How to find a DBT Therapist:
- Behavioral Tech: if you are looking for a therapist that provides adherent DBT. When looking for adherent DBT, you want to find a therapist that can offer individual DBT therapy, phone coaching, access to a DBT skills group, and who is part of a DBT consultation team.
On-Line Mental Health Information Resources for Teens & Parents:
- Teen Mental Health: this Canadian-based website has lots of information about mental health including specific information about disorders, but also about the teen brain, the importance of sleep, and other issues impacting teens.
- Behavioral Tech: this DBT training website has definitions and resource lists with videos and useful information for teens and families about dialectical behavioral therapy.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention: website is dedicated to teen mental health with helpful information and additional resources.
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): great one-page fact sheet specifically for teens and the teen brain.
- Effective Child Therapy: the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology website offers resources related to evidence-based treatments and common mental health concerns for kids and teens. The site is primarily geared towards parents/caregivers, however, teens may find the information available helpful as well.
Links to Great Informational and Useful Videos:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic at Rutgers University: developed short videos explaining core DBT skills and tools.
- Is Stress Always a Bad Thing?: Associate Professor of the Practice of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dr. Bridgette Hard — says that the way we think about stress makes a huge difference in how stress affects us.
- What is Dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents (DBT)?: Great short video giving an easy to understand overview of DBT – by Dr. Esme Shaller, Clinical Psychologist at UC San Francisco.
- Quiet Kit: is a site with great interactive stress-relieving box breathing tools.
Mental Health Resources that can help Teens:
- Calm helps users with mindfulness and meditation.
- Sanvello (originally Pacifica) helps teens break the cycle of ongoing negative thoughts by using tools that target stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Calm Harm provides tasks to help users resist or manage the urge to self-harm.
- MoodPath helps teens to detect symptoms of depression.
- HeadSpace aims to improve the health and happiness of the world.
- 7Cups connects you to trained peer listeners for free emotional support.
- SparqTools: Rethinking Stress. Eleven brief videos show you how to rethink your stress and enhance your work and health.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454
- Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741
- Trevor Project (a national 24-hour toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth) Call 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678-678
Celebrities Speak Out:
- Born This Way Foundation: founded by Lady Gaga, is committed to supporting the wellness of young people, and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.
- SELF Magazine: Pete Davidson of SNL opens up about his BPD diagnosis.
- WebMD: Selena Gomez talks about how therapy changed her life.
- Women’s Health: Demi Lavato speaks out about her bipolar diagnosis.
- USA Today: NFL player Brandon Marshall talks about his BPD diagnosis.
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CBT explains that our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings are all connected and impact each other.
The way we interpret (or think about) a situation impacts how we feel and behave.
There are reasons that humans (and animals) have emotions – we need them to survive!