New York & Distress Tolerance...Navigating A Tough City

       New York City is one of the toughest cities to live in: if you want to live here for the long haul, it’s important that you develop strong distress tolerance. There will always be external stimuli threatening to overwhelm you, whether it is a car honking, music blaring, or people causing a ruckus around you. All of the above can also frequently be happening at once. Fun!

There are many different approaches that can help you deal with this stress, such as going on walks, working out, and even looking into group or individual therapy options. Here in New York City, there are practically endless possible solutions at your disposal, so why not take advantage of the resources our city has to offer?

One way that you can seek help is by looking into dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), which is a modified version of cognitive behavioral therapy. The primary goals of DBT are:

  • Improve individuals’ relationships with other people
  • Regulate emotions
  • Teach people how to live in the present moment
  • Develop healthy coping mechanisms

While DBT was originally developed to help treat borderline personality disorder, it has been adapted in order to help a broad spectrum of other mental health issues, including but not limited to substance abuse, disordered eating, and post traumatic stress disorder.

DBT also works to help cultivate healthy distress tolerance skills that are geared to help individuals accept themselves and the current situation they may be in. These techniques seek to help prepare individuals for intense emotions, as well as equip them to cope by using positive long term perspectives. Some DBT techniques for crisis management include:

  • Self-soothing practices
  • Improving the moment
  • Distraction
  • Considering the pros and cons of not handling distress well

DBT can be taught to people via individual or group therapy settings, or also through coaching over the phone. Many NY therapy groups do, indeed, teach their clients DBT practices in order to help them navigate their day to day existence here in New York. 

And in NYC, therapy is at the tip of your fingers: if you do a quick search on Google, you will find an endless amount of options and resources in the palm of your hand. It is important, however, to remember that there are many different approaches to therapy, and that it is not a one size fits all approach.

Here at Grouport, we offer group therapy that is conducted totally online, over Zoom meetings. And engaging in therapy sessions from the comfort of your own home is likely to encourage you to open up more because you will be in a familiar place. Furthermore, online therapy is safer: as we continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the highly transmissible Omicron variant. 

Should you enroll in Grouport, you will receive a 20 minute onboarding session with one of our trained professionals; they will get to know you a bit and, over the course of your session, discern what therapy group is most suited to your needs. 

After the meeting is over, we will tell you what group you have been matched with. Our groups are capped at 12 people and are filled up until they hit capacity. Each group meets for one hour per week, at the same time and day. You can find more FAQs here.


January 8, 2022

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