The quick story of how the online DBT business began was that I was working full-time at a prison and starting to dread going into work. I sat in my car on my ride home dreading the next day and thought to myself, what could I do bring me joy again in my career. I realized I was happiest when I was facilitating DBT groups and that night posted on Twitter asking if there was any interest in that. 8 months later, I quit my job and worked from home co-facilitating online DBT groups.
I still occasionally get e-mail asking how I am and if I am still going DBT online. Three years ago I took a job working for a company doing post-psychiatric follow-up and have had a mix of office and community mental health and addiction positions since- none DBT related.
This brings me to this week, I got another DBT related e-mail, I get one or two a month with the same question, "where can I get DBT skills coaching?" most of the time these e-mails come from current students of programs that do not offer this service, and occasionally students are unable to attend in person or afford online DBT and are self-learning through a book. Unlike three years ago currently I really love my job, it provides me joy and hope and fits with my career goals- but it's not DBT. What has always made me feel fulfilled in my career and overall in my life- was DBT. Even when I was teaching it, I was also (re) learning it with each new class.
I haven't for sure decided what my plan is moving forward, I do not have the time or bandwidth in my life to run DBT groups, nor do I feel like that is my place in the DBT community any longer. Likely I will begin DBT skills coaching for a nominal fee and see where that leads. I would be perfectly happy coaching and reintegrating into the amazing online community that is DBT students. I was regularly impressed and in awe of their work and commitment and would like to support those who are making that huge commitment in their work.
I will update as things (likely slowly) progress and have added some new social media accounts.
Facebook: Alicia Paz DBT
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