Teen Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills-training Group


Adolescence is a challenging time for both parents and children.  There is significant pressure from peers to act a certain way to fit in.  Technology and social media have contributed to an added level of pressure for many teens.  During this time period, teens long for a sense of connection and acceptance.  Yet they don't always want to connect with their parents.  Instead teens often value their friendships and fitting in.  Parents can struggle to navigate boundaries, how to talk to their teens nearing young adulthood, and how to maintain trusting relationships.

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 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavior Therapy that was created by Marsha Linehan to treat suicidal and self-harm behaviors.  It has since been found effective in treating other complex issues involving emotion dysregulation.  It can be helpful for teens with uncontrollable outbursts, mood disorders, trauma, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety, unstable interpersonal relationships, and other compulsive behavior. Teens that struggle with controlling their emotions and behaviors may benefit from the skills that DBT group offers.

A main part of DBT therapy is skills-training group. It is didactic in nature and is not a process group. There are four modules that will be covered in skills-training. They include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Mindfulness skills help your teen to put a pause between impulse and action. Emotion regulation skills help your teen to have the ability to regulate their emotions by gaining a better grasp on the relationship between their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and sensations. It also helps teens to understand what factors may make them more emotionally vulnerable. Distress tolerance skills are fast-acting skills that help in crisis situations. Finally, interpersonal effectiveness skills help your teen to be skillful in relationships with peers, family, etc. As mentioned above, these skills can be helpful to teens with a variety of issues. Please contact us to see if DBT skills-training group is a good fit for your teen.

DBT group costs $60 per session each week. Please contact us to be added to our group.

Note: If your teen has a history of suicide attempts or suicidal ideation, your teen will be required to be in individual therapy with one of our therapists or an outside therapist.  This is just to ensure their safety and the appropriate level of care to meet their needs.