Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program for Adolescents and Teens

Intensive 6-Month Program

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program for Adolescents and Teens
DBT Program for Adolescents and Teens

Intended For

Adolescents and Teens, Ages 14 - 17, and their Parent(s)


Thursday Evenings Skills Group - 6:30 - 8:30pm - via Zoom

Comprehensive Treatment for Serious Conditions

The Ross Center offers a structured DBT program for teenagers aged 14-17, delivered via Zoom. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an empirically based treatment in which participants learn skills to improve managing their feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Extensive research supports DBT efficacy in treating suicidal and self-harming behaviors, anxiety, depression, disordered eating, substance use issues, borderline personality disorder and trauma.

The 4 modules of DBT consist of: Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Effectiveness. In the weekly multi-family group, teens and their parents will learn the techniques of each module. The other components of the structured program include weekly individual therapy, ongoing 24-hour skills coaching, and a dedicated team of clinicians.  If your child and family have been struggling with these difficult issues, the comprehensive DBT program at the Ross Center may offer the solution you’ve been seeking.

Entry dates for new participants:

New participants are welcome at the beginning of each new 6-week module. Inquire for more information.

Weekly Skills Group for Teens: 

Thursday evenings,  6:30 – 8:30pm delivered via Zoom  **Weekly skills groups with teens and their parent(s) will resume when in-person gathering is allowed.


At this time all sessions are being held remotely via telehealth using the Zoom platform. The program is open to residents of Virginia, and Washington DC.   

Required Commitment:

24 week program

Structured 4-Pronged DBT System:

  • Weekly Multifamily Skills Group for the teen and one or both parents/guardians
  • Weekly Individual Therapy with a dedicated DBT-trained therapist
  • Skills coaching and 24 hour phone consultation as needed
  • Ross Center provider support team

Group Leaders:

Maura Roll, LPC, CSAC and a team of Ross Center therapists, psychiatrists, and social workers with DBT-training.

For an excellent review of what DBT therapy looks like for adolescents,  Watch This Video

For more information or to register for this program, please contact:
Rocquel at 703-687-6610 or vainfo@rosscenter.com.

An assessment and initial consultation is required for admission into the program.

Learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy at The Ross Center.




  • Maura Roll , LPC, CSAC

    Psychotherapist and Director of DBT Program

    Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia

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