Dialectical Behavior Therapy

About Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced-based therapy designed to treat people who experience suicidal thinking and behaviors that are disruptive such as maladaptive coping skills and self harm.

Our DBT skills group emphasizes Linehan’s four core concepts to help regulate the emotions and behaviors of our clients: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Along with these and other skills that focus on acceptance and change, adolescents will learn to tolerate emotional stress that is free of judgement and urges. Simultaneously, parents will be introduced to the same skills in order to increase support and treatment efficacy for their children in a coinciding parent group.

Group Population

Adolescents in middle school and high school.

Issues Addressed

  • Self Harm
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Impulsive behavior and chronic or pervasive thoughts which lead to unsafe behaviors

 

Group Details

Our skills group is ongoing and meets weekly for 1 hour on Tuesdays, with a concurrent parent group. Our middle school group meets at 5:15pm, and our high school group meets at 7:30pm.

An intake assessment is required prior to the start of group for all new clients.

Group members are required to also attend individual therapy sessions in order to remain in the group.

 

Group Leaders