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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) uses cognitive and behavioral approaches to interrupt disruptive behaviors and transform them into more effective coping mechanisms. 

The research-based coping mechanisms involved in DBT are especially useful for adolescents experiencing serious problems, including: 

  • Chronic thoughts of suicide
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harming behaviors 
  • Substance abuse
  • Violence

Because DBT is so effective, we offer a group training class where your adolescent  and your parents  can learn DBT skills. Together, you can then support each other while implementing those skills into your lives. 

If a group setting is not for you, we have several DBT-trained therapists available for private sessions.

Group Type
Therapy
Day of Meeting
Mondays 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Evanston)
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Chicago)
Cost
$90 per class; intake session is $210.
Insurance Accepted
Blue Cross Blue Shield

What to Expect

Our DBT Skills Training Clinic helps you learn better ways to regulate and manage emotions. We do this by helping families learn to balance change with acceptance, which is especially effective for adolescents  a stage of life when managing emotions can be especially difficult.

Participant Requirements

We conduct an initial assessment before starting the group ($210).

Facilitator(s)

Christie Stiff, LMFT

Staff Therapist

Ms. Stiff is a staff therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and a member of both the Child, Adolescent, and Family Services and Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies teams. As a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) team, Ms.

Sydnie Dobkin, M.A., LCPC

Staff Therapist
Coordinator of Adolescent DBT Program
Therapy Service