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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that helps individuals live more in the moment, better manage intense emotions, reduce impulsive behavior, and improve their relationships.

In this DBT Skills Group, we go over coping skills and strategies from the modules of DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Learn more about DBT.

Participants commit to joining eight weeks at a time (two weeks of mindfulness and six weeks on another module). The full program is 24 weeks.

The next module – Distress Tolerance – begins February 2024 (date TBD).


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.

Meet the Facilitators

Contact the Group Leaders to register or inquire.

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.

Jenny Stevens, 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.

What are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills?

From, 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