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Teen Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group

Teen DBT GroupDBT is the balance of change and acceptance; the belief that the teen has the desire and ability to grow and change. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based approach that teaches cognitive techniques to help your teen make healthy and effective choices to create a life they will love and be proud of.

  • Does your teen sometimes feel sad or angry and they don’t know why
  • Does your teen have a critical or negative self-view
  • Have you discovered your teen is avoiding emotions by turning to self-harm, substance abuse, or shutting down emotionally
  • Has you teen expressed a feeling of hopelessness or a concern that they have nothing to look forward to in life
  • Does your teen focus on making others happy while neglecting their own needs
  • Have you found your teen constantly becoming involved in unhealthy relationships where they are treated badly
  • Has you teen started making impulsive decisions
  • Does your teen sleep too much or too little
  • Has you teen had sudden weight gain or loss
  • Does your teen experience emotional outbursts
  • Have you seen a change in your teen’s academic performance

If your teen is experiencing any of these symptoms, or others that you are concerned about, learning DBT skills can be helpful. The time that they will spend in this group and the skills they will learn can make a significant impact on their future success.

DBT Therapy will help your teen:

  • Regulate emotions so they can respond instead of react to situations
  • Communicate more effectively with parents and others so they will feel more supported, heard, and less judged
  • Recognize avoidance behaviors, such as self-harm and substance abuse, as not being a helpful or effective solution, and consciously manage those behaviors while utilizing healthier coping strategies
  • Be happy, even under the many stresses of teenage life

DBT Skills Group Details:

Ages 14-19

Facilitator: Vanessa Guidry is a Houston DBT therapist leading the group. Vanessa specializes in children, teens and families.

Time: The group meets Thursday evenings 7-8pm and is an ongoing group.

Updates: Weekly email update sent to parents

ParentsParent group once a month – Last Thursday of the month 7-8:30pm. One parent will be asked to attend the group once monthly together with their teen. The purpose of this group is to help integrate the DBT skills the teen is learning into the parent-child relationship. Parents will benefit from learning skills they can use with their teen, particularly when their teen is engaging in any of the behaviors listed above.

Location: 1501 Crocker Street, Suite #2, Houston, TX 77019

Cost: $225 per month -with a 9 month commitment. The group curriculum is 9 months total.