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DBT for Children & Adolescents

Family DBT

DBT for Children/Adolescents is 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 group:
  • Increased awareness and management of emotions
  • Social skills
  • Ability to tolerate stressful situations
  • Self-awareness and awareness of surroundings

Family DBT with Adolescents

Program for families with adolescents ages 13-18 that display:
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Defiant behaviors
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Self-injurious behaviors
  • Highly intense emotions (i.e. anger, anxiety, sadness)
  • Extreme difficulties regulating their emotions
  • Trauma history
  • Bullying/being bullied
  • Eating disorder issues
  • Difficulties with inattention

Our adolescent DBT program sticks closely to the model presented in the Miller, Rathus, and Linehan text, Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents.

Adolescents and parent/guardian begin with several individual therapy appointments to commit to the treatment. At least one of the adolescent’s parents and/or guardian is required to attend the weekly skills training group with their teen. Parents are also required to attend weekly individual therapy with their own DBT therapist. The adolescent and their parent(s) attend an eighteen-week skills training program.

Hours and Availability

We offer services Monday through Friday and on Saturdays at some locations, as well as evening hours Monday through Thursday.

DBT For Children/Adolescents Locations

We accept all insurances including medical assistance and other state health plans. A reduced rate for uninsured private pay patients is available.

Forms for this program can be found on our Patient Forms page by clicking here.

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