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an adolescent boy listens to a therapist during dialectical behavior therapy During adolescence, your son will face more challenges than he’s ever been aware of. These hurdles can cause strong emotions to arise, which can be difficult to process on his own. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a popular, evidence-based method that can help him regulate his emotions and learn how to become more resilient when he’s stressed.

The adolescent therapy program at Family First is specifically designed to teen boys between 13-18. Our clinicians have more than 120 years of combined experience helping people discover better ways forward in life. Plus, with a three-to-one staff-to-client ratio, you can be sure your son will get the attention he needs as he reconnects with himself. Call 888.904.5947 now to find help for your son at our Palm Beach Gardens, FL, location.

Understanding DBT for Adolescents

Dialectical behavior therapy is an evidence-based method that helps individuals develop skills to manage emotions, improve relationships, and cope with difficult situations. This therapy is especially effective for adolescents facing mental health challenges.

DBT was originally developed to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD often causes intense, overwhelming emotions that can lead to issues like self-harm and outbursts. However, DBT has been proven effective for a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

Family First’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Florida

At Family First, we have tailored a specialized DBT program exclusively for adolescent boys. We seamlessly blend the principles of DBT with a trauma-informed care model to cater to the specific needs of our young clients. We pride ourselves on providing a secure and supportive environment where boys can learn and apply the invaluable skills imparted through DBT.

During dialectical behavior therapy sessions, teens at our center learn how to:

  • Identify and label their emotions
  • Regulate intense feelings
  • Communicate effectively
  • Build healthy relationships
  • Stay present in the moment and manage stress

Teens at our center connect with therapists using DBT methods in individual, group, and family sessions. Individual sessions help our therapists tailor treatment plans to each teen’s unique needs, while group and family sessions provide a supportive community where boys can learn from one another and their loved ones.

Benefits of a Teen DBT Program

Our dialectical behavior therapy program offers an array of benefits for adolescent boys living with mental health issues. Here are some key advantages:

Emotional Regulation

Family First’s DBT program empowers boys to recognize and regulate their emotions. This allows them to handle challenging situations in a healthier, more adaptive manner.

Improved Relationships

Boys acquire skills for effective communication, conflict resolution, and forming healthy relationships with peers, family members, and authority figures.

Distress Tolerance

Teens learn strategies to deal with distressing situations and manage intense emotions without resorting to self-destructive behaviors.


Mindfulness practices encourage boys to remain present in the moment, reduce anxiety, and enhance overall well-being.

From the most common to the most complex mental health issues, our experienced therapists utilize DBT and other methods to help boys build a brighter future and lead more fulfilling lives. Don’t hesitate to reach out and seek support for your son today.

Help Your Son by Calling Family First Adolescent Services Now

If your son is struggling with his mental health, the therapy programs at Family First can offer the safety, support, and care he needs. Our team of professionals, dedicated to helping adolescent boys thrive, will guide him in developing the skills necessary for a healthy, fulfilling life. Reach out to us online or by calling 888.904.5947 today to learn more about how we can accompany your son on his journey to a better future.