“Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.”
Does your teenager seem to be struggling? Do you think that teen counseling on Long Island would be the best solution? For most parents of the teens who end up in DBT, they have gone to many therapists and nothing seemed to change. Often times the therapist would feel that they couldn’t help the child and the child felt the therapist wasn’t helping them. They were most likely correct in their observations. The therapists at Suffolk DBT J.L., LCSW really “get” these kids. The therapists have a way of helping them feel accepted in treatment and at the same time teach them a new way to manage their lives. By doing this, they begin to learn how to become the best version of themselves.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, In 2014, an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. DBT is a structured program that offers hope to adolescents and their families. It is specifically for teens with emotional difficulty, some of whom have suicidal ideation and self-harm behaviors. Most often they present as depressed, anxious, impulsive, and feeling fairly hopeless.
Adolescence is a time of change and is often a rocky road for children and their families. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a comprehensive treatment that has been shown to be effective in:
Decreasing frequency and length of hospitalizations
Learning more effective ways of coping with emotions
Increasing skills in creating and maintaining healthy relationships
Decreasing the impact of past trauma that has a current impact on one’s life
Increasing self-acceptance and respect
Developing awareness of urges, thoughts, emotions, and actions
Increasing the ability to accept being an emotionally sensitive child and learning how to manage this
DBT Can Be Helpful for:
Families facing conflict
Adolescents who have difficulty regulating their emotions
Adolescents involved in impulsive, self-destructive behavior
Diary Card: This is a card on which you track the intensity of your emotions and whether you have had urges to act on a target behavior, engaged in any target behaviors, or used DBT skills to help get through the week. This card is filled out once a day and brought to your individual therapy to guide the therapy session.
Phone Coaching: The opportunity to call your therapist in a crisis if you are having difficulty applying skills.
Weekly Skills Group
Meet with other teenagers who are similar and who want to improve their lives or are having difficulty doing so. The groups are positive and focused on acceptance and change. They are skills based. You will learn Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and the Middle Path.
Parents meet weekly to learn and apply the same skills their children are learning.
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“DBT doesn’t feel like therapy; therapy is boring and it is hard for it to be helpful to those who are unsure of their ability to get better. DBT shows you it is possible to get better, and feels more like life coaching than being psychoanalyzed.”
“I used to think I can live with how I was but DBT showed me a better me.”
“If it was not for DBT, I honestly don’t know where I would be in life today.”
“Often we don’t see our problems as problems, but it took DBT to help me see my problems and make me want to change for the better.”
“DBT did not change who I was, but instead it helped me become who I want to be.”
“DBT works if you work at it. Believe me, the outcome is worth it.”