Is a DBT Group the Right Fit for your Teen?

By Jessica Paist, LMFT

Wondering if a DBT skills group is the right fit for your teen? Answer the questions below and find out!

    • Does your teen sometimes feel "bad" or "upset" without knowing why?
    • Does your teen seem as though they are on an emotional roller coaster, with little control over extreme emotions?
    • Do your teen's emotions often get the best of them, leading them to do something they later regret? 
    • Does your teen tend to judge him/herself or make statements about disliking him/herself?
    • Does your teen tend to dwell on the negative?
    • Does your teen try to avoid feelings by shutting down?
    • Does your teen engage in self-destructive behaviors (like self-harm)?
    • Does your teen tend to ignore their own needs or happiness, but focus on making others happy?
    • Do they tend to struggle socially - becoming friends with others who don't treat them fairly, or having very intense relationships quickly?
    • Do they feel alone and/or misunderstood?
    • Do they tend to worry excessively?
    • Do they tend to struggle with standing up for themselves and being assertive?
    • Do they seem anxious, either caused by a specific trigger or for seemingly no reason?
    • Are they struggling with communication with family, peers, teachers?
    • Do they feel hopeless or unsure of whether things can improve?

    If you answered YES to at least 3 of these questions, a DBT skills group might be a great way to support your teen!