Adolescent DBT (DBT-A) Program

An adaptation of DBT was created to treat emotional instability in adolescents by Dr. Alec Miller & Dr. Jill Rathus.  In this program, the teen receives one-on-one treatment, but skills training is done with the teen & parents together in a multi-family skills class.  In this format, families can support each other while all learning and using the same skills, so that skillful behaviors can be rewarded & family conflict is reduced. The skills portion of this program is 28 weeks.

It is not uncommon during treatment for special family sessions to be needed to identify & resolve patterns of behavior which interfere with achieving specific goals.  The teen’s therapist works with the teen & the consultation team to determine when family sessions may be helpful.

DBT for adolescents (DBT-A) was developed by Jill Rathus & Alec Miller in New York City soon after Marsha Linehan, the founder of DBT, started training therapists in the mid-90s.  Together, Jill & Alec modified the original DBT program for adults to include parents & teens learning skills together & developed a skills module specifically designed to help parents & teens resolve conflict.  They also co-authored the manual for doing DBT with teens with Marsha Liniehan's help & wrote a skills training manual for DBT-A.

Meet Our DBT-A Therapists

Clarify Counseling’s DBT Therapists have received intensive DBT training by Behavioral Tech, LLC, the organization founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan to provide the official DBT training.

Kimberly A. Halley, LMFT

Ms. Halley, the founder of Clarify Counseling, in addition to offering DBT therapies, provides evidence-based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Jamie Martin, LPC

Mrs. Martin has also received specialized treatment for treating teens and families in DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills with Multi-Problem Adolescents

Andrea Furgala, LISW

Mrs. Furgala was trained in DBT-C during its development and has over 10 years of experience working with children and families in the mental health world.

Alyssa Jenkins, LPC-A

Ms. Jenkins interest in therapeutic research focusing on advocacy and multicultural competencies in the mental health field led to her discovery of and passion for DBT.