DBT Skills Groups

Helping you go from copying to thriving

Imagine learning new coping strategies and beginning the transformation from coping to thriving, even if you’re stuck and reeling out of control.
Our DBT skills groups will begin in 2021 once COVID restrictions have been lifted.

Stop and ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you sometimes feel like you can’t stop your negative emotions?

  • Does one negative thought, follows another, and another, until you find yourself in a downward spiral, feeling totally out of control?

  • Sometimes, do you feel you don’t even know what’s happening before it’s too late and you’re trapped in a sea of emotions that keep you from doing the things you truly want to do?

My name is Suzannah Espinosa, PhD.

I am a licensed psychologist, an entrepreneur, and I must say that I love the fact that I can help people just like you learn new ways to go from simply coping in life, to truly thriving.

In 2002, I established Minisink Psychology & Psychotherapy, which I later renamed to Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Solutions… and dedicated myself to providing effective, researched, and solution-focused therapeutic services.

Our goals are to provide knowledgeable and effective guidance, whether you’re…


dealing with long-standing issues and ready for change


interested in learning how to improve your relationships


wanting to learn new ways to cope more effectively


or needing to learn how to make better choices in life

Now, because of the pandemic, these skills are more important than ever if you are…

  • Homebound and struggling to cope with the “new normal”

  • Have increased anxiety and societal issues

  • Using old coping mechanisms that aren’t working as well as before

NOTE: DBT skills groups will begin in 2021 once COVID restrictions have been lifted.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll discover:

  • Simple tools to disrupt negative thinking and stop the downward spiral
  • Powerful, yet simple to implement problem solving strategies that will get you from miserable to responsive quickly and safely
  • Mindfulness exercises to increase distress tolerance and enhance survival skills
  • Ways to help to regulate your daily emotions
  • Easy mental exercises to shift from emotional crisis states to solutions and problem solving
  • How to increase your interpersonal effectiveness and communicate better with other people
  • Tips and tricks you can use daily to create a contagious positive mental attitude
  • Ways to stop the despair, anxiety, gloom-and-doom mentality in its tracks

Every session is one hour of insightful instructions, with powerful exercises and home work to reinforce everything you’ve discovered.

One lesson builds on the next, and by the end of the program, you’ll have some valuable tools that will help you shift from where you are mentally, to where you want to be.

Imagine going from a mental state of despair, to a state of hope. Imagine going from a mental state of crisis, to knowing some ways to resolve your issues. Imagine going from the downward spiral of negative thoughts that cripple you mentally, to stopping the spiral and snapping back to a heightened state of control.

Frequently asked questions:

What qualifies you to teach mental health and wellness programs?

Other than my PhD a being a therapist and guide interested in both working through people’s present issues, as well as understanding any underlying roots, patterns, and themes. I have recently completed several comprehensive training programs in CBT and DBT (through Behavioral Tech).

Is this an online course?

At this time, the only way to attend the program is live, and in person. Groups will be announced in 2021. Please check back.

Where will all classes take place?

Both groups will be held at 55 Main Street, Suite 6, Goshen, NY, 10924 at the designated date and time per group.

Can I register myself and spouse?

 Yes, you can. Each person will pay full tuition and each person can take advantage of the early registration grant.

What if I miss a session?

You’ll get all handouts, homework and materials to make up any missing classes.

Will you be offering this program online?

I am not planning for this to be an online program at this time. I’ll re-evaluate the effectiveness of it in an online environment, and decide accordingly.

Groups will be announced in 2021. Please check back.

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589 Franklin Tpke
Suite 5
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 445-4900

55 Main Street
Suite 6
Goshen NY 10924