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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.

Who can benefit from DBT?

  • Pre-Teens and Teens who have some challenges in the following areas:
    • Emotional dysregulation
    • Interpersonal relationships
    • Impulse control
    • Depression and anxiety issues
    • Self-harm, such as cutting
    • Suicidal ideation, urges and attempts
    • Issues related to trauma
    • Self-esteem issues
    • Substance abuse
    • Disordered eating
    • Other high-risk behaviors
  • Pre-teens Groups: ages 8-12
  • Teens Groups: ages 13-17

What are DBT skills?

  • Core Mindfulness: A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations, technique.
  • Emotion Regulation: A person’s ability to effectively manage and respond to an emotional experience.
  • Distress Tolerance: An ability to stand up to or manage the experience of negative emotions that may seem overwhelming or unbearable.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness: How to build and maintain positive relationships.
  • Walking the Middle Path: A skill developed especially for teens and their parents. This skill helps to bridge communication between parents and teens to maintain a relationship during this challenging time.

How long are the groups?

The DBT Groups are a 6-week commitment for both the caregiver and the client.

Learn more

Visit The Children’s Center at 79 Alexandrine West, Detroit MI, 48201 or give us a call at 313.831.5535.