Behavioral Programs for Teenagers
DBT Residential Treatment Center
Being a parent of a teenager is never easy, but when your teen is violent, depressed, or engaging in other risky behaviors, it can be overwhelming and scary to say the least.
Willow Springs offers a separate residential dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program. Created by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., DBT is a program designed to treat individuals with 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 at least one Axis I disorder and often are resistant to treatment due to this entrenched behavioral cycle, 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 population. Our specialized DBT team trained under Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., and consists of psychiatrists, therapists, nurses and direct-care coaches. Treatment is a highly structured form of behavioral therapy which teaches patients the skills necessary to regulate emotions, avoid self-destructive behaviors, improve interpersonal relationships and create lives worth living.
Our residential behavioral therapy program provides a unique opportunity for the residents to practice skills they have learned throughout the day. 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.