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New group starting Fall 2022

Please carefully review the information here and contact me if you are interested!

  • Do you often feel overwhelmed by intense emotions?

  • When you’re overwhelmed, do you feel at a loss for how to improve your situation?

  • Do you find that when you’re feeling emotional that you act in ways that you later regret?

  • Do you want to improve your relationships with the people you are closest to or learn to have better relationships with others?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, DBT Skills may be a good fit for you!


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy combined with acceptance and mindfulness strategies that has been shown to be effective for treating many different types of mental health problems. People who benefit from DBT frequently experience problems with depression, anxiety, anger, posttraumatic stress, or problems in their relationships. The underlying goal of DBT is to help individuals build an authentic and fulfilling life by reducing their experience of suffering and increasing positive emotions and life experiences. DBT aims to accomplish these goals through teaching practical skills that can be used during highly stressful moments, interpersonal situations, and the everyday challenges of life. As a result of participating in DBT, individuals often feel a greater sense of control over their emotions and moods, as well as increased mindful awareness of their lives.


DBT Skills group meets for 2 hours each week. It is taught much like a course, where clients learn and practice skills in a supportive environment. There are four sets of skills in DBT Skills group:

  • Mindfulness Skills help people to be aware of and stay in the present moment, which is necessary when we want to effectively manage our emotions and live a fulfilling life.

  • Distress Tolerance and Reality Acceptance Skills help people to tolerate distressing emotions in the moment, so they can effectively manage difficult situations. Distress tolerance also helps people to learn and practice acceptance for things that cannot be changed.

  • Emotion Regulation Skills help people to manage the intensity in which they experience their emotions and to express their emotions in ways that feel appropriate to the individual.

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills help people to communicate with others more effectively to increase the likelihood of getting their needs met, as well as improving important relationships, while also feeling good about the way they interacted with the other person.

We ask group members to commit to a full course of DBT Skills group, which lasts for 28 weeks:

  • Module 1: Fall 2022 - 2 weeks of Mindfulness + 6 weeks of Distress Tolerance/Reality Acceptance

  • Module 2: Winter 2023 - 2 weeks of Mindfulness + 8 weeks of Emotion Regulation

  • Module 3: Spring 2023 - 2 weeks of Mindfulness + 8 weeks Interpersonal Effectiveness

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Our team shares a passion for helping people work through intense emotional pain to build the lives they want to live. We meet on a weekly basis to consult with one another to ensure that we are providing the best DBT possible. Our training has primarily focused on evidenced-based interventions that incorporate cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based perspectives, including DBT. We enjoy working together and with our group members, and importantly, we share a passion for cats.

We first worked as a DBT team for many years on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded randomized clinical trial, where we were the DBT Skills intervention therapists. Between the three of us, we have run and/or supervised DBT groups in residential treatment programs for substance abuse, community mental health agencies, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and in academic settings.  We’ve seen hundreds of group participants successfully complete the program and have witnessed the value that DBT Skills group can provide as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

For more information about our team:

Christina Gamache Martin, Ph.D. – Please click here for more information.

Candice Mottweiler, Ph.D. Please click here for more information.

Alexis Adams-Clark, M.S. – Alexis is in her final year of doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon. She has over four years of clinical experience providing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in both individual and group formats within the Eugene community. Along with her colleagues, she developed a new DBT Skill that we will teach in group. As a doctoral student, she also conducts research on the psychological and physical impacts of trauma.


DBT Skills group members are required to have an individual therapist throughout participation in DBT Skills group. Because skills group is taught like a course, we have found that our clients are better able to maximize the benefits of skills learned when they have an individual therapist to work with on their goals and discuss weekly stressors. We will need your permission to communicate with your individual therapist prior to your intake session and while you are participating in DBT Skills Training.


Intake Session: $200​

DBT Modules: 

Payment for DBT Skills group must be made in full prior to the start of each of the three modules. We do not bill insurance for DBT Skills group. If you would like to submit an invoice to your insurance company for reimbursement, we can provide you with a monthly invoice.

  • Module 1: Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance (8 weeks) - $800

  • Module 2: Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation (10 weeks) - $1000

  • Module 3: Mindfulness and Interpersonal Effectiveness (10 weeks) - $1000


Let us know you’re interested. Visit my contact page or Dr. Mottweiler’s website. We’ll schedule a free consultation call to talk about DBT Skills group with you, and if it is a good fit, we’ll get you added to our group list for the fall and discuss next steps.

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