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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

  • RICBT 400 Massasoit Avenue East Providence, RI, 02914 United States (map)


You may feel disconnected from your feelings, or you may feel overwhelmed by intense emotions. Both ways of experiencing emotions can cause major difficulties when facing life’s many challenges. You may end up trying to cope in ways that make life worse in the long run, like using substances, lashing out at others, self-injuring, or overeating.

DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., to help give people skills to manage their emotions and their lives more effectively. In our DBT group, you will learn many skills in the four categories of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. These skills help you to identify and manage your emotions, participate fully in the present moment, tolerate difficult situations, and improve interactions with your friends, family, and colleagues.

The group is organized into two parts, 12 weeks each, and meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. You are encouraged but not required to participate in both parts. In the fall, we will cover the distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness modules, and in the spring we will cover the mindfulness and emotion regulation modules.


400 Massasoit Ave, East Providence, RI 02914

Dates & Times

Wednesdays, 5:30PM - 7:00PM and 7:00PM - 8:30PM


Tuition is $600 for 12 weeks. 
Receive 10% off for paying tuition in full at the time of registration, or tuition can be split into weekly payments of $60.

In Network Insurances:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Tufts
  • Consolidated Health Plans (CHP)

Group Therapist

Dr. Heather Schatten is a psychologist at the group practice RICBT in East Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Schatten leads a DBT group therapy program at RICBT. Her groups serve as a supplement to individual therapy, and she happily refers her clients to individual therapists if needed.

Dr. Schatten specializes in treating the emotion dysregulation underlying personality disorders (especially borderline personality disorder), depression, anxiety, and self-harm. Her DBT group focuses on skills acquisition, and she teaches mindfulness practices, emotion regulation tools, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. Her groups include practical skills-based exercises, and participants are given homework in order to maximize time outside of session.

In her groups, Dr. Schatten works with young adults, college students, and adults.