DBT for Adolescents (DBT-A)

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

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

Individual Therapy

Adolescents see a therapist weekly for a minimum of 24-weeks (6 months). Each week, they fill out a diary card that tracks change including behavior, emotions, and urges. Teens will 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

DBT-Skills Group is like a class where adolescents learn mindfulness, distress tolerance, how to regulate emotions, and how to communicate effectively. This group is a bit different; it doesn’t involve emotional processing or sharing highly sensitive information. It’s upbeat and focused on learning. Although most clients expect to hate it, but they usually end up surprised at how much it helps and admit that they are sad when they leave.

Click HERE to access our current skills training schedule

Phone Coaching

Adolescents participating in the DBT program at PSYCHē receive additional support between sessions in the form of telephone and text so they can receive "in-the-moment" crisis management and skills coaching from their individual therapist. Don’t worry caregivers, you can call your parent coach too!

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

Parent Coaching & Support

Kids don’t come with a handbook! That’s why caregivers with kids in therapy at PSYCHē meet with their own professional to learn therapist tips and tricks to help their child at home. These Parent Coaches create plans to help caregivers change things as quickly as possible—and when the behavior is life-threatening, time is of the essence!

Caregivers also have access to their parent coach between sessions via phone and email when they need advice on the spot.

Click HERE for more information on family services at PSYCHē