Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, first developed by Marsha Linehan, is a staple therapy offered at Moonridge Academy.  DBT was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, but has since been found to be extremely effective in building skills for a variety of issues.  Teens struggling with emotional dysregulation, depression and social skills challenges can quickly learn and develop life skills to help balance the logic and emotion in any situation.  At each stage of a student's stay at Moonridge, they will learn and then apply DBT skills. Parents also learn DBT skills while their child is learning them.  

At Moonridge, we modify the teaching of DBT skills to meet the needs of younger teenagers.   We know that if a student is having fun and is engaged in what they are learning, the likelihood of them continuing to use their skills outside of therapy is greatly increased.  DBT skills are taught in group therapy sessions, as well as practiced in individual and family therapy.  Each of our monthly 3-day adventure trips has a DBT skill as it's theme. This skill is then taught and practiced during the trip.    

Both the therapists AND program staff are thoroughly trained and practiced in DBT.  We believe the DBT assumption that everyone is doing the best that they can AND we can all do better.  This fits perfectly into Moonridge's philosophy of acceptance and growth.