DBT Skills Intensive Outpatient Program Phoenix

The DBT Skills Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Doorways is for males and females ages 13 to 18. It is open enrollment, which means you may join at any time.
This program is designed specifically for adolescents who are struggling with:
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Self-Harm/Suicidal Idealization
  • Poor emotion regulation
  • Difficulty establishing/maintaining healthy relationships
  • Substance use


Contact us to find out more about DBT therapy for teens and young adults. We offer a free consultation for parents. 602-997-2880

What is DBT Group Therapy?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a wide-ranging, evidence-based, cognitive behavioral treatment. DBT has been shown to be a highly effective model for treating an array of disorders and problems.

DBT Group Therapy is based on the theory that emotionally sensitive individuals tend to experience negative feelings more often, making it difficult for them to learn appropriate ways to regulate their emotions. This increases their tendency to engage in maladaptive behaviors to manage those negative feelings.

Benefits of DBT Group Therapy

For example, if an individual is struggling to regulate his or her emotions, this group will support them in learning ways to manage the intense ups and downs in their feelings and moods.

This will allow for more calm conversations and interactions in relationships.  It will also support improving behaviors and preventing poor choices such as aggression, self-harming, or other high-risk actions.

How DBT Group Therapy Works

Our DBT IOPs are focused on providing psychoeducation and “in-the-moment” support.  Parents are incorporated for weekly sessions where skills can be practiced with their teens.

The goals of DBT skills training are to improve emotion regulation, learn mindfulness, strengthen distress tolerance, and increase interpersonal effectiveness.

Origins of DBT

DBT was originally developed as a treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD).  DBT combines several different therapeutic approaches in an effort to help participants develop more comprehensive and extensive coping mechanisms.

This approach uses individual cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, mindfulness, reality testing, distress tolerance, assertiveness training, and group sessions to facilitate modifications in behavior.


Where Does DBT Group Therapy Happen

All DBT Group Therapy sessions are located at the Doorways counseling offices.

4747 N. 7th, Suite 450
Phoenix, AZ 85014

See our contact page for a map to determine if this location is near you. You can also call or send a message to get more information about Doorways and our DBT groups for teens.


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