Classes and Workshops

At the Oakland DBT and Mindfulness Center, we offer classes and workshops to clients and the community. We try to update our classes regularly, so please check back with us every few months to see what we may have added.

We currently offer the following classes:

Chronic Pain Support Group

Teacher: Dr. John Parke (See Bio)

Dr. Parke is a psychologist specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and PTSD.   He brings over 26 years of experience to his practice of psychology and has a background in mindfulness meditation from the Soto Zen tradition.

The group offers a DBT centered approach to coping with chronic pain. Self-regulation skills, mindfulness and guided imagery will be used to teach participants to live with their pain in a healthy, balanced way. It is a six week coping skills class for people living with chronic pain.

Times/dates: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm

Fee: $360 for six week group, sliding scale may be considered.  Please call Oakland DBT intake line:  510.239.5698

Mindfulness for Teens

Teacher: Sarah McCarthy, MFT and Mindful Schools Certified Instructor (See Bio)

Introduction to Mindfulness for Teens

Whether you hope to strengthen your ability to cope with difficult moments, want help falling asleep, or simply want to take a break, the Introduction for Mindfulness will teach basic skills to help with daily life.  Through self-reflection and mindfulness practices, teens will begin to increase awareness of their own thoughts and feelings and learn skills to settle the mind and body.  No prior experience needed.

When: Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am - 11:30 am

Fee: $40, sliding scale available to those in need

Mindfulness for Stress and Worry

Worried about next year?  Stressed about finals?  Whether you are preparing to leave home for college or occupied by thoughts of school, friends or family - it is normal, but not terribly comfortable, to feel anxious or stressed out about this time of year.  Irritation, sadness, anger, and frustration may cycle through an average day.  Mindfulness can help us ride those emotions without becoming overwhelmed or defined by them.

In this workshop, teens will develop self-awareness of their habits related to stress and worry.  Together, we will practice with mindfulness as a way to work with these thoughts and emotions and lessen the tension and anxiety that typically comes with them.

No prior experience needed.

When: Saturday, May 13th from 10 am - 11:30 am

Fee: $40, sliding scale available to those in need

Please contact Sarah directly to register for these workshops: or 510-517-0115.