Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Teens

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy designed to treat individuals with difficulty regulating emotions and behaviors. DBT has been adapted for multi-problem teens and their families. The goals of this treatment are to replace problem behaviors with more adaptive ways of coping with distress and to help individuals create a life worth living. DBT is considered an effective therapeutic approach for teens who exhibit the following types of behaviors: difficulty regulating emotions, impulsive behaviors, chaotic relationships with peers and adults, and family conflicts.