Adolescent Program

Teens learn DBT skills in an environment that fosters peer and clinician support while challenging them to utilize their skills to better navigate their internal and external worlds.


Our adolescent groups balance teaching DBT skills with encouraging peer connection and support. We attempt to create a nonjudgmental environment where teens can share openly about their struggles while receiving direct feedback and skills to help them better navigate their lives.

It has been shown that adolescents who have supportive and involved families tend to have greater success with skills practice and integration. Our program is designed not only to treat adolescents, but to offer support and encouragement to their families. Thus, an environment where adolescents’ skills are understood and encouraged is fostered.

Denver DBT currently offers three groups for adolescents—an early adolescent group (approximately ages 12-14) and two late adolescent groups (approximately ages 15-17). We recognize that a teenager’s chronological age does not necessarily represent their developmental age. We provide initial phone screens with parents and/or teens to ensure that the adolescent is situated in the most age appropriate group. Please visit the availability and fees page for the times and locations of each group.

Our early adolescent group and Monday late adolescent group both meet exclusively via telehealth. Our Thursday (Speer and I-25) late adolescent group is meeting via telehealth with one in-person group per month offered at an outdoor location (weather permitting); masks and social distancing practices are required to attend this group. We believe that adolescents, in particular, receive important benefits from in-person connections; thus, we are consistently evaluating creative solutions to facilitate this while considering best group practices as well as public health recommendations. For additional information about adolescent DBT, please call our intake coordinator at 303-332-8704.

The Program Includes:

  • Weekly 1.5-hour skills training covering mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
  • Weekly emails to inform family members/the adolescents’ support system of skills covered.
  • Optional monthly parent/primary caretaker support and skills information group (coming soon).
  • Optional family DBT sessions, as needed.
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