Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Please note: At this time we offer individual DBT and a modified format Adolescent DBT group for Minnesota and WI (learn more below).

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that focuses on developing healthier coping skills for those who struggle more significantly with emotion regulation and managing distress. DBT is a treatment developed for treating severe and persistent emotional and behavioral issues including self-injury, personality disorders, emotion regulation disorders, suicide and more.

DBT was developed by Marsha Linehan and was originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Linehan observed that people with BPD tend to have difficulty regulating emotions. Though the treatment was originally developed to treat BPD, research has shown it is helpful in treating depression, anxiety, self-harm, mood disorders and eating disorders.

Join Our Telehealth DBT Group for Adolescents

Our structured, virtual DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group offers adolescents a supportive environment to develop essential skills for managing emotions, handling stress, and improving relationships. The program is divided into four six-week modules:

  • Emotional Regulation: Learn to manage and understand emotions effectively.
  • Middle Path Concepts: Balance acceptance and change to navigate life's challenges.
  • Distress Tolerance: Develop strategies to tolerate and survive crises without making them worse.
  • Interpersonal Relationships: Improve communication and relationship skills.

Additional Skills Covered:

  • Mindfulness: Increase awareness and presence in the moment.
  • Self-Validation: Recognize and affirm your own experiences and feelings.
  • Problem-Solving: Learn effective strategies for overcoming challenges.
  • Coping Ahead: Prepare and plan for future stressors.

At the end of each module, a parent meeting provides updates and guidance on supporting your adolescent's growth.

Problems DBT Can Help Solve for Adolescents:

  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Stress management

Our current group meets Thursdays from 4-6 PM, and you are welcome to join at the end of any module. This flexibility allows you to start the journey towards emotional well-being at a time that suits you best.

For more information and to enroll, please contact us at 763-210-9966 or email admin@collaborative-counseling.com

Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT has been found to be especially helpful for those who are struggling with one or more of the following:

  • Managing Emotions
  • Cutting and Self-Injury
  • Anger Management
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Interpersonal Conflicts
  • Confusion About Oneself
In DBT, you will learn about five key areas:
  • Core Mindfulness – staying present, mindful and live in the moment
  • Emotion Regulation – managing strong emotions
  • Distress Tolerance – staying nonjudgmental and accepting
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness – improving your relationships with others
  • Walking the Middle Path – looking at all sides of a situation and finding balance

We Can Help

Counseling involves a collaborative process where you work with a trained professional who will support you in resolving personal conflicts and emotional difficulties. Common concerns focused on in DBT include:

Collaborative Counseling offers both individual DBT and group DBT services. Contact Us for more info.

Telehealth Services

Receive all your counseling needs from the comfort of your own home with telehealth. Our online therapy sessions combine the convenience of virtual mental-health support with top-notch client service. Meeting with your therapist is easy. Log in from a tablet, smartphone, or computer from our secure platform, Zoom to start your telehealth counseling service.

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