Johnston Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Johnston 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.
Johnston 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 Johnston 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 Johnston, IA
Johnston is a city in Polk County, Iowa. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Area. Located here are the Camp Dodge Military Reservation as well as the Paul J. and Ida Trier House, a private residence designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Des Moines Weather Forecast Office of the National Weather Service. This city is also remembered for being the location where Slipknot's original bassist Paul Gray died in 2010.