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 For teens who are ready to go from overwhelmed with big emotions to coping with confidence in just 4 weeks.

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When your teen is coming from a higher level of care like inpatient or partial hospitalization, ensuring that they receive proper treatment is critical so that they can successfully transition back to their everyday life while maintaining stability.

The DBT Intensive Program is perfect for the teen who may:

  • Sometimes feel “bad” or “upset” without knowing exactly why

  • Make critical judgments or statements about disliking themselves

  • Avoid feelings by shutting down or self-harming

  • Tend to dwell on the negative parts of life

  • Feel hopeless or like they have nothing to look forward to in life

  • Ignore their own needs, but focus on wanting others to be happy

  • Get into unhealthy relationships with people who don’t treat them fairly

  • Have a hard time standing up for themselves

  • Switch friend groups often or cut others off easily

  • Feel misunderstood or alone

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The Curriculum

4 weeks of skills, self-expression and support for your teen!

Class 1

Your teen will learn how to tune into their thoughts and emotions and "Wise Mind" so that they can feel big emotions while also making safe, healthy and effective decisions, without impulsive behaviors that often make the situation worse.  

Class 2

Your teen will learn to recognize self-criticisms and judgments and let go of pressures and comparisons so they can rebuild a positive self-image and fully accept themselves for who they are while also learning the skills to live as their best selves.

Class 3

Your teen will learn the distract, self-soothe and improve the moment skills to get through moments that are tough when they can't change or solve the problem right away.  This is the concrete toolbox of coping skills that'll help your teen in everyday stressful situations to prevent them from escalating into crises.

Class 4

When you continue to try to change people or situations that cannot be changed, YOU struggle. This is when acceptance is key.  Your teen will practice acceptance of difficult thoughts and situations and learn to navigate life's difficulties in ways that open up opportunity, rather than keeping them stuck in suffering and struggle.

Class 5

When you avoid or escape feelings or act on urges to make them go away temporarily, they always come back and the behaviors that create short-term relief almost always make your life harder in some way.  Your teen will learn exposure strategies to endure emotions that are safe but uncomfortable so that they can feel their feelings in healthy ways that allow them to form closer connections and better express themselves.

Class 6

There are ways that you can decrease your vulnerability to feeling overwhelmed by emotions AND ways to increase your experiences of happiness and connection, even when you have depression or anxiety.  Your teen will learn how to create and accumulate positive experiences while also practicing self-care skills to nurture themselves on a regular basis and maintain a healthy balance.

Class 7

Knowing what you want and having a way to ask for it confidently is the fastest and healthiest way to get your needs met without arguments or behaviors that make life harder.  Your teen will learn and practice an assertiveness script to enhance confidence and will explore and remove barriers to being effective in relationships.

Class 8

When you stick to your values, live honestly and show interest in others you can feel good about yourself and maintain your relationships too.  Your teen will explore what it means to live within their values and celebrate the transformative progress made in skill-building over the past four weeks!

The Details

The DBT Intensive Program is a 4 week commitment, with classes on Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 to 5 PM

A Comprehensive Intake Assessment is required for entry into the program at a one-time fee of $160.

The program investment is $150 per week for 4 weeks.

A portion of the cost may be reimbursable by insurance

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