DBT – What is it and How Will it Help My Daughter?
As a parent, navigating the world of mental health treatments for your daughter can be both challenging and overwhelming. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that has proven effective in addressing a variety of mental health issues.
Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):
DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan and is rooted in cognitive-behavioral therapy principles. It was initially designed to treat individuals with borderline personality disorder but has since been adapted to help people with various emotional and behavioral challenges. DBT places a strong emphasis on acceptance and change, aiming to balance seemingly opposing concepts to facilitate personal growth.
How DBT Can Help Your Daughter:
Enhanced Emotional Regulation:
DBT provides your daughter with practical tools to manage and regulate her emotions effectively. This skill is invaluable during the often turbulent teenage years when emotional ups and downs are a common experience.
Improved Interpersonal Skills:
Adolescence is a time of social growth, and DBT helps your daughter navigate friendships, family relationships, and other interpersonal dynamics. Strengthening these skills can lead to healthier, more fulfilling connections.
Coping with Distress:
Life is full of challenges, and DBT equips your daughter with the ability to cope with distressing situations without resorting to harmful behaviors. These coping mechanisms are essential for her overall well-being.
Through mindfulness practices, DBT fosters increased self-awareness in your daughter. This heightened awareness can lead to improved decision-making, increased resilience, and a better understanding of herself.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy offers a structured and comprehensive approach to mental health, addressing the unique needs of adolescents like your daughter. By focusing on emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness, DBT empowers adolescents to navigate the complexities of adolescence with resilience and skill. Consider reaching out to mental health professionals to explore how DBT can be tailored to meet your daughter’s specific needs and contribute to her overall mental and emotional health.
Traditional Values for Modern Times
At Evangelhouse DBT Treatment Center for girls from Massachusetts, we have seen many issues over the years plague young girls in grades 6-12. Today’s issues are more profound than ever. It used to be that just picking a career, or finding a marital partner was the most a girl had to worry about.
Today’s modern fast-paced world is much different. Girls go online to socialize and connect. They are in social competitions for likes on social media, and they are pressured to take photos showing their best sides in the public for followers. Online bullying and other cyber pressures are unique to this generation of girls.
Below are 5 issues that are different today for girls:
From buying the right clothes to hanging out with the right people, fitting in today is harder than ever. Part of this is due to how publicly the typical teen lives thanks to the internet. Often, the pressure to fit in is too much. This is when the outside help of a therapeutic boarding school like Evangelhouse is warranted.
Teenagers have gotten more secluded in their virtual worlds. No longer are teens motivated by getting their own car or a job. It’s often difficult to find motivation for a young teen that does not involve something related to a screen. At Evangelhouse Christian boarding school for girls, we help girls find that inner spark and re-discover who they are.
Teens are surrounded by disrespect today. They see it in the movies they watch and the online games they play. It’s pervasive in modern music as well. Even female “role models” in modern pop music sing songs that are often disrespectful to themselves. At Evangelhouse Christian boarding school for girls, we help young ladies build self-respect through our positive peer culture.
Depression and Anxiety
Interacting mainly online has been linked to depression and anxiety. We look at photos of others online and it’s just human nature to compare. Being cooped up at home and cut off from the rest of the world only adds to the sensation.
Teens are suffering from depression and anxiety perhaps more than ever before. Many teens’ online “friends” will post only the best photos on vacation after taking multiple shots. This leaves followers feeling inadequate and that they are somehow missing out.
At Evangelhouse Christian boarding school for girls, we treat depression, anxiety, and a host of other issues. Individual, family, and group therapy interventions are structured within the Evangelhouse Lifeleaf™ system. This state-of-the-art system challenges students to work beyond symptom improvement. This unique integrative approach leads students to maturity, insight, and self-awareness. The blend of Christian values and professional clinical psychotherapy includes:
- Professional assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning
- Weekly individual therapy
- Weekly group therapy
- Parent and family therapy
- Weekly therapeutic emphasis groups
- Weekly DBT Therapy skills group
- The unique Evangelhouse stages of change system
- Experiential family therapy retreats
- EMDR Trauma Therapy is available as needed
If you have any questions about the program please call us at 1-800-924-4012 or visit our contact page.