Children, Youth & Families
Intensive Outpatient Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Together we can build a hopeful path forward
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an intensive, long-term outpatient therapy program for older children, youth, and adults who experience suicidal thinking, self-harm, or other significant behavioral issues. This therapeutic approach typically lasts six months to a year, or longer if necessary. DBT may be an option for individuals who have not been helped by other therapeutic options, such as traditional psychotherapy (“talk therapy”). Upon referral, an assessment will be conducted to determine if DBT is the best path forward. Vona is licensed by Minnesota Department of Human Services as a Rule 29 clinic.
Build a hopeful path forward
Everyone needs help sometimes and seeking help is a sign of resilience and strength. People struggling to manage stress and regulate their feelings may also experience anxiety, depression, self-harming, and suicidal thinking. People living with these challenges may not have been helped by traditional psychotherapy (“talk therapy”). Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a proven approach to help address these concerns.
Every person is unique, which is why we never use a one-size-fits-all approach. A therapist works with each person to establish a care plan that is adapted to fit the needs of the person, considering both age and development as well. Together, our therapists work with the person they serve to build a hopeful path forward through weekly individual therapy, phone coaching, and weekly skills training.
Our DBT team is comprised of compassionate, dedicated, and experienced professionals who are licensed as psychologists, independent social workers, marriage and family therapists, or practitioners. The consultation team meets weekly to ensure care is coordinated and continues to meet the needs of each person served.
Skills coaching helps with day-to-day life and coping with difficult situations, by building skills such as:
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Commonly Asked Questions
DBT sessions may be scheduled via telehealth and at our office in New Hope:
Vona Center for Mental Health
9220 Bass Lake Road Suite 255
New Hope, MN
Whether an individual must change therapists depends on the qualifications of their current provider. Individuals must have a trained, experienced DBT therapist either from Vona Center for Mental Health or from a qualified outside provider.
How a specific individual participates in the program is a decision made by the individual therapist, participant, parent/guardian, and consultation team. The ultimate goal is to provide the best situation for the participant.
Individual DBT therapists outside of Vona Center for Mental Health may contact us with a signed release of information to facilitate a referral to our DBT skills training only.
DBT helps people learn new skills and strategies to cope with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships.