Afton Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Afton Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based treatment created by Dr. Marsha Linehan. It was originally created for the treatment of borderline personality disorder – a disorder characterized by highly suicidal behaviors, self-harm, and intense, out-of-control emotions. DBT has now proven effective in treating a wide array of mental health disorders – personality disorders, chronic depression, and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and addictions.
DBT is a treatment designed for Adolescents and Adults who struggle to regulate their behaviors and emotions effectively. This can look like suicidal thinking, self-harm (cutting, etc.), addiction, difficulty with anger/rage, chronic depression and anxiety, eating disorders, intense shame, and unresolved trauma to name a few. Clients who would most benefit from DBT are those where “treatment as usual” (traditional psychotherapy) has not been effective and/or their behaviors and emotions cause severe impairment to their quality of life. DBT is an empirically supported treatment – meaning it has been studied at length in clinical trials and has repeatedly proven effective.
Afton Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a program for families with children ages 8-12 that display:
- Aggressive verbal or physical behavior
- Difficulties with relationships
- High anxiety
- High intensity of emotions
- Are being bullied
- Self-injurious behaviors
- Suicidal ideation
- Other behaviors which have not been successfully treated by standard therapy
Parent/Guardian and child will be expected to attend: individual DBT therapy, skills training group, and family sessions.
Skills gained from Afton Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy:
- Increased awareness and management of emotions
- Social skills
- Ability to tolerate stressful situations
- Self-awareness and awareness of surroundings
For Adult DBT, click here.
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About Afton, MN
Afton is a city in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 2,886 at the 2010 United States Census. Afton is well known for Afton Alps, the largest ski and snowboard area in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. It is home to Afton State Park on the St. Croix River. Due to these two destinations and its quaint small-town appearance in a major metropolitan area, Afton receives a fair amount of local tourism in the form of day trips.