Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Groups for Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, and Parents

Teen DBT Group**This group will be held virtually through video until further notice.**

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. 

DBT is the balance of change and acceptance held in the belief that your teen has the desire and ability to grow and change. The skills they will learn can make a significant impact on their future success.

How to know your child needs DBT?                                                      

Does your teen ever…

  • Feel sad or angry and they don’t know why or have a critical or negative self-view
  • Sleep too much or too little
  • Have sudden weight gain or loss
  • Focus on making others happy while neglecting their own needs
  • Experience emotional outbursts

Has your teen…

  • Express a feeling of hopelessness or concern about having nothing to look forward to in life
  • Been avoiding emotions by turning to self-harm, substance abuse, or shutting down
  • Become involved in unhealthy relationships where they are treated badly
  • Started making impulsive decisions
  • Had a sudden change in academic performance


DBT Therapy will help your teen:

  • Regulate emotions so they can respond instead of reacting to situations and communicate more effectively with parents and others so they will feel more supported, heard, and less judged        
  • Learn concrete coping strategies to deal with difficulties so that they no longer respond with impulsive behavior at the moment and recognize avoidant 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


A DBT Group for Parents will help:

  • You learn the same skills that teens are learning in DBT groups. So you can practice with each other and work on skills coaching at the moment.                                                                                 
  • Parents will be able to use their own DBT skills to help regulate their own emotions as well as offering support to their teen when a teen is in crisis.                                                                            
  • You apply DBT to multiple areas of your life and feel more of an understanding and ways to connect with your teen.


“My daughter is doing really well and looks forward to the (online) meetings. The online sessions feel the same as meeting in person.”

Teen DBT Skills Groups Details:

Age Requirement

Must be in middle school or high school.


Middle School DBT Support Group


The Middle School group meets Thursday evenings from 6-7 PM and is an ongoing group.




High School Teen DBT Support Group


The High School group meets Thursday evenings from, 7-8 PM and is an ongoing group.




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


Weekly email update sent to parents

The teen and parent group is once a month – Last Thursday of the month 7-8:30 pm

One parent will be asked to attend with their teen the group once a month. 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.


5225 Katy Fwy, Suite 103, Houston, TX, 77019


$225 per month -with a 6-month commitment. The group curriculum is 6 months total.


DBT Skills Group for PARENTS of Teens:

DBT Skills Group for Parents of Teens

This group is for:

Parents and/or caregivers who are living with teens with emotional dis-regulation and need help learning skills to respond effectively to their teen, and help their teen regulate their emotions, mood swings, self-harm, and anger outbursts.


Weekly on Fridays, from 12-1 PM.


1501 Crocker St, Houston, TX 77019. This group is being held virtually at this time.


Marcie Dinkin, LCSW is a DBT, teen, and family therapist.


 $65 per session; $260 month

Parent of Teens Skills WorkshopParents of Teens Skills & Support Workshop:

This 60-minute free monthly workshop for PARENTS of teens will help you understand how teens get triggered and give you concrete tools for how you can help in the moment to de-escalate emotions and learn skills to communicate effectively with your teen.

*This is an interactive monthly workshop for parents (moms) of teens in the Greater Houston area. Join us on the second Tuesday of the month from 12-1 PM*