DBT Skills for Anxiety and Depression


This group is for patients who find themselves overwhelmed by their emotions and struggling to cope. The group format follows Marsha Linehan’s Mindfulness/Interpersonal Effectiveness/Emotion Regulation/Distress Tolerance format. In addition to the DBT material, I integrate IFS (Internal Family Systems) ideas and a variety of meditation practices that support participant’s ability to shift their perspective on emotional distress and to work compassionately with their distress from a place of internal calm and clarity.

This is an ongoing outpatient group. I encourage interaction between participants to foster group cohesion and have found that to be welcome and successful. Encouraging group interaction increases the chances of upset between participants in comparison to a more strictly didactic DBT group, but my experience has been that such upsets can be productively managed with DBT skills. Participants will need to be willing to agree to the group norm of working together through upsets within the group to be eligible to join.

People with Borderline Personality traits are welcome in this group. I work hard to foster a group culture where very emotionally intense people can find a sense of relief being in a setting where their emotional intensity is met with understanding. I do require that participants be engaged in a 1:1 therapy to support them through the inevitable upsets that will arise. The group will not be suitable for people whose levels of distress is resulting in significant self-harm and who would be better served with inpatient care or a partial hospitalization.

Group Therapist

Ken Jaeger is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, Rhode Island. Ken sees young adults, college students, adults, and couples, and specializes in depression, trauma and PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, helping men connect with their emotions, and anxiety.

Ken has a particular interest and expertise in trauma and Borderline Personality disorder. He offers several approaches to help individuals struggling with overwhelming emotions, suicidality, and self-harm. While placing a high value on technical expertise, Ken also approaches therapy with a warm and personal approach.

Ken has training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), mindfulness practices, Psychodynamic Therapy, and relational therapy. Ken has extensive experience using DBT in individual and groups, and previously used this approach in an intensive outpatient clinic setting.

Ken Jaeger

Ken Jaeger is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, Rhode Island specializing in Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, trauma and PTSD, men's emotions, and anxiety.

Thursdays 11:30 to 1

Rhode Island, USA