Thursday of the month from 10:00 - 11:00am ET, and second Thursday of the month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET.


If you would like to discuss this, or the option of individual supervision, please contact Sheri at


Due to the pandemic, there are currently no live events scheduled. For online training inquiries, please contact Sheri at


Calming The Emotional Storm: One-Day Presentation


A nice introduction to DBT theory (Biosocial Theory, Behavior Theory, and Dialectics) and skills, in this workshop you’ll learn about how DBT was developed, originally created to treat the more complex patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We’ll also discuss some of the key differences between DBT and traditional CBT; and you’ll learn some of the DBT skills, with an emphasis on using DBT to treat your clients experiencing emotion dysregulation related to mood and anxiety disorders (e.g. depression, bipolar disorder, social anxiety disorder, general anxiety disorder, OCD).



Calming The Emotional Storm: Two-Day Presentation


This interactive 2-day DBT workshop allows for more time spent on experiential exercises to help you develop a more in-depth understanding of the DBT theories and skills, and you’ll learn more about mindfulness and how we use it to facilitate changes in the brain in order to lead to healing and positive change. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to view video of real sessions as Sheri works with clients using DBT to treat a variety of problems related to emotion dysregulation.


Calming The Emotional Storm: Three-Day Presentation


The 3-day DBT workshop provides a nice mix of didactic and experiential learning to develop and enhance your understanding of the DBT theories and skills, and how they can be applied to a variety of mental health problems. You’ll see video of Sheri working with real clients and will have ample opportunity to discuss how you would apply this new knowledge to your own challenging clients. Participants will also be encouraged throughout the 3-day workshop to bring the DBT skills into their own personal and professional lives, including working with their team-members and colleagues from new perspectives, and how, in doing so, clinicians can reduce their own feelings of ineffectiveness and burn-out.

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