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About the free learn DBT GRoup

A PERSONAL LETTER FROM DAN PIERCE, CO-FOUNDER AT MENTALLY FIT

I get asked all the time who I am, what my background is, and why I started this group--so I thought I would share a bit about myself with you today.

HOW THE LEARN DBT GROUP STARTED

My personal experience with DBT goes back to 2008, when I was first introduced to the method at a behavior modification program I was enrolled in as a teenager.

At the time, I was struggling with an inability to control my emotions, feelings of abandonment, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and self-medication with drugs and alcohol.

I had already been in therapy a long time, with my first session being around the age of 9 or 10. I was a messed up kid, and no one--least of all myself--knew why. I just knew that I felt depressed, anxious, angry and unable to function in the world with other people.

I got kicked out of numerous schools, had run-ins with the local law enforcement in the town I grew up in, went to numerous therapists, was sent to a number of mental health programs, and nothing worked.

DBT didn't work for me (at first)...

The first time I was introduced to DBT, nothing came of it. I learned some skills here and there, but it wasn't until later in 2015 that I took my first formal DBT course and learned how to put all the pieces together in a way that worked.

When it finally "clicked" for me, I knew I had found what I had been looking for all those years. Something that could help me stabilize my emotions and allow to me begin to unravel the web of trauma and intense pain I had been holding on to for my entire life. It felt like I had been on fire my whole life, and suddenly had a bucket of ice water poured over my head.

I dove head first into DBT to learn as much as I could. I read through every workbook and training manual, watched all of the videos, read all of the books. I could not get enough DBT in my life--nothing had ever been more effective at helping me feel relief.

One day, tragedy struck and the group was born...

The DBT teacher who first helped me formalize the skills died suddenly at a young age in 2016. It was the day after she died, in honor of her memory, that I started the Learn DBT Group--so that the lessons she taught me might continue to go on and help others.

The group started with a member count of 1: just me by myself. I started making videos on YouTube, talking into the void, hoping the messages would reach someone, somewhere who needed help.

Slowly, over time, people started trickling into the group. I worked hard to make it a positive, supportive, solution-focused environment where people could find relief from the challenges they faced.

Many people came and went, but some stayed. Over time, we became a thriving community of people in recovery; family members of people in recovery; and mental health professionals--all coming together to grow and improve in our own ways.

The group continued to grow and grow and grow...

Somewhere around the time that the group reached 2,000 members, I realized that it had taken on a life of its own. It was no longer just me posting and responding to every person. There were countless members in the community offering support and guidance for people in need.

We had become a true community!

I'm proud of the group we have here today, and am incredibly grateful for all of the members--including you--who make it such an amazing place to be.

Thank you

Dan

ABOUT DAN PIERCE

I am an educator, advocate and entrepreneur.

Friends, family and giving back to others are my "core values" -- the things I care about the most -- so I work them into every aspect of my life.

CURRENT WORK

Mentally Fit: Mental Health Community

A mental health community, I started with Bianca, where we're making mental health a fun, normal part of everyday life.

We give back by supporting the free Learn DBT Group with time, and money to continue providing free resources.

Spooky Digital

A marketing agency I started with two of my closest friends, where we provide digital marketing services for small to mid-size businesses. We also teach marketing classes to business owners, entrepreneurs and investors.

To give back, we partner with small businesses to run charity fundraiser events.

Christmas Tree Brooklyn

A Christmas tree delivery service I started with my sister Morgan 2011, that delivers 10,000+ trees per year to homes across NYC.

To give back we raise money for charities, give trees to non-profits, donate trees to veterans, and buy gifts for families in need.

CURRENT PERSONAL PROJECTS

Recovery X

A channel I started with friends, offering free addiction recovery resources to people in need, including educational videos, interviews with experts, and free one-on- one help finding treatment.

Women's Fights

A program I started with a friend who owns an MMA gym, where we offer free self-defense classes to women. The program has grown to include multiple locations across the United States.

MEDIA MENTIONS

I have been featured in Inc, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, FOX 5, NEWS 12, PIX 11, Huffington Post, Secret NYC, TODAY Parenting, among others.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Are you a therapist?

A: No, I am not.

Q: Can I hire you for therapy, coaching or one-on-one sessions?

A: I am not a therapist, so I can't offer therapy. I no longer offer one-on-one coaching services. Instead, you can work with me by joining the Mentally Fit: Mental Health Community.

Q: I need help for myself, or someone I love. Can you help?

A: I would be more than happy to help you find someone who can help. I have a lifetime of connections from both personal and professional work in mental health, that I'd be happy to introduce you to.

Q: What qualifies you to run the Learn DBT Group?

A: I don't need any qualifications, degrees, or licenses to run this group. This is not a formal DBT group, nor do I claim that it is. This is a group where people learning DBT from all walks of life come together in the spirit of mutual support and learning to apply skills in the real world.

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