DBT for Adolescents (DBT-A)

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

PSYCHē's DBT-Adolescent (DBT-A) program has developed a reputation for being extremely effective in keeping kids out of the hospital and other inpatient treatments. Caregivers learn how to create rapid improvement for adolescents with depression, suicidal thinking, self-harm, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Both caregivers and adolescents each receive their own providers who work together to maximize treatment.


What to Expect in DBT-A

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Individual Therapy

Adolescents see a therapist weekly for a minimum of 24-weeks (6 months) and many continue on for a year or more, depending on the need. Each week, adolescents fill out a diary card that tracks behavior, emotions, and urges to be unskillful. Teens learn coping skills in DBT Group Skills Training and how to apply them with the help of their individual therapist. The therapist is a personal advocate, cheerleader, and coach who teens can call between sessions when they are most in need help.


Group Skills Training

Both caregivers and adolescents have their own separate group, but they occur at the same time. The adolescent group is like a class with lessons in mindfulness, distress tolerance, how to regulate their emotions, and how to communicate more effectively. The parent group combines teaching behavioral principles with much needed support for caregivers who often desperately need a place to vent.

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Between Session Support

Adolescents & parents participating in a DBT program at PSYCHē are encouraged to contact their provider between sessions. Phone calls and texts allow for "in-the-moment" crisis management and skills coaching.

If one provider isn't available, the rest of the team is ready and waiting in the wings.

Parent Coaching & Support

Kids don’t come with a handbook. That’s why caregivers with children in therapy at PSYCHē meet with a parent coach to get a behavioral therapy education. Parents learn tips and tricks to implement with their child at home. Coaches create plans to assist caregivers in changing things as quickly as possible—and when the behavior is life-threatening, time is of the essence!

Click HERE for more information on family services at PSYCHē

Listen to our Warning-Chore Consequence Protocol podcast for tips on how to shape a child’s behavior quickly and while you’re at it check out our other PSYCHe Says podcasts for more helpful tricks and tips.