Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a highly effective treatment for young adults who have difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviors.

DBT will help youth improve the ability to manage strong conflicting emotions and reduce self harming or suicidal behavior.  This program gives youth emotional coping and relationship management skills they will use for the rest of their life.  Along with providing individual DBT therapy we also offer an intensive skills group, referred to as Doing Better Together group.

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Adolescents from all social, economic and cultural backgrounds experience the emotional difficulties that can be best managed by engaging in DBT therapy. The DBT program is designed for youth aged 13 and older. Youth in this program are struggling to manage extreme moodiness; making problems worse than they are; poor boundaries; quick to ‘fly off the handle’; stormy relationships; and might have a history of self-abusive behavior such as cutting, suicidal thinking/attempts, extreme food issues or substance abuse.

Children in this program have a variety of services available to them. Those service options are:

  • Individual therapy– the child meets one-on-one with his/her counselor
  • Group therapy – teen will meet once a week and work on emotional and behavioral skills in a group setting
  • Case management – a community mental health support worker can meet with the child at home, in school, or in the community to help them develop and use their emotional coping or communication skills
  • Intensive group therapy– Doing Better Together Group - this group meets three times a week for four weeks. This group works specifically on DBT skills – mindfulness, emotional regulation skills, communication skills, and crisis management
  • Peer - a one-on-one service meeting with a peer mentor who has experienced difficulties as an adolescent and who have been able to overcome their struggles in order to become an effective role model and support for youth who are experiencing similar struggles
  • Psychological consultation – a deeper analysis to assess for diagnosis and enhance treatment recommendations such as ADHD, mood disorders, Autism spectrum disorder, among others

Psychiatric Services– meet with child psychiatrists regarding medications

DBT skills chart for website page

More about the Doing Better Together Intensive DBT Group…

Adolescents in this group will learn a variety of life skills. These skills include help with experiencing a wide-range of emotions; how to manage when feeling overwhelmed by emotions; increased ability to navigate relationships with peers, family, and staff at school or work; more flexible thinking; increased awareness and focus; clearer understanding of oneself; skills to help regulate impulses, moods and behaviors; and create a life worth living.

The goal of the program is for adolescents to improve their emotion regulation and communication skills as well as their ability to manage any crisis that comes up in a healthy way.


Stacy Pancher-Rippey
Program Manager


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