Dialectical Behavior Therapy For Teens

Adolescence is a period of intense emotions, self-discovery, and growth, but for some teenagers, navigating these emotional landscapes can be challenging. At Hillside Horizon, we recognize the importance of targeted and effective therapeutic interventions. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is one such approach that has shown remarkable success in helping teenagers develop emotional regulation skills.

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that combines principles of acceptance and change to help individuals, especially those with emotional dysregulation, develop healthier ways of managing their emotions. Created by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, DBT is particularly effective for individuals dealing with conditions such as borderline personality disorder, self-harm tendencies, and difficulties in emotion regulation.

Benefits of Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT offers a range of benefits, making it a powerful tool for teenagers and adolescents:

Emotion Regulation

DBT equips individuals with skills to identify, understand, and regulate intense and overwhelming emotions.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

It teaches effective communication skills, boundary setting, and assertiveness, enhancing interpersonal relationships.


DBT incorporates mindfulness techniques to help individuals stay present in the moment, reducing anxiety about the past or future.

Distress Tolerance

Individuals learn constructive ways to cope with distressing situations without resorting to harmful behaviors.

Reduced Self-Harm Behaviors

DBT is particularly effective in reducing self-harm behaviors by providing alternative coping mechanisms.

Problem-Solving Skills

It teaches practical problem-solving skills to address life’s challenges more effectively.

Our Approach to Treatment

Hillside Horizon adopts a comprehensive and individualized approach to Dialectical Behavior Therapy for teenagers and adolescents. Our team of experienced therapists, psychologists, and mental health professionals collaborates to create personalized treatment plans tailored to each teenager’s unique needs.

Our approach includes:

Assessment and Goal Setting

Conducting a thorough assessment to identify specific emotional challenges and collaboratively setting realistic goals for therapy.

Family Involvement

Including families in the treatment process to enhance understanding, communication, and support at home.

Skills Training

Offering structured skills training in mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

Application of Skills

Encouraging teenagers to apply the learned skills in real-life situations through homework assignments and practical exercises.

Individual and Group Sessions

Combining individual therapy with group sessions to provide a well-rounded treatment experience that addresses both personal and interpersonal aspects.

Community Engagement and Support

Encourages community engagement as part of our DBT approach. We help teenagers build a supportive network, fostering connections outside the therapeutic setting that contribute to long-term well-being.

Why Choose

Hillside Horizon for Treatment


Our team comprises experienced professionals with specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and adolescent mental health.

Individualized Care

Recognizing the uniqueness of each teenager’s experience, we tailor DBT sessions to address specific challenges and strengths.

Holistic Approach

Our treatment encompasses the physical, emotional, and social aspects of a teenager’s life, promoting overall well-being.

Collaborative Care

We work closely with teenagers and their families to ensure a comprehensive and cohesive approach to treatment.

Safe and Supportive Environment

Hillside Horizon is dedicated to providing a compassionate and non-judgmental space where teenagers feel secure to explore and enhance their emotional regulation skills.

Proven Success

Hillside Horizon has a track record of success stories, illustrating the positive impact of our DBT approach on the lives of teenagers.

Contact Us Today

If you believe Dialectical Behavior Therapy could benefit your teenager, Hillside Horizon is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward balancing emotions, building resilience, and fostering positive change.