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DBT Skills Group

Do you often feel like your emotions or impulses are in control and not you? Is your mind often filled with worries about the future or the past? Do you often feel so sad that it gets in the way of you being able to spend time with your friends or family? Do you often have days where you do not feel good about yourself? Do you feel like your emotions are so intense that you may explode?

If you answered yes, to any of these questions, you are not alone; this is the group is for you!

DBT skills group in Clarks Summit, PA

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a powerful form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that can help you decrease destructive thoughts, impulsive urges, and harmful behaviors.

This therapy has been scientifically shown over the past 25 years to help with addictions, self-harm behaviors, eating disorders, anxiety, and mood disorders. It has also been shown to improve interpersonal relationships.

The term “Dialectic” simply means that in life we often need to find balance between two opposing forces in our mind. For example’ “Do you want to change or do you want to stay the same?”

This is not a therapy group, it is a skills training group, so we require each member to be in treatment with a primary therapist. If you are not in treatment and are seeking a referral, we would be happy to arrange this. Otherwise, you may stay with your current therapist while in the group.

The group will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30.

Each group will be limited to 8 people and will be 1 and ½ hours in length. We accept most major insurance plans, including State Medical Assistance. If your insurance does not cover group therapy, then the cost per group session is $50.

Location of the Group:
Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver and Associates, LLC.
400 South State Street
Clarks Summit, PA 18411

The group will be run by Susan Giampapa, LCSW.

If you would like to join the group, or for additional information, please contact Susan directly by calling 973-714- 5379 or by email at sgiampapalcsw@gmail.com

Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness Group

Do you have Lyme Disease or another chronic illness?
Do you find yourself saying?

“I just wish someone would understand”
“How will I ever live my life with this illness”
“I feel so alone”
“Sometimes I think people don’t believe me”
“I have lost hope that anything will ever help me”


Tracy Di’Mattia, LSW and Dr. Cynthia Edwards-Hawver, Psy.D, who both have Chronic Lyme Disease and other co-infections, will be co-leading this group. They understand both professionally and personally how difficult it is to live with Chronic Illness.

This group will be packed with valuable therapeutic information, such as psychological education, coping skills, mindfulness, group hypnosis, EFT, and much more. But most important, time to share your journey and time to offer each other support.

Group therapy is a very effective treatment modality and many find that after a few sessions, it becomes their therapeutic treatment of choice when suffering from a chronic illness.

Most major insurance plans are accepted (including Medicaid and Medicare), 50.00 USD per session without insurance. 

Our current group is now closed, please click here to inquire about the next Lyme Group coming soon.