Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Young Adults
Young Adulthood: The age of exploration and instability
Young adulthood (extending from late teens to mid-20’s) is a time of constant change and exploration across all domains of life. We offer Young Adult Services specifically tailored for these concerns. 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
Young Adult DBT
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for young adults includes weekly individual therapy sessions, DBT Skills Training Group on Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, and phone coaching. Our Young Adult DBT Group incorporates the five DBT skills training modules and is tailored for recently graduated high school seniors and college students (ages 18-22).
Young Adult DBT Summer Intensive
Beginning Monday, June 15th, our accelerated, twice-weekly DBT Summer Intensive Workshop for Young Adults will cover the five DBT skill training modules: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and walking the middle path over the course of 8.5 weeks compared to our standard 20-week timeline for DBT. This workshop is tailored for anyone going into college, currently in college, or just graduated (ages 17-22) in New York for the summer.
Young Adult DBT Grad Group
Offered on a rotating basis, our Young Adult DBT Grad-Group is designed for clients (ages 18-24) who have completed basic skills training and would like continue working on integrating skills into their daily lives. Candidates for YA DBT Grad Group are those who can demonstrate continued DBT skill use and do not have current behavioral dyscontrol, including no active suicidal ideation or self-harm in the past few months and no impulsivity that is dangerous or risky.
To join our Young Adult DBT Grad Group, you must pass an exam. Participation in individual therapy is NOT required.
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Led by Kyle Haney, Ph.D.
If you've already completed a full cycle of DBT and are interested in graduate group, please see your individual or group clinician for more information.
Coping over Coffee: a Summer Discussion Group for Young Adults
We are living in unprecedented times, and the pandemic has created unique challenges for young adults. Since we’re all doing our best to figure this out, let’s learn from each other and support one another in coping with recent and ongoing changes to our lives. Dr. Kristen Roman, the Director of the Young Adult Program, will facilitate the discussion each week and will offer some ideas for coping based on cognitive behavioral therapy. Participants can submit anonymous questions related to the topic before or during the discussion. These discussions are meant to be informal and a chance to connect with other people your age. Bring coffee, bring your friend, and bring your ideas and questions. Each week is a standalone discussion, so feel free to drop-in to one or all of them. Anyone ages 17-25 is welcome to attend. This is a donation-based group. All participants will be asked to make a donation to a non-profit organization to attend. More information will be provided when you register.
The first discussion will be about making meaning out of your COVID-19 summer and will focus on the barriers to creating structure and purpose during this time and sharing of ideas on how to do so.
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
July 9th - July 30th
Led by Kristen Roman, Psy.D.
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.
Young Adult Parent Coaching
Negotiating the demands and transitions that come with young adulthood is extremely challenging for parents, particularly when young adults experience emotional or behavioral difficulties. Young adult parent coaching offers parents the opportunity to learn skills and strategies to more effectively respond to and shape the behavior of their children. Parents will learn skills to help them more effectively interact with their young adults in order to:
• Improve the quality of relationships
• Enhance communication
• Increase desirable behaviors/decrease undesirable behaviors
• Effectively problem-solve and negotiate
Parents can meet for a one-time consultation, a few sessions, or weekly consultations. Our parent coaching is uniquely tailored to the needs of each parent and can be done with more than one parent.