Outpatient Group Therapy

Every group at Aurora Behavioral Health begins with a mindful meditation. Group Therapy is usually comprised of 4 to 10 group members who are all working on a common issue. It provides an opportunity to connect with others who are experiencing similar conflicts, while working together to support each other as individual growth and insight is achieved. Aurora Behavioral Health offers a rotating schedule of outpatient groups for the treatment of eating disorders. Prior group therapy foci have included Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral (CBT-E) Therapy; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Body Image & Shame Resilience; Sex & Relationships; Parents As Partners; Recovery Story; 8 Dimensions of Wellness; and Yamas & Niyamas According to Recovery. 

Group Therapy sessions ranges from 75-120 minute weekly sessions.

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Fall 2018 Groups

Radically Open DBT
Tuesday's 7-9pm
Begins September 18th 2018
Radically Open DBT is a new evidence-based** treatment for Anorexia Nervosa, and for people who experience emotional over-control – a hallmark symptom for many with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, anxiety disorders, and chronic depression. 

Do you identify with any of these characteristics?

  • Perfectionistic
  • Being highly detail-oriented
  • Having trouble letting go of mistakes
  • Avoiding risks
  • Not liking new things or experiences
  • Having a high sensitivity to feeling threatened
  • Not easily impressed by rewards or compliments
  • Planning everything
  • Having trouble with transitions/change
  • Feeling anxious or angry when things don't go according to plan
  • Often feel lonely but have a hard time connecting with others or maintaining emotionally intimate relationships

Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) is a new form of treatment that can help overcontrolled individuals achieve a happier, balanced and more socially connected life. 

RO-DBT neuroregulatory theory RO-DBT targets three areas including: 

Receptivity and Openness — RO-DBT helps individuals become more receptive to new experiences, and feedback, allowing for exploration, learning and growth

Flexibility — RO-DBT helps those with overcontrol develop a sense of flexibility — a key to living a full life is being able to adapt to changing environmental conditions aka "go with the flow" 

Intimacy and Connectedness — RO-DBT teaches emotional recognition and emotional expression — these important skills help us facilitate healthy and rewarding relationships allowing for connection and a reduction in loneliness

The RO-DBT group will actively teach skills to increase Receptivity and Openness, Flexibility, and Intimacy and Connectedness, including body posture, gestures, and facial expressions, activate brain regions that increase social safety responses that function to automatically enhance the open-minded and flexible social-signaling, which are crucial for establishing long-term intimate bonds and social connectedness. 

Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) addresses three different areas that can help overcontrolled individuals achieve a richer and more rewarding emotional life. One area in particular is to help overcontrolled individuals reduce loneliness and connect to others by addressing the following areas of deficit.

**In Clinical Trials RO-DBT was associated with significant improvements in weight gain, reductions in eating disorder symptoms, decreases in eating-disorder related psychopathology and increases in eating disorder-related quality of life in a severely underweight sample. (Lynch, et al, 2013). 

DBT for Binge Eating Disorder
Wednesday's 7-9pm
Begins September 19th 2018
Our DBT for Binge Eating Disorder Group is run on the traditional model created by Marsha Linehan, PhD, and our group leaders have received training through Behavioral Tech, Dr. Linehan's Institute. This group is excellent for anyone with Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, emotional or compulsive overeating, emotion regulation issues, and interpersonal difficulties; clients with Anorexia Nervosa who engage in Binge/Purge behaviors or who have difficulty regulating emotions will also benefit from this group. The group focuses on enabling individuals to actively regulate difficult emotions and find alternatives to engaging in eating disorder symptoms over time.