Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a therapy that has demonstrated effectiveness in helping youth and adults who struggle with extreme emotional responses and may engage in self-harm, substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual acting out, or other extreme behaviors. Through this program, clients learn coping techniques to manage intense emotions, decrease emotional distress, and improve interpersonal relationships.

The DBT-informed program at The Buckeye Ranch has two components: a weekly Multi-Family Skills Group and Family Therapy. The skills group is a 16 week commitment and requires the joint participation of a parent/caregiver. Each week the group will engage in a mindfulness practice, learn a specific coping strategy, and review a homework assignment from the previous week. The caregiver will learn the skills along with the client in order to help the client learn how to utilize the skills in their everyday lives.