Who Can Benefit


Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, is a comprehensive model of therapy, developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and awareness principles.


DBT is designed for individuals struggling with chaotic emotions, relationships and life patterns. The focus of DBT is on providing alternative coping skills to maladaptive behavior and skills to improve the quality of life.


Clients work with their therapist to:

• Cope with stress

• Stabilize mood

• Manage intense feelings

• Control impulsive behaviors

• Live in the present

• Maintain healthy relationships


Program Description:

This group is a part of a larger DBT program that has been state certified . Our program has operated for many years with well trained , skilled and highly educated therapists. Professionals working with the client or family member may make a referral to the DBT program.


Clients must be engaged in individual therapy on a minimum every­ other-week basis with a DBT trained therapist at FLMHC. Clients and parents are asked for a twenty-five (25) week time commitment; they are also given homework and provided opportunity to practice new skills in sessions and groups.


Skills training group consists of two hour weekly psychoeducational groups for sixteen (16) weeks with the parent(s) and adolescent. The first hour is home work review where the adolescents and parents are in separate groups. Both parents and adolescents are required to complete and review homework in their respective groups. The second hour the parent(s) and adolescents come together and learn new lessons and apply skills. Homework is assigned at the end of the lesson for each week.


Program Goals


Groups focus on teaching and practicing coping skills in the areas of:


• Core mindfulness

• Interpersonal effectiveness

• Emotion regulation

• Distress tolerance

• Walking the middle path



Who Can Benefit?


Clients who struggle with:

• Inadequate sense of self

• Low self esteem

• Impulsive self damaging behavior and/or suicidal behavior

• Rapid switches of affect and mood, intense emotions

• Chaotic relationships, fear of abandonment, and an inability to sustain relationships

• Dissociation, depersonalization


Diagnostic categories appropriate for referral include, but are not limited to:

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Conduct Disorder

• Oppositional Defiant Disorder

• Disruptive Behavior Disorder

• Borderline Personality Disorder

• Dissociative Disorders

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder




Following the completion of an initial assessment by a therapist, clients will be contacted with notification of when each group will begin. The groups are held during evening hours, one day per week. The thera­pist will try to match each person to the best time, date and group that will best fit the client's needs.



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