Our Teen DBT Program

  • Comprehensive DBT includes the following components: 
    • Weekly individual therapy for the teen
    • Parent coaching sessions: Ongoing frequency is determined after 2-3 initial parent sessions
    • Phone coaching 7 days/week for teens and parents
    • Weekly DBT Skills Class for teens and parents
    • Weekly consultation group for all therapists on the DBT team.
  • DBT Skills Class Only 
    • As an alternative to our Comprehensive DBT program, we open class enrollment to teens and parents who are meeting regularly with a mental health provider outside of Clearwater. We ask that this provider actively supports this adjunctive DBT intervention. All families interested in this option need to participate in a pre-enrollment 50-minute intake appointment with a lead skills class instructor. This intake costs $200 and covers materials for class. All classes cost $90/participant per week. For one participant the cost is $540 to attend one 6-week module. Payment is due at the time of enrollment. We do not contract with insurance companies. We will provide participants with an invoice at the end of each module to submit for an out-of-network reimbursement.

Overview of DBT Skills Classes: 

  • Skills classes for teens and their parents are formatted as a family intervention. The teen and one parent takes the class together as equal participants in the learning environment. The ratio in class is balanced equally between parents and teens. Co-parents can enroll in one of our weekly parent-only skills training classes. Classes meet weekly in a group setting with other families. The curriculum is divided into four 6-week modules. It is strongly encouraged that families complete the entire 24-week curriculum at least once, consistent with clinical research recommendations for optimal results. The four modules are briefly summarized below:
    • Distress Tolerance: Crisis coping skills for high emotional distress
    • Emotion Regulation: Skills to increase emotional resilience, effective problem solving, and exposure techniques
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness: Increasing relationship effectiveness, self-advocacy, and skillful requesting
    • Middle Path: Skills to improve understanding, validation and communication within the family.
      • Core DBT Mindfulness Skills are woven into each module

For Teens (ages 13-18) and Families 

  • Tuesdays (In-Person) from 5:00 to 7:00 with Erika Swanson, Ph.D. and Laura Bell, M.A. Next entry point is 9/14/21 (Interpersonal Effectiveness)
  • Wednesdays (Zoom) from 5:00 to 7:00 with Karen Erickson, LMFT & Rachel Chapple, Ph.D. Next entry point is 9/15/21 (Interpersonal Effectiveness)
  • Thursdays (In-Person) from 5:00 to 7:00: with Hilary Ferris White, LCSW & Erika Swanson, PhD. Next entry point is 9/9/21 (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

For Younger Adolescents (ages 11-13) and Families:

  • Wednesdays (In-Person) from 5:00-6:30 pm with Hilary Ferris White, LCSW & Laura Bell, M.A. Next entry point is 9/8/21 (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

Parent-only Skills Classes 

  • Mondays from 5:30-7:00 pm with Karen Erickson, LMFT. Next entry point is 9/13/21 (Interpersonal Effectiveness)
  • Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 pm with Karen Erickson, LMFT. Next entry point is 9/16/21 (Interpersonal Effectiveness)

Practical Information

Clearwater is located blocks from Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. It has parking available, is on a major bus line, and is within walking distance of the MacArthur BART station. It is only about a 25 minute drive from Walnut Creek, Danville, and other Tri-Valley communities.

Updated 7/22/21