What Is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a state-of-the-art form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for teenagers who experience significant trouble managing their emotions, thoughts and behaviors.
The “dialectical” in DBT means the therapy works by dealing with two approaches at once: acceptance of feelings (mindfulness) and learning to use thinking to change feelings (CBT).
DBT treatment is designed to help with extreme emotional instability or the inability to manage intense emotions. Trouble to manage these emotions can lead to impulsive, self-destructive, or self-harming behaviors. The goal of DBT is to teach adolescents techniques to help them understand their emotions without judgment — the mindfulness component — and also to give them skills and techniques to manage those emotions and change behaviors.
DBT For Teens
DBT skills training is very structured; for adolescents, it consists of five modules:
- Mindfulness skills: Being present in the moment and understanding the signs of unregulated emotions
- Emotion regulation skills: Coping with difficult situations by building pleasant, self-soothing experiences to protect from emotional extremes.
- Interpersonal effectiveness skills: The purpose is to teach adolescents how to interact more effectively with others, and enable them to feel more supported by others.
- Distress tolerance skills: Being able to recognize urges to do things that would be ineffective or harmful, such as self-harm and consciously controlling them.
- Walking the middle path skill: Kids and parents learn how to validate one another, how to compromise and negotiate, and how to see the other person’s side of things.
We Can Help
At SCINSU, we have an effective and proven approach to creating positive change and growth. Our patented, 5-step program is unlike any other and is individualized for each and every student. Our team is committed and passionate about providing specialized therapy and teaching important principles and skills that lead to renewed passion, purpose, and fulfillment.