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Self-Harming

Improve Quality of Life by Reducing Self-Destructive Behaviors

The DBT program at CATS is the only outpatient treatment program in Western New York to provide adolescents and their families with a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment plan that includes individual and group therapy as well as on-call support during the course of treatment.

The mental health professionals at CATS have received intensive training in DBT by Behavioral Tech LLC, which is world-renowned for its state-of-the-art professional training program. CATS therapists offer compassionate, adolescent-friendly treatment to help youth and their families learn skills to reduce self-destructive behaviors and live more positively. The DBT program at CATS is highly regarded by local professionals, adolescents and families for its quality and effectiveness.

“My daughter was in treatment somewhere else for a year before we found the CATS DBT program. This is exactly what we were looking for. I was arrogant when I started the program with her, thinking that she is the one with the problem. I soon realized we both had a lot to learn.”

Helping Adolescents Decrease Negative Thoughts and Behaviors

CATS DBT program is dedicated to treating adolescents who have trouble controlling their moods, thoughts, or relationships; or exhibit self-destructive behaviors. The program helps teens and young adults (ages 13–17) identify difficult beliefs and assumptions, then provides them with effective tools to shape a more positive response.

Behaviors may include:3rd

  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms
  • Intense emotional instability & mood swings
  • Confusion about identity & feelings
  • Ongoing patterns of interpersonal problems
  • Extreme difficulties with family/family conflict
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lasting impact of traumatic events

Based Upon Rigorous Research
As an evidence-based practice, DBT utilizes a specific set of strategies that have been shown to effectively treat adolescents who self-harm, experience suicidal thoughts, or display other severe behaviors or feelings.

Emphasis is placed on:

  • Validation
  • Accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings & behaviors
  • Developing coping skills
  • Practicing mindfulness & relaxation
  • Enhancing family skills & environment to improve successful outcomes

DBT Can Produce Lasting Positive Change

Through weekly individual and group therapy and phone support adolescents and their families are taught a variety of skills to improve positive responses to negative thoughts and behaviors. (7 days/week, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.).

DBT can help to:

  • Eliminate life-threatening behaviors
  • Reduce patterns of self-destructive behaviors
  • Increase motivation to change
  • Improve adolescent’s use of positive skills
  • Decrease counterproductive behaviors (such as substance abuse)
  • Decrease environmental obstacles to change (such as family communication)

Contact our intake team if interested in counseling:

If your child is under age 18 and in crisis, call
CARES 716.882.4357.
If you are 18 years old or older and in crisis, call
Crisis Services 716.834.3131.
If you are in crisis and live in
Niagara County, call 716.285.3515.
If it’s an extreme emergency, call the police 911.

“When I leave my sessions with my therapist I feel really hopeful and happy. I have not hurt myself for three months…I have never been able to not hurt myself for so long…it feels good…I feel proud.”

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