Behavioral Programs for Teenagers
DBT Residential Treatment Center
Being a parent of a teenager is never easy, but when your teen is depressed, reacting with violence or engaging in risky behaviors, it can be overwhelming and scary to say the least. Willow Springs is here to help with our specialty programs.
Willow Springs offers a separate specialized residential dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program. Created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., DBT is a program designed to treat individuals with emotional regulation issues often seen in those who are developing borderline personality disorder, or traits of this disorder. Our DBT center is most appropriate for suicidal teens who exhibit severe, chronic forms of emotion dysregulation with multiple coexisting problems, as well as for youth struggling with emotion dysregulation, chaotic relationships, impulsivity, para-suicidal behaviors, and identity disturbance.
Chronic emotion dysregulation results in a vicious cycle of impulsive, self-destructive, or otherwise harmful behaviors. Many of these patients present with co-occurring disorders and have not responded to usual treatment due to this entrenched behavioral cycle driven by emotional regulation issues and a lack of skills, resulting in frustration, exhaustion of families, and cost to payers.
The DBT treatment model has been extensively researched and validated to be effective even with the most challenging mentally ill populations. Our intensively trained DBT team consists of psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, and direct-care coaches. Treatment is a highly structured form of behavioral therapy that teaches patients skills that are necessary to regulate their emotions, build distress tolerance, avoid self-destructive behaviors, improve interpersonal relationships, and create lives worth living through mindfulness and skill practice. Your child will leave Willow Springs with a set of life skills that, if used, will help them in everyday living. We believe in using skills, not just talking about them. One of these skills is called Urge Surf, which teaches your child how to handle destructive urges without acting on them or judging themselves for having them.
Our residential behavioral therapy program provides a unique opportunity for the residents to practice skills they have learned throughout the day in order for them to generalize those skills in everyday life. Our committed and talented treatment team is clinically sophisticated and dedicated to whole-family healing and the restoration of hope in the lives of those we serve. You will be asked to be part of the treatment through family therapy, onsite visits, and a 20 hour weekend training to aid in the support for the entire family.