DBT for Adolescents

Evidence-based and proven, DBT for Adolescents offers the fastest, and most effective path back to health for 11-year-olds thru 16-year-olds suffering from anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders and more.

Darryl Christie is an accredited dialectical behaviour therapist (one of the first in the UK) and a subject matter expert in DBT and multi-published researcher who’s been featured on the BBC, XYZ, and the OOLA.


Drug & Alcohol Abuse

If your adolescent is abusing drugs or you have a child with an alcohol addiction, DBT’s proven path to recovery through mindfulness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance skills can help.

Suicidal Thoughts

DBT for Adolescents provides an evidenced-based lifeline if your teenager is experiencing suicidal thoughts, offering a structured approach to building life skills that foster hope and resilience.


The expert guidance from DBT-UK can teach your teenager to transform self-harm behaviors, teaching families coping mechanisms that promote safety, self-respect, and emotional healing.

Out of Control behavior

Adolescent DBT tackles out of control behavior, teaching your child to stop out of control and dangerous behaviors for emotional regulation and safer decision-making.

Eating disorders

Discover how DBT for Adolescents offers effective coping strategies when a teenager has an eating disorder, empowering them to rebuild a healthy relationship with food and body image.

Family conflict

If your adolescent is the source of family conflict and you feel like you’ve lost control, DBT offers an evidence-backed process and solution which can bring your family back into balance. 


Discover the ways in which DBT for Adolescents equips teenagers facing depression with essential skills, nurturing resilience and emotional balance for a more hopeful and stable tomorrow.


Learn about the benefits of DBT in alleviating anxiety in adolescents, and healing teenagers with mindfulness and stress management techniques to navigate their worries more effectively.


Who can benefit from DBT?

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). However, over the years DBT has shown to help a wealth of different mental health diagnosis and issues such as emotion dysregulation, depression, anxiety, anti-social behaviours, OCD, anger issues, addiction and Bi-polar disorder. Along with being an effective treatment for those with neurodiverse diagnosis such as ADHD and Autism.

Can DBT help stop suicidal thoughts in my adolescent/teen?

Yes! DBT has shown to decrease suicidal behaviours and/or thoughts in both adults and adolescents. Research has shown that 77% of clients who did the DBT group sessions for two rounds decreased suicidal ideations and self-harm. How we do this is by teaching clients a mixture of psychological and cognitive skills which enable them to create a life worth living and to tackle intrusive thoughts.

What therapists in the UK treat adolescents?

What you said and then, rather than their work featured in put,…They have worked in different settings from the NHS to The Priory along with charities, in schools and in adolescent inpatient settings. We have specialists in treating adolescents with ADHD and Autism diagnosis to those who specialize in working with adolescents with extreme self-harm.

What kind of therapy can help my teenager?

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) for adolescents is a specialized form of therapy that can be highly effective for teenagers dealing with emotional and behavioral difficulties. It focuses on teaching skills in four key areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This approach helps teenagers learn how to manage their emotions, navigate challenges, improve their relationships, and make healthier choices. DBT for adolescents often includes individual therapy, skills training groups, and may also involve family sessions to support and reinforce learning and application of skills. It’s particularly beneficial for teens struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder traits. By participating in DBT, your teenager can gain the tools they need to build a more stable, fulfilling life.

What if my child doesn’t like their therapist?

If your child doesn’t connect well with their therapist, it’s important to address this concern as the therapeutic relationship is crucial for effective treatment. In the UK, particularly for those seeking services in or around London, there are many options to consider. One approach is to discuss your child’s feelings with the therapist directly; a skilled therapist will understand and may suggest adjustments to better meet your child’s needs.

Alternatively, exploring other therapists who specialize in working with adolescents might be beneficial. London-based therapists, like Darryl Christie & the compassionate experts from DBT-UK, offer a film structure, and proven results in adolescent therapy. Additionally, remote sessions can provide your child with the opportunity to find someone they feel more comfortable with, enhancing the therapy’s effectiveness, and allowing them to stay in an environment that feels safe.

Remember, it’s not uncommon for individuals, especially teenagers, to need to meet a few therapists before finding the right fit. Ensuring that your child feels heard and understood in their therapy sessions is key to their progress and wellbeing.

How long does DBT last, how will my child know if it's working:

DBT can last for anywhere from 6 months to 18 months long depending on the provider and client. Our DBT Adolescent programme lasts for 32 weeks with the option to repeat if needed. DBT has shown the best results when a client does the programme twice round.

Recognizing when DBT is working can depend on several factors, including observable changes in behavior, improved emotional regulation, and enhanced interpersonal relationships. Participants might start noticing changes in their ability to handle stress, a decrease in the intensity or frequency of self-harming behaviors, or an increased sense of personal well-being within a few months of starting therapy. However, the timeline can vary from person to person. Therapists will often set specific goals at the beginning of therapy, and progress towards these goals is a good indicator of the therapy’s effectiveness. Continuous communication with the therapist about the individual’s feelings and behaviors outside of sessions can also help gauge the impact of DBT.

How can I help my child/teenager?

Firstly, know that sometimes teenagers/children as well as adults need professional help rather than just the help of their families. Secondly, teenagers and children don’t always want help form their parents and this can leave many of us feeling deflated and helpfulness.

We offer a DBT Parents and Family group for those who wish to learn more DBT skills themselves and how to help their teenagers/children through other behavioural techniques. The course runs for 10 weeks and gives you the opportunity to ask any questions relating to your situation to the experts as well as be introduced to a community of support by meeting other parents in similar situations. Many parents have fed back that they have found this course invaluable and helped them gain a better understanding of their teen/child and how best to help them.


Our daughter was in a very dark place and really struggling both at school and at home. Darryl and Katie, we believe, have literally saved her life.

The parenting course was exceptionally useful. My husband and I did not know how to support our daughter with her struggles and we were struggling as a couple with our own personal emotional wellbeing trying to cope with our daughters feelings and behaviours. The course allowed my husband and I to feel equipped and empowered to support her and both of us with the same approach allowed us to come together as a team and discuss our approaches and support each other to support our daughter. We learnt so much from the course for ourselves personally as well as to support our daughter. It was literally enlightening!

Darryl and subsequently Katie in 1:1’s combined with group sessions has equipped our daughter with the skills to manage day to day life. We actually cannot put into words how incredible they are, their dedication to supporting our daughter and how much it has helped her is like night and day. We owe them so much and we are truly grateful



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