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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Younger Teens
If your child is between the ages of 12 and 14 and struggling with emotional regulation (or dysregulation) and behavioral challenges, MHS may be able to help. We offer Early Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a treatment model that uses elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy to address a range of mental health concerns. Clients attend two sessions per week, and parents attend once per week to gain a greater understanding of how to help their young person. Our schedules are designed to fit the needs of working parents. At MHS, we understand how hard it is to watch your child struggle, and we know how to help.
If your child is 14, the intake assessment will determine which adolescent program is the best fit for them.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy began as a way to treat borderline personality disorder, a condition marked by suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors. However, over the years, it has evolved. It is now used with clients suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and substance abuse, to name a few. Through a combination of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness, DBT leads clients through the process of making long-lasting and meaningful changes in their lives. The goal is to give people the skills to self-manage through periods of intense or painful emotions. DBT is available to treat early adolescents, adolescents
The comprehensive Early Adolescent DBT program meets two times per week (Monday & Wednesday evenings or Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 4:30 pm–6:30 pm). Each program day includes DBT Skills Training for both children and parents, problem-solving time for children, and support and problem-solving for parents.
The length of the treatment program varies by client, disorder, and goals. Clients attend for as long as is necessary to achieve results. Every client starts with a comprehensive evaluation to determine if DBT is the right fit; from there, our team of therapists will lay out a comprehensive treatment plan. If you are already seeing a therapist who doesn't practice DBT, we are happy to work with the person so that the client doesn't have to stop seeing someone with whom he/she/they is already comfortable.
The Early Adolescent DBT Program requires individual therapy for its members but is designed to work with existing individual therapists. Our program therapists collaborate with other providers to create a coordinated treatment team for our members and their parents. Family therapy may also be recommended in some cases. The length of treatment is variable based on medical necessity and goal attainment. Call us today at (952) 835-2002 to schedule an intake assessment.