PSYCHē Individual Adolescent Therapy

PSYCHē's DBT-Adolescent (DBT-A) program has a reputation for keeping kids out of the hospital and residential treatment. When caregivers are active participants, we can help adolescents fast with issues of depression, suicidal thinking, self-harm, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In our program, parents and adolescents each work with their own team member. For caregivers, the parent coach focuses on teaching behavioral management and communication skills while teens focus on learning skills and talking through their emotions. 

PSYCHē therapists that practice individual adolescent therapy:


More about DBT for Adolescents

PSYCHē is the only outpatient practice in Tennessee with a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™


What to Expect in DBT-A

Individual Therapy

Adolescents attend weekly individual therapy sessions for 24-weeks. Each week, the adolescent completes a diary card focused on problematic behaviors and emotions. In addition to re-shaping behaviors, adolescents will gain an understanding for emotions for better regulation. We work on personal accountability, self-esteem, processing emotions, and choosing skillful behavior. 

Group Skills Training

Weekly DBT-Skills Training Groups cover tactile skills to increase mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT Skills Training Groups are didactic in nature and do not involve processing emotion-focused content. Most clients anticipate not liking DBT group and are usually surprised by the effectiveness of the skills!

Click HERE to access our current skills training schedule

Phone Coaching

Adolescents participating in the DBT program at PSYCHē receive support through telephone, text, and email in between sessions so they can receive "in-the-moment" crisis management and skills coaching. 

If one therapist isn't available, there is an entire team ready and waiting in the wings. 

Parent Coaching & Support

Parents will meet throughout the adolescent's treatment to gain education on behavioral management and support. Parent Coaches will establish an expectation plan to effectively reinforce skillful behaviors. 

Those participating in Parent Coaching also receive intersession support for in-the-moment assistance on contingency management. 

Click HERE for more information on family services at PSYCHē