Emotion Regulation Therapy Group

Self Regulation Project

The Group

The SRP Group is held Mondays 6:00 – 6:50pm. This group aims to help members understand that emotional intensity can be harnessed, misunderstandings can be worked through, the threshold for being stirred up can be lowered, and the time it takes to get back to your normal state can be reduced.

Using Mentalization-based group activities, members will be asked to imagine what’s going on in the minds of others to better understand how each of us makes meaning of our own and other peoples’ actions, and how easily misunderstandings can occur. Group members will work together to explore one anothers’ triggers and the ways that early life experiences have shaped our expectations in current relationships. When members are triggered in the group, DBT-based activities will help build newer, more effective coping strategies. The group can become a safe place of healing through attachment, honesty, and boundaried intimacy.


  • Better understanding yourself and others
  • Stress management through mindfulness
  • Becoming more aware of your reactions to people and situations
  • Developing healthy assertiveness and self-expression
  • Building self-respect and self-mastery
  • Deepening relational skills and intimacy
  • Finding the deeper meanings behind personal difficulties
  • Identifying new ways to respond to old and challenging situations

Over time, courageous conversations like this cultivate a return to a more authentic and empowered self.



Call (424) 371-5191 or email to request a free 20 minute telephone intake interview. A member of our treatment team will explain the program and ask about your personal history to determine if the SRP is right for you.

Commitment & Cost

Participants are asked to make an initial 12-week commitment to the group. This commitment, and the ability to predict who will be in attendance each week, is what creates a safe environment to share and form a deeply connected community of support. Each member must also be engaged in individual treatment either at WILA or with an outside therapist.
The cost of the group will be assessed on a sliding scale for each member, but will generally be $25 session. Participants must pay for the entire 12 week group experience. Payment plans can be arranged based on financial need.


Our Treatment Approach

Many people have difficulties with emotional regulation. These individuals tend to experience stormy interpersonal relationships, intense emotions, unstable moods, problems with impulsiveness, self-harm, and confusion about themselves and others. Research and clinical data show that these struggles are often linked to a history of childhood trauma or abuse, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, and insecure attachment. These traumatic life experiences generate a continuous cycle of suffering and become resistant to short-term treatments focused only on behavioral change or present day understandings of the problem. The SRP’s treatment philosophy is based on sound theoretical principles, which integrate:

  1. Psychoanalytic theories to identify and address the deeper non-obvious origins and meanings of one’s suffering;
  2. Practical skill-building including DBT-Based and Mentalization-Based techniques to help improve day-to-day coping, impulsivity, and mood fluctuations;
  3. Mindfulness practices which are taught and modeled throughout the group experiences to aid in developing a gentler mindset so that healing and growth may take the time they require.

New skills learned in the SRP will help participants regulate emotions, better tolerate distress, and support personal growth in relationship to others.


For Referring Clinicians

Do you find yourself searching for inexpensive alternatives for continuing care when a patient’s insurance runs out? Do you find that personality disruptions persist even after a patient has become sober or stopped engaging in the behaviors that initially brought them into treatment? Are complex trauma and personality issues simply outside the scope of your treatment focus? SRP was designed to address the needs of these patients! We welcome referrals and potential collaborations from residential treatment centers, sober livings, partial hospitalization programs, time-limited IOPs, and clinicians in private practice.

  • We offer a FREE phone assessment with one of our intake specialists
  • Monday Evening group and responsible collaboration with individual therapists

The SRP offers the type of supportive atmosphere needed for profound change. It is confidential and affordable with fees based on a sliding fee scale. Call 424-371-5191 x436 or email if you think we can be of help!


Our Team & Vision

Samantha Liberman, MA
Group Co-Facilitator

Samantha is a doctoral candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. She has previously trained at The Chicago School Counseling Center, Hillsides Full Service Program, and The Achievable Foundation working primarily with adolescents and adults. She is passionate about working with patients utilizing psychodynamic and object-relational theories.

And, the rest of your SRP Team:

Kyana Barakett, Psy.D.
Jennifer Kashani, Psy.D.
Kyle Kermott, Psy.D.
Elizabeth Slater, MA


Erica Sanborn, MA
Group Co-Facilitator

Erica is a doctoral candidate at the California School of Professional Psychology. She has training working with adults and college-aged individuals on a variety of presenting concerns such as relationship issues, depression and anxiety, self-esteem concerns, and identity development. She is drawn to attachment theory and is interested in the integration of mental and physical wellness. She is passionate about helping individuals embrace their vulnerability and curiosity so that they can forge meaning and build identity through the sharing of their story.

Claudia Feldman, Ph.D.
WILA Clinical Director / Supervising Psychologist PSY25130

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I already have an individual therapist?
Meeting weekly with an outside individual therapist meets the requirement to participate in the SRP group without signing up for individual therapy at WILA. We will require that a release is signed so that our SRP group therapists and your individual therapist can speak when necessary. This will be discussed with group members individually and will be handled thoughtfully to balance your privacy and responsible coordination of care.
Who is the SRP not appropriate for?
Active substance dependence and severe eating disorders. Frequent psychiatric hospitalization or recurrent suicidal behaviors. Untreated/unmanaged psychosis. Individuals not ready to commit to weekly individual and group therapy for a minimum of 3 months.
I have a substance abuse problem. Is the SRP a good idea for me?
It depends. Substance abuse is often a symptom of another mental health issue. In some cases, it may be recommended that you seek help for your substance abuse prior to beginning our group. During the initial phone intake process, a therapist will help you formulate a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Will my insurance pay for the SRP?
In keeping with WILA’s mission, the SRP is priced to be an affordable alternative for those who do not have adequate health insurance benefits and/or cannot afford expensive private treatment. SRP participants are expected to pay WILA directly at the time of service. If requested, your therapist will provide you with a superbill, an itemized form listing healthcare services rendered, which you must submit directly to your insurance provider to request reimbursement. This is a common way to have insurance to pay for out-of-network benefits. Approval for reimbursement as well as rates will depend on the terms of your insurance policy. We encourage you to call your insurance provider to better understand these terms before beginning the program.
Who will be running the SRP group?
SRP groups are co-facilitated by pre-licensed therapists enrolled in WILA’s Psychology Internship and Postgraduate Fellowship. The co-facilitators are supervised by WILA’s Clinical Director, Claudia Feldman, Ph.D., with input from WILA’s highly trained and experienced faculty of clinical psychologists, psychoanalysts, and other mental health professionals.
Where does the SRP take place?
The SRP group take place at our West Los Angeles location which provides a safe, comfortable, accessible, and confidential atmosphere. We are conveniently located at 11845 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 505W, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Ample street parking is available nearby.
What is WILA’s mission?
The mission of Wright Institute Los Angeles (WILA) is to keep high quality, long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy available and affordable. WILA is an affordable alternative for those without adequate health insurance benefits or the ability to pay for expensive private treatment. We remain one of the very few settings in Los Angeles where no limits are placed on treatment length or session frequency. Our aim is to help the individuals, couples, and families we serve lead richer, deeper, more fulfilling lives.