Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is typically recommended for individuals who have difficulty with one or more of the following issues: labile mood, managing intense emotions, engaging in destructive or impulsive behaviors (i.e., self-injury, suicide attempts, etc), demonstrating “all-or-nothing” thinking, and/or unstable interpersonal relationships.

In DBT skills group, four modules are taught:

 

DBT strives to help adolescents and their families develop a balance between acceptance and change—that is, validating emotions and experiences as legitimate while also teaching new behavior patterns that contribute to a healthier way of life.

Two DBT skills groups are currently being offered.  The first group serves middle school and early high school (approx. ages 12-15), and the second group serves high school age (9th-12th grade).