Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Adolescents and Their Families

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Adolescents and Their Families

Dakota Family Services provides an intensive, comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program to help adolescents manage and regulate their emotions and behaviors.

Who is the DBT Program for?

The program is for adolescents, ages 13-18, who are “stuck” in therapy, or engaging in dangerous behaviors like suicide attempts, aggression, and self-harm, that cause severe impairment to their (and their family’s) quality of life.

What should I expect from the DBT Program?

Dakota Family Services’ six-month DBT program, available both in-person (in Fargo) and virtually using sophisticated technology to optimize the group experience, is an all-encompassing treatment where adolescents and their parents learn new skills through individual therapy, multi-family skills groups, and phone coaching designed to build motivation, hope, and ability.

What makes this DBT Program different?

While some therapists use pieces of DBT in their practices, it is intended to be a comprehensive treatment that involves weekly individual therapy, a weekly skills group, phone coaching (adolescents and/or parents can text and call their therapist during the week, within certain rules), and a weekly consultation meeting for the therapists on the team.

The DBT Program we provide at Dakota Family Services is faithful to Dr. Marsha Linehan’s research-based model, and is the only comprehensive, intensive DBT program in North Dakota.

The DBT Program is covered by Medicaid and most private insurance companies.

To find out if Dakota Family Services’ DBT Program is right for your adolescent, contact Dakota Family Services at 701-551-7015, or read our blog on Understanding Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

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Dr. Hannah Baczynski

Hannah Baczynski, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, is excited to work with people of all ages—providing diagnostic and psychological evaluations for children as young as 2, as well as adolescents, and adults; and individual therapy for adolescents. Dr. Baczynski is a firm believer in using treatments well supported by research and that match the client's goals. When she finds and understands the "why" or the function of the behavior or difficulty a client is experiencing, she can work with them to find new, more productive, skills or behaviors. Dr. Baczynski work collaboratively with people to set goals so they get the most out of their time together. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, and completed her internship at the Utah State Hospital.

Dakota Family Services is a highly trusted and respected outpatient clinic providing psychology, psychiatry, and therapy in North Dakota. Our community of compassionate mental health professionals help children, adolescents, and adults improve their overall mental health and well-being through a personalized approach, trusted expertise, and unconditional presence. We offer in-office counseling in Fargo and Minot and online therapy for those who prefer to meet from the comfort of their own home. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more, call 800-201-6495.