What is group therapy?
Group therapy is a chance for you and a group of your peers to work with one or two licensed professionals for the purposes of acquiring new skills, connecting with and learning from others who may share similar experiences, and healing from your struggles. Our groups may consist of anywhere from three to 10 participants, and they are organized around a topic or treatment modality. Participating in group therapy can provide you with normalization around emotions, thoughts, or situations that you might be experiencing, as it is likely that other participants in your group have experienced similar things. Participants can learn from one another, as well as from the licensed professionals leading the group.

How can I go about choosing a group therapy program?
If you are already working with an individual therapist, we encourage you and your therapist to review the descriptions below of the group therapy programs offered at Gateway Wellness Associates, LLC. You and your therapist can discuss which group therapy program seems like it might be most beneficial for you at this time. We would then encourage you to contact us here, and we will call you to discuss enrolling in a group.

If you do not have an individual therapist, and after reviewing the group offerings below, you are not sure which would be the best fit for your needs, please reach out to us here, and we will contact you to schedule a phone consultation. Please note that some of our groups, particularly our DBT skills groups, will require you to be in individual therapy along with group therapy, as this is what the research suggests will lead you to the greatest benefits. 

Most of our groups require interested participants to complete a consultation or intake prior to beginning the group.

Group Therapy Offerings at Gateway Wellness Associates
DBT Skills Group (ages 26+): Mondays 4:00-5:30 PM or Wednesdays 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
DBT is a comprehensive program including individual therapy and skills classes to assist participants in acquiring techniques to improve their ability to stay in the present moment, handle stress, cope with painful emotions and heal relationships. It is an evidence-based, clinically proven treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Impulse-Control issues like substance abuse and eating disorders. Classes are taught in 4 modules: Core Mindfulness (6 weeks), Distress Tolerance (6 weeks), Emotion Regulation (6 weeks), and Interpersonal Effectiveness (6 weeks). Each weekly class session is 90 minutes and the cost is $40 per session. Out-of-network insurance benefits may offset costs. These skills groups are offered by St. Louis DBT, LLC. Interested in joining a DBT Skills Group? Contact St. Louis DBT at info@stldbt.com or 314-932-7415.

DBT for Young Adults (ages 17-25): Fridays 3:30-5:00 PM
Our DBT for Young Adults Group is designed specifically with the needs of those transitioning from adolescence to adulthood in mind. We recognize that the combination of emotional sensitivity, social vulnerability and changes in performance expectations can lead to intensified anxiety and depression. We want to provide techniques for navigating this phase of life successfully. Participants in this group may be struggling with some of the following: 

  • Experiencing roller coaster relationships
  • Finding it difficult to balance coursework and a social life
  • Feeling overwhelmed by emotions followed by numbing out
  • Struggling with thoughts of suicide, impulses to engage in risky behavior, or a desire to drop out of school, work, or life
  • Engaging in self-harming or emotionally impulsive behaviors

Classes are taught in 4 modules: Core Mindfulness (6 weeks), Distress Tolerance (6 weeks), Emotion Regulation (6 weeks), and Interpersonal Effectiveness (6 weeks). Each weekly class session is 90 minutes and the cost is $40 per session. Out-of-network insurance benefits may offset costs. This skills group is offered by St. Louis DBT, LLC. Interested in joining DBT for Young Adults? Contact St. Louis DBT at info@stldbt.com or 314-932-7415.


DBT for High Conflict and Distant Couples: Thursdays 6:15-8:15 PM

DBT equips participants with skills and tools to turn their relationships around. Historically, DBT skills groups have been offered primarily for individuals. Now, couples can learn and benefit from DBT as well in DBT for High Conflict and Distant Couples skills group. Based on Alan Fruzzetti's research-based approach, this group focuses on relationship goals and teaches only the DBT skills needed to achieve those goals. Participants will receive a copy of "The High Conflict Couple: A DBT Guide to Finding Peace, Intimacy & Validation," by Alan Fruzzetti with foreword by Marsha Linehan. In 12 weekly two-hour sessions starting September 15 and ending December 1, participants will learn to:

  •   Understand the role of emotion in relationships
  •   Accept each other for who they are
  •   Stop making things worse
  •   Be genuinely together when they spend time together
  •   Express what they mean accurately
  •   Validate each other
  •   Recover from a history of invalidation
  •   Negotiate solutions 

​The cost to attend is $75 per couple, per session. Documentation will be provided for out-of-network reimbursement. This skills group is offered by St. Louis DBT, LLC. Interested in joining DBT for High Conflict and Distant Couples? Contact St. Louis DBT at info@stldbt.com or 314-932-7415.


Advanced DBT Skills Group: Time/Day TBD

Individuals who have completed at least one full round of a DBT Skills Group will come together in the 16-week Advanced DBT Skills Group to continue skill learning and application. This group will be heavily peer-led, with an emphasis on delving deeper into skills learning, applying skills to real-life situations, problem solving, and role playing. The time and dates of this group are to-be-determined, based on the availability of interested participants. This skills group is offered by St. Louis DBT, LLC. Interested in joining the Advanced DBT Skills Group? Contact St. Louis DBT at info@stldbt.com or 314-932-7415.

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