a Adolescent DBT Skills Training Group - Wellness and Wisdom

Adolescent DBT Skills Training Group

Led by Chelsea Fielder-Jenks, LPC

The Adolescent DBT Skills Training group is for adolescents who would like to learn how to cope more effectively with intense emotions, problematic thoughts or behaviors (i.e. negative thinking, self-harm, substance use, suicidal thinking), and/or relationship struggles. Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance skills are taught in order to reduce self-destructive behaviors and learn more adaptive ways to manage painful emotions. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00pm

Please call our front desk for more information about admissions and cost,
or if you have any other questions. 512-306-1394


About the group process-

  • DBT is a skills/teaching group, not a process group.  During the first hour of each group session, the group leader will review DBT Diary Cards individually with each group member, providing coaching, feedback, and observations about skills used in an effective way.  Group members not only benefit from the individual coaching, but by being exposed to hearing how other group members are practicing skills. 
  • The second hour of the group is spent going over new DBT skills.  Multiple handouts, homework sheets, experiential exercises, board work, and discussion are used as learning tools.  Group members are asked to practice this skill over the week and to give feedback the following week on how the skills worked for them and what challenges occurred.  
  • All of the DBT skills build on each other. Group members are asked to be able to commit to a total of 6 months before joining the weekly group in order to finish all of the modules (Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance).
  • At the end of each module, we have a parent day where parents and adolescents come together for discussion of special topics and review skills that the adolescents have been learning, so that they can support and coach their child in self-management skills.


Outline of Weekly Group Schedule:

August 24 & 31 : General Introduction & Mindfulness

Sept 7 – Oct 12: Emotion Regulation

Oct 19: Parent Day

Oct 26 & Nov 2: Mindfulness (Open Period for new members to join)

Nov 9- Dec 7: Interpersonal Effectiveness

Dec 14: Parent Day

Dec 21 & 28: Mindfulness (Open Period for new members to join)

Jan 4- Feb 1: Interpersonal Effectiveness

Feb 8: Parent Day

Meet our group facilitator, Chelsea Fielder-Jenks, LPC


Chelsea is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas with a Master of Arts degree in Health Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Texas State University. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies and takes a holistic approach to helping others, which considers biological, psychological, environmental, and cultural aspects of their lives.

Chelsea has experience working with individuals, families, and groups at outpatient and inpatient levels of care. Her clinical experience has been in helping individuals with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, self-harm behaviors, stress management, and more. Chelsea specializes in treating eating disorders and eating disorder dual diagnoses. She began her experience working with eating disorders as a Practicum Student Therapist at the Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio and Hill Country Recovery Center (HCRC). After earning her Masters degree, Chelsea was then a therapist at HCRC, where she conducted individual and family therapy and facilitated the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders. Chelsea also has experience working at Austin Oaks Hospital, where she has served as an inpatient and outpatient therapist and the Interim Director of Outpatient Services. At Sage, Chelsea facilitates the 7-week Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program and Adolescent DBT Skills Group, and conducts individual and family therapy.

Chelsea is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training from Behavioral Tech, LLC. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Austin Eating Disorder Specialists group and an active supporter of the National Eating Disorder Association and the Binge Eating Disorder Association.



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