Doorways provides two DBT group options for adolescents in Phoenix, Arizona

  • DBT 101…open enrollment, join anytime.
  • DBT IOP … meets three days a week…more intensive skills training.

Contact us to find out more about DBT therapy for teens and young adults. We offer a free consultation for parents. 602-997-2880

What is DBT? 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a wide-ranging, evidence-based, cognitive behavioral treatment that has been shown to be a highly effective model for treating an array of disorders and problems. DBT is based on the theory that emotionally sensitive individuals tend to experience negative feelings more often, making it difficult for them to learn appropriate ways to regulate their emotions; this increases their tendency to engage in maladaptive behaviors to manage those negative feelings.

For example, if an individual is struggling to regulate his or her emotions, this group will support them in learning ways to manage the intense ups and downs in their feelings and moods.  This will allow for more calm conversations and interactions in relationships.  It will also support improving behaviors and preventing poor choices such as aggression, self-harming, or other high risk actions.

Our DBT IOPs are focused on providing psychoeducation and “in-the-moment” support.  Parents are incorporated for  weekly sessions where skills can be practiced with their teens.

The goals of DBT skills training are to improve emotion regulation, learn mindfulness, strengthen distress tolerance, and increase interpersonal effectiveness.

DBT was originally developed as a treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD).  DBT combines several different therapeutic approaches in an effort to help participants develop more comprehensive and extensive coping mechanisms.  This approach uses individual cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, mindfulness, reality testing, distress tolerance, assertiveness training, and group sessions to facilitate modifications in behavior.