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Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Self-Injuring Teens: Short-Term Treatment for Lifetime Skills


A 16-week intensive program based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), teaching coping skills to adolescents in the following areas:

Core Mindfulness

  • Learning to be in control of your own mind, rather than allowing your mind to be in control of you.

Distress Tolerance

  • Learning how to get through difficult moments without making things worse.

Emotion Regulation

  • Learning cognitive and behavioral techniques for reducing vulnerability to emotional stressors, and for enhancing the ability to cope with them.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Learning how to negotiate more effectively for what you want, how to say no, and how to decide when to do so.

Finding the Middle Path

  • Learning how to live a balanced life.

Treatment is provided through:

Weekly Individual Psychotherapy Sessions

  • Use Behavioral Analysis to understand problems and identify appropriate coping skills.
  • Address obstacles to using new skills.
  • Troubleshoot treatment problems.
  • Maintain emotional support

Weekly Family Skills Groups

  • Skills are taught to patients and family members (parents) in a multi-family group format, to help parents understand and assist their youngsters.
  • The skills group setting provides group support for both parents and patients.
  • Homework assignments (for patients and parents) are given, consisting of daily practice of skills.
  • Homework review at each group session reinforces the previous week's skills practice.


For further information about the Adolescent DBT Program, or to arrange for a consultation, please call 914-682-6983.

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