Who We Help
Adolescent and Family DBT
Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) is a treatment that can be effective for a wide range of teenage challenges. First, DBT-A is the treatment of choice for teens presenting with multiple, serious behavioral concerns – problems like self-harm, eating disorders, substance use, high-risk sexual behaviors, impulsive or oppositional behavior, and suicidal ideation or actions. DBT can also be helpful with problematic but less severe issues like interpersonal difficulties, moodiness, depression, anxiety, anger dyscontrol, and school avoidance.
Of note, at Columbus Park, we use a form of DBT-A that has been formally adapted to treat the needs of teens with eating disorders. This treatment is ideal for patients with eating disorders and other co-occurring emotional or behavioral difficulties like any of those mentioned above. DBT-A is structured to effectively target multiple concerns at the same time.