Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT-A) was designed to deliver adherent DBT to adolescents who are struggling with emotional dysregulation, self harm behaviors, and suicidal behaviors. Research shows it to be one of the most effective forms of therapy when delivered through a comprehensive treatment program such as the one offered at our clinic.

Our comprehensive DBT-A program serves adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18. Common presenting problems that are well suited for DBT-A include emotional dysregulation (intense depression, anxiety, and anger), impulsivity, self harm behaviors, suicidal ideation, suicidal behaviors, and significant family or social relationship distress.

Adherent and comprehensive outpatient DBT-A offered at our clinic includes:

  • Individual Therapy: Each client has a primary DBT-A therapist to develop and monitor the treatment plan. Clients meet with their individual therapist weekly.

  • Multi-Family Skills Training Group: Both caregivers and adolescents take part in this group, which teaches 5 modules of skills during weekly classes that occur over a 24-week cycle. The modules cover skills in the areas of Core Mindfulness, Walking the Middle Path, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

  • Skills Coaching:  An important part of DBT-A is having therapists available for skills coaching outside of session. This helps assure that clients have the skills they need to manage situations effectively. Skills coaching in DBT-A is available to both the adolescent and their caregivers.

  • Family Therapy: Often times when working with adolescents, it can be very helpful and therapeutic to have family sessions which include all relevant family members. These occur with the primary therapist, on an as-needed basis.

  • DBT-A Consultation Team Meetings:  To ensure that the structure of each client’s treatment is maintained, all DBT-A therapists participate in weekly consultation team meetings.

  • Ancillary Support Services:  These may include psychiatric consultation to follow medications, collaboration with schools or other community agencies, or referral for inpatient services if needed.

The goal of DBT-A is to help you create a life worth living! We do this through teaching skills for:

  • Self-awareness

  • Correcting problematic patterns in thinking

  • Managing roller coaster emotions

  • Developing and maintaining successful relationships

  • Decreasing unwanted or unmanageable anger

  • Decreasing family conflict