What is DBT-A Therapy....

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) is an evidence-based treatment approach adapted from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which was originally developed for adults with borderline personality disorder. DBT-A is specifically tailored to address the unique challenges faced by adolescents who struggle with emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, and interpersonal conflicts.

The primary goals of DBT-A include:

Helping adolescents develop effective coping skills to manage intense emotions

Improving interpersonal relationships and communication skills

Enhancing problem-solving abilities and resilience

Reducing self-destructive behaviors and increasing adaptive behaviors

DBT-A incorporates individual therapy sessions, group skills training, phone coaching, and family involvement to provide a comprehensive treatment approach. The therapy focuses on teaching adolescents four main sets of skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. By learning and practicing these skills, adolescents can better navigate the challenges of their developmental stage and build a foundation for a healthier, more fulfilling life.