Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which is an intensive and structured therapy program for adolescents who need emotional and behavioral support. Dialectical means believing two things that may seem contradictory: ” I am doing the best I can and want to do better!”

The goal Of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is to help adolescents create a “life worth living.” DBT helps adolescents decrease their mental health symptoms, improve safety concerns, and live a healthier life. DBT also includes caregivers to provide support and knowledge to the whole family. Adolescents and their caregivers will learn how to manage emotions, decrease reactions to stress, and improve relationships by learning coping skills in the following areas:

  • Distress Tolerance
  • Walking the Middle Path
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Mindfulness

Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is designed for teenagers experiencing significant mental health issues. This includes depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, and family conflict.

Who is eligible for Adolescent DBT?

  • Adolescents between ages of 14 and 17
  • Families willing to commit to weekly DBT group sessions for six months.
  • The adolescent must be in on-going individual therapy (with a LCFS provider or a provider from another agency.
  • The adolescent must have parent or caregiver attendĀ group with them.

Referrals: Individuals may be referred by family members, other mental health providers, primary care doctors, or court officials. Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Groups are offered in Cambridge.