How Can A Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group Help My Teen?
If your teen is struggling to establish or maintain healthy relationships, or manage their emotions, or engages in impulsivity that interferes with school functioning or relationships, consider exploring how DBT skills groups can help.
DBT skills groups for teens helps teens in various ways including:
DBT skills groups teach your teen valuable skills for emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. These skills are evidence-based, practical and can be used in real-life situations to manage emotions, handle stress, and improve relationships.
Being part of a skills group provides your teen with the opportunity to interact with peers who may be facing similar challenges. Sharing experiences and learning together can create a sense of belonging and reduce feelings of isolation. (*Parents often ask: ‘is my teen going to be influenced negatively by others peers in our groups?’ Our groups are solution-focused and guide teens to share experiences that are minor in emotional intensity and everyone can relate to. Similar to learning a new skill in a sport, coaches begin with easy challenges to practice new skills and build from there. Our practice offers private phone coaching to enhance skill-building by discussing the use of skills with more challenging personal experiences one on one).
Normalization of Struggles:
In a DBT skills group, your teen will learn that they are not alone in facing life’s challenges. Seeing others work on similar issues can reduce shame or self-blame and help normalize their experiences.
Practice in a Controlled Environment:
Skills groups offer a safe space for your teen to practice new techniques and strategies before applying them in real-life situations. They can receive feedback from both the therapist and peers, enhancing their understanding and proficiency. We use engaging activities to help facilitate exercise of DBT skills.
DBT skills groups follow a structured curriculum, ensuring that your teen receives a comprehensive education on DBT skills. This structured approach helps them develop a well-rounded toolkit for managing emotions and life’s challenges.
Attending a skills group provides a level of accountability for your teen to consistently practice and integrate the skills they’ve learned into their daily life. Our phone coaching, which is included as a service to our DbT skills groups for teen, offers one to one coaching where the coach assesses your teens’ skill competency, and coaches them on effective execution of the skills learned in group.
Our skills groups often include homework assignments that encourage your teen to practice and reinforce the skills outside of the group setting. This helps ensure the skills become more ingrained and natural over time.
DBT skills groups are led by trained therapists who create a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Your teen will receive guidance and encouragement from both the therapist and their peers.
Generalization of Skills:
The skills learned in a DBT group can be applied to various areas of your teen’s life, including school, family, friendships, and future endeavors.
Participating in a DBT skills group can equip your teen with valuable skills that they can carry with them throughout their life. These skills can contribute to improved emotional well-being and resiliency, healthier relationships, and greater overall life satisfaction.
Before enrolling your teen in a DBT skills group, it’s advisable to consult with a mental health professional to ensure that it’s an appropriate fit for their needs. Additionally, involving parents or caregivers in the process can enhance the effectiveness of the skills learned in the group. In our practice we offer a parenting skills and support group for parents. Our groups run in person and virtually throughout the year. If you want to learn more, call us at (954) 477-7455 for a complimentary consultation and we would be happy to answer any questions you have.