What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?
Dealing with your child’s emotional and destructive behavior is stressful. It’s time to breathe. Our clinical staff is here to bring hope back into your life and family.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a particular type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. to help better treat individuals with multiple and severe personality traits.
Led by Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., DBT is the cornerstone of Willow Springs’ adolescents program. The entire DBT clinical team has completed intensive dialectical behavior therapy training from Dr. Linehan, and her colleagues at the University of Washington.
DBT therapy 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.
Residents are housed in a highly secured, 40-bed DBT center. Here they will receive intensive, highly structured individual, group and family therapy to learn the necessary skills to regulate emotions, avoid self-destructive behaviors, improve interpersonal relationships and create a sense of self-worth. We also take a holistic approach to treatment including exercise, art therapy, and nutritional counseling.
Our intimate residential setting provides an opportunity for the residents to practice the dialectical behavior therapy skills they have learned throughout the day.