Adolescent Programme

The Adolescent Programme is intended for adolescents who struggle to manage intense and unstable emotions (affect dysregulation). The treatment addresses repetitive self-harming behaviours, and/or recurrent suicidal gestures.

As a priority, the Adolescent Service maintains teenagers in school, and at home with their families, while engaging in an after-school therapy programme at The Day Clinic. This includes both weekly skills-based group afternoon sessions, and weekly individual psychotherapy.

The programme is appropriate for adolescents with clinical diagnoses including Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, Substance Misuse, Disruptive Behaviour Disorders, including severe ADHD, and Bipolar Mood Disorders.

Skills that are useful in everyday life

The Adolescent Programme is facilitated by a team of specialist therapists with a passion for working with young people (psychologists, a social worker, occupational therapist, and a psychiatrist). The team works in an integrated way with referring professionals and families.

The focus of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) treatment is on Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Relationship Difficulties. Each week the adolescent participants are helped to try, apply, and practice the skills in her/his everyday life.

DBT for adolescents requires considerable involvement of parents/guardians. Parents with children participating in a DBT programme benefit from being involved in support sessions with DBT therapist/s. This not only familiarises parents with the modules and the language that their teens are being taught in DBT, but also guides them in ways in which to reinforce treatment in the homes.