DBT Skills Group for Young Adults2024-06-28T16:42:15+00:00

DBT Skills Group for Young Adults

DBT Skills Group for Young Adults

Let’s tackle relationship challenges and emotional roller coasters together!

Let’s tackle relationship challenges and emotional roller coasters together!

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a proven therapeutic approach that equips participants with valuable skills to enhance emotional regulation, build interpersonal effectiveness, and foster mindfulness. We have tailored this group to address the unique challenges that college students often face, including academic pressures, transitioning into adulthood, and managing relationships.

  • Virtual Accessibility: Our group sessions are held online, making it convenient for students to participate from the comfort of their own space.

  • Trained Facilitators: Our experienced therapists specialize in DBT and are committed to creating a supportive and nurturing environment.

  • Skills Training: Participants will learn essential DBT skills to improve emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness.

  • Peer Support: Engage with a community of like-minded college students who are on a journey of personal growth and well-being.

  • Confidential and Safe Space: We prioritize the privacy and emotional safety of all participants.

Benefits for College Students/Young adults:

  • Improved stress management: Equip your students with effective tools to manage the demands of college life.

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills: Strengthen communication and build healthier relationships.

  • Increased self-awareness: Foster mindfulness and emotional intelligence.

  • A sense of community: Connect with peers facing similar challenges and share experiences.

  • No additional burden: No weekly therapy homework, and a group calendar that works with college class breaks.

Together, we will gain practical skills to navigate unique challenges experienced in early adulthood. Take the first step toward a brighter future by reaching out today.

The full program is 14 weeks.


Consider this group if you are an adult in Virginia experiencing chaotic relationships, difficulty managing your emotions, and/or have problematic behaviors as a result of intense emotions.


Virtually on Mondays from 6:00-7:30pm


Zoom (HIPAA-compliant version)


$145 per sessions (participants must commit to the full 8-week module)

Registration and Inquiries

Contact the group facilitators:

Vanessa Cheshier, LCSW, 571-324-2658

Jenny Stevens, LPC, 804-537-2536

A 55-minute intake session ($170) must be scheduled prior to joining.

This group may be used as an adjunct to existing individual therapy. Though individual therapy is not a requirement for enrollment, it may be recommended based on individual needs.

DBT Skills Group for Young Adults

What are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills?

From behavioraltech.org, problematic behaviors evolve as a way to cope with a situation or attempt to solve a problem.

The function of DBT Skills Training is to help enhance a client’s coping skills and strategies when facing everyday challenges. There are four skills taught in DBT:​

Mindfulness: how to be fully aware and present in the moment without judgement
Distress Tolerance: how to tolerate negative emotions in difficult situations, rather than escape them with problem behavior
Interpersonal Effectiveness: how to express needs and set boundaries with others while maintaining self-respect
Emotion Regulation: how to understand, manage, and change emotions that are causing distress

Meet the Facilitators

Vanessa Cheshier

Vanessa Cheshier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Vanessa completed DBT intensive training through Fairfax County in 2019. She has been facilitating DBT skills groups for the past three years, including helping with curriculum development and leading a DBT consultation group.


Vanessa Cheshier
Jenny Smith

Jenny Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor

Jenny has experience leading DBT skills groups at Sunstone and completed DBT skills training through Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech in 2021.


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