Living Life Effectively

Brian Comer, LPCMondays | 6:00pm – 7:30
13 weeks | 90 minutes

Led by Brian Comer, LPC
Portland DBT Institute

Portland DBT Institute
5200 SW Macadam Ave. Suite 580
Portland, OR 97239

This group is currently on hiatus and will be accepting new clients in the spring of 2017. If you are interested in participating in living life effectively, please submit a group only referral form

If you are not currently in treatment please use our
Standard referral form


Psycho-educational in format, Living Life Effectively is more like a class than a therapy group. Through lecture, discussion, and practice exercises, clients acquire skills in:

  • self-awareness and acceptance
  • stress management
  • balancing expression of emotions with emotional control
  • effective communication drawn from DBT’s distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness modules


The Living Life Effectively group is  for individuals who would like to address:

  • low self-esteem and lack of confidence
  • mild to moderate problems with depression and anxiety
  • difficulty dealing with stressful situations including relationship conflict.

This group is open to clients who are currently seeing an outside therapist


This group is for those whose behaviors are less severe than participants in Phase I

  • Participants must be currently seeing a therapist. Either a PDBTI individual therapist, OR an outside therapist.
  • Had no psychiatric hospitalization in recent years
  • An assessment and termination appointment is required


To get started Living Life Effectively, please fill out our electronic referral form

For general information about the group, contact Brian Comer at

For registration, insurance questions, and billing questions, please contact our referral coordinator Chris Williams  at (503) 290-3295, or

We ask all individuals who wish to participate in services at Portland DBT Institute to complete an intake session in order to review goals of group, answers questions about the group process, create a brief treatment plan, and answer questions about billing and insurance procedures.


We can work with insurance providers to bill group services. We work with most insurance companies, and charge $75 per group session if individuals wish to pay out-of-pocket.