Young Adult

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Young Adults

Young Adulthood: The age of exploration and instability

Young adulthood is a time of constant change and exploration across all domains of life. Common struggles for young adults include development of identity, values, and long-term goals, constant transitions into college and/or the work force, challenges in romantic relationships and peer groups, and independence vs. dependence.

Certain skills are needed in order to manage the demands and transitions that come with this stage of life, but not all young adults are equipped. Underdevelopment of these skills may result in both emotional and behavioral difficulties:

  • Depression, anxiety, mood swings
  • Impulsivity, risk-taking behaviors
  • Self-injurious behaviors, suicidality, eating disordered behaviors
  • Academic or occupational problems, instability in peer or romantic relationships

We offer both comprehensive dialectical behavioral therapy and individual cognitive behavioral therapy to address these difficulties.

Young Adult DBT

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for young adults includes weekly individual therapy sessions, DBT Skills Training Group, and phone coaching. We currently do not have a skills group specific to young adults, but young adults (age 18 and up) are welcome to join our general skills groups.

Young Adult CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for young adults is a weekly, time-limited, empirically supported individual treatment to specifically address one or more problems that young adults commonly have during this challenging stage of life. CBT focuses on the patterns of thinking, behavior, and emotional responding that are associated with distress or life dissatisfaction during this transitional period. In our CBT program, young adults learn techniques to recognize and change problematic patterns to improve daily functioning and life satisfaction. Our goal is to sufficiently equip young adults so that they can use these learned skills outside of therapy on their own.

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