Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Teens and Young Adults

Dialectic behavior (DBT) therapy is a form of sophisticated cognitive behavioral therapy, evidence-based for adolescents and adults who experience significant difficulties managing their emotions, thoughts, and behavior.

To be more effective in managing intense emotions that can cause impulsive decision making and problematic behavior, patients who participate in DBT learn how to practice mindfulness — fully being present in the moment and focusing on one thing at a time, without judgment — along with new problem-solving skills. 

When mindful awareness is combined with effective problem-solving skills, sensitive and emotionally reactive teenagers and young adults have the tools to respond flexibly to difficult and stressful life experiences. You can find more about effective dbt for teens on https://villagecounselingandwellness.com/teen-dbt-program/ 

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This approach has helped teenagers and young adults struggling with one or all of the following:

  • Impulsive/disturbing behavior
  • Changes in moods that often occur
  • Self-injurious and suicidal behaviors
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Family conflicts and peers
  • Explosion of anger
  • Eating disordered behaviors
  • Drug or alcohol abuse 
  • Bad coping skills

Great research has been carried out on DBT for teenagers and adults, and some randomized controlled research trials have shown its effectiveness. DBT experts treat many young people who struggle with emotional tides and help families who want to help their children manage these intense emotional fluctuations. DBT is a very good choice for those who want comprehensive care that teaches emotional, behavioral, and cognitive skills.