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DBT Skills Groups for Teens

Teen DBT Skills Group

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an intensive therapeutic approach teaching social-emotional and resilience skills for life enhancement. It is an evidence-based treatment with skills that focus on mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness and communication, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.

CHC offers three therapeutic skills groups for middle and high school teens:

  • DBT Skills Group for High School Teens
  • Applied DBT Skills Group
  • Middle School Multi-Family Skills Group

DBT Skills Group for High School Teens

In this group, teens learn and practice DBT skills that they can use to regulate emotions and behaviors, enhance mood, improve relationships and engage in effective problem solving and communication.

High school-aged teens struggling with emotion regulation issues, past history of self-injurious behavior and/or suicidal ideation can join this group; participants must be seeing a regular outpatient therapist outside of group.

  • Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm (in 8-week modules). Families must commit to 8 weeks minimum.
  • $840 for 8 weeks of 1.5 hour sessions
  • Facilitated by Emily Sullivan, LMFT & Christine Pearston, PsyD
  • Download the group flyer.

Applied DBT Skills Group

This weekly group reviews DBT skills and features peer to peer support as teens learn to generalize DBT skills into their lives and continue to practice the hallmarks of DBT therapy.

Please ask your therapist about joining this group or contact us to learn more: 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org.

Middle School Multi-Family Skills Group

This is a weekly group for middle school teen and parent(s) that focuses on teaching DBT skills in a multi-family setting.

This skills-based group is for middle school youth with difficulty regulating mood and behaviors and/or related relationship challenges. Parents and teens will learn a structured DBT curriculum that offer skills to support stress tolerance, strong emotions and communication. Parents will learn to support their teens using DBT skills, and will learn skills they can apply to their own lives too.

  • Middle school youth with difficulty regulating mood and behaviors and/or related relationship challenges can benefit from joining the Multi-Family Skills Group.
  • Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm (in 12-week modules). 
  • Facilitated by Emily Cree, PsyD and Anna Parnes, PhD
  • Download the group flyer.

Get Started Today

If you are already being seen at CHC, please ask your therapist about joining the group. If not, please have a parent call or email a Clinical Services Coordinator: 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org.

While these groups are insurance-based, Medi-Cal Insurance is not accepted at this time. Financial assistance is available.