Does this sound like your teen?

  • She is highly emotional and seems to get upset by what seem like little things. 
  • She described feeling tense and "on edge."
  •  She no longer likes doing things she used to do.
  • She worries about anything, everything, and nothing.
  • She may be self-harming, using drugs or alcohol, smoking, undereating or overeating as a way to cope with her emotions.
  • She hates the person she sees in the mirror and makes negative comments about her appearance.

Do you wish she had a supportive learning environment where she can learn how to deal with life’s stressors in healthy ways?

Imagine that your teen is able to...

  • Use coping skills to deal with roller coaster emotions
  • Argue less with family members and express feelings without screaming
  • Not get so anxious every time something new comes up
  • Change negative thoughts, and create healthy, supportive ones
  • Set appropriate boundaries with peers and learn to say ‘no’
  • Navigate life’s up’s and downs and handle setbacks more easily
  • Quiet the "imaginary audience" that leaves her feeling judged and self-conscious.
  • Get crystal clear on the right things needed to take back control of her mind and let go of the rest.
  • Gain practical tools to overcome the “I’m awkward” thoughts that get in the way of them forming meaningful relationships
  • Feel more confident and hopeful about the future

GLAMM is a virtual space designed for teems to LEARN and PRACTICE the skills they are learning in therapy so they can gain mastery of their mood and anxious feelings.

Live Weekly Groups That Teach Teens...

Mindfulness: Paying attention to the present moment non-judgmentally

Distress Tolerance: Dealing with emotional crises and strong emotions

Emotion Regulation: Learning to understand and manage emotions better

Interpersonal Effectiveness: Managing healthy relationships and set boundaries

Walking the Middle Path: Seeing things from another's perspective.

Join today and get access to: 

Live Weekly Classes

Every Tuesday, we'll meet via Zoom to discuss coping skills, how to use them in everyday life, and goals/challenges for the upcoming week. Teens will celebrate wins and discuss continued struggles.

Private Online Portal

Access to brief coping strategy videos, audios, worksheets, and weekly homework assignments are located in private members-only portal to be accessed by your teen.

Supportive Community

Dealing with overwhelming emotions can be a crippling and isolating experience. With our interactive, online format, teens feel connected knowing are not going through this alone.

Parent Trainings

Every month a new video training will be emailed to you where you will learn how to effectively address emotional outbursts and problematic behaviors and develop a more meaningful relationship with you teen.

Parent Emails

Parents will receive weekly email updates about the lessons discussed that week. This way, you will understand what's being taught and how support your teen throughout the week.

Parent Feedback Report

You will receive a monthly feedback report where you will provide the facilitator with your observations on how your teen is doing, any observed attempts or successes using the skills, and any continued concerns.

Due to the nature of the program, group sizes are limited. Once the group is full, you will be placed on the waiting list until another space opens up.

Program Information

Live weekly virtual groups: These are done online with other teens. We will review the previous week's lesson, discuss successes and challenges, and learn a skill to practice for that week. Group sessions are interactive, informative and they help teens break out the isolation they often feel when being a highly emotional person.

Online Portal: Teens get access to the online portal where I post worksheets, homework, journal prompts, videos and audios.

Monthly Parent Education: Every month a new video training is released for parents where you will learn how to effectively address emotional outbursts and problematic behaviors and develop a more meaningful relationship with you teen.

Weekly Parent Emails: Each week, you will receive email updates about the lessons discussed that week. This way, you will understand what's being taught and how support your teen throughout the week.

Parent Feedback Report: You will receive a monthly feedback report (a brief form that is filled out online) where you will provide the facilitator with your observations on how your teen is doing, any observed attempts or successes using the skills, and any continued concerns.

About the Group: The program is a structured group where teens are taught the various DBT (Dialectal Behavior Therapy) skills (Learn more about DBT HERE). The group facilitator will model and teach the skills in each session. Teens will also have the opportunity to practice the skills and receive feedback. While the group facilitator will help group members understand how skills can be useful in their lives, the structure and nature of the skills training group does not allow for individual “processing” or “talk therapy.” Rather, group members can use their individual therapy time to process the material on a deeper level. The DBT skills training group does not provide crisis management.

The Process: After you've completed the Parent Interest Form, we can schedule a free 15 minute call and where I'll a better idea of what your teen's needs are and exploring whether it’s a good fit to work together.

If you decide to move forward, we will schedule an intake with your teen. This helps prepare your teen for what to expect from the group, teach them the basics of DBT, and make sure they will be a good fit for this group. There is a one-time intake fee of $75 for a 30 minute session.

The Cost: The cost is $200 per month. You will automatically be charged every month your teen is in the program through a secure online portal. We do not accept insurance.

Duration:  This is an ongoing, open group, which means there are no set number of sessions required to complete the program. We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months (approximately 24 sessions) to give time and space for your teen to become comfortable using the skills being taught. Your teen is welcome to continue in the program beyond the six months if they are benefiting from it and wish to continue. You can cancel the group membership at anytime, and you will not be charged further.

*Teens must reside in the state of Florida to be eligible for the program.

Age Requirements: Currently we have groups for teens (ages 13-17). If you have a preteen in middle school you can complete the interest form HERE to be placed on the waiting list.

Individual Therapy: This program is an adjunct to therapy; therefore, group participants are required to have their own individual therapist.

Have questions? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or Contact Us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

So what actually happens during the program?

Each session begins with a brief mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is the foundation of DBT and will be practiced every week. There's no need to have previous experience with mindfulness. Everything will be taught in the group.

Then we'll review the homework and discuss any challenges or successes during the week.

The last portion of the group is dedicated to learning a new skill.

Why is there homework?

The homework in this group is not like homework in school. There's no grade, no right or wrong. The purpose of the homework is to help teens practice the skills discussed in group and track their emotions/urges. The homework helps teens see tangible (even if they are small changes) from week to week.

We understand the demands on a teen's life and I don't want to add another stress on their life. The homework assigned is simple and often can be done throughout day-to-day life (for example, when you find yourself getting upset, you can use that opportunity to practice that skill).

If for some reason, the homework is not completed, teens won't get a bad grade. We'll try to figure out what got in the way, so they will be more likely to complete the homework the following week.

When does the group meet? Groups meet once a week virtually every Wednesday from 7:00-8:30pm.

The group is ongoing so you can join anytime provided there is space in the group.

Where does the group meet?

All sessions will be held online via a virtual platform. Details will be sent after registration.

I live in another state. Can my teen participate?

At this time the program is open to teens who reside in Florida.

How long is the program?

It takes approximately 6 months to go through all the modules in the program. To gain the full benefits of the program, teens should commit to at least 6 months. We have found that teens who commit to this extended learning make the most progress. It is a commitment because change takes time.

Teens are welcome to continue in the program beyond the six months if they are benefiting from the program and wish to continue. Memberships can be canceled anytime.

What are the age requirements?

At this time, we are offering this program for teen girls in high school ages 13-17.

Do you have a program for middle schoolers?

There is not a group for middle school girls at this time. However, please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Is there a program for parents?

We are currently developing the parenting education and coaching program. Sign up for our mailing list to receive notice when the program begins.

How is this program different from group therapy?

DBT group helps you make changes, but it’s not actually therapy. The therapy part of happens with your individual therapist.

This program focuses on educating and supporting teens, as opposed to the processing model that is found in more traditional group therapy programs. 

This purpose of this group is to learn new skills. It functions more like a class (but with more fun!)

There will be homework each week, where teens will practice the skills taught in the group.

How long before I see results?

Here's the hard part: DBT is a commitment and takes time. Often we want an easy fix to our problems. Just like it took time (maybe several years) to get where you are, it will take time to get you to a better place in your life. But the secret is you have to do the work. That means attending each class AND doing the homework. The more you learn and practice these skills, the better you will me!

While this course is a big commitment, many teens end up repeating the group after the 6 months is up, because they find it so beneficial.

Can my teen still join even if I have a therapist?

Yes! In fact, we encourage you to have a private therapist during this process.

Please Note: This group does not replace the need for individual treatment for those engaging in risky behaviors. 

Will talking to other tweens/teens give my teen more ideas about acting out or self-harm?

This DBT Skills Training is highly structured around finding more effective ways to cope with problems. If/when the topics of self/harm and acting out come up, the focus is redirected to ways situations could have been handled more effectively. Your facilitator will not allow for detailed discussions surrounding the actual acts of self-harm. Generally, the adolescents quickly become skilled at providing positive suggestions for other members, which in turn, help to modify their behaviors. 

What technology will my teen need to participate in the program?

  • A computer or device that your teen can access the online platform
  • High speed internet connection
  • Headphones/earbuds with a microphone
  • A device with a camera
  • Zoom video platform (We use Zoom “telehealth” which is fully encrypted end to end and meets privacy requirements to keep your privacy protected)
  • Optional: access You Tube to watch suggested videos

Is the platform secure? 

We use a confidential, HIPAA secure video platform.

What other materials does my teen need?

A journal or notebook dedicated to this class is recommended. This is in addition to the guided practices and extra activities I provide in the online portal.

What if my teen does not want to appear on camera?

We understand that being on camera can create a lot of anxiety. A huge fear of teens participating in groups is the potential of feeling embarrassed in front of others. Having to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences can be extremely triggering.

For safety and confidentiality reasons, we ask that the teen's camera is turned on, but her face does not have to be on camera the entire time, only during attendance. They will not be pressured to speak, but encouraged to share. They can also ask questions or make comments via the chat if they prefer.

My teen is not comfortable sharing, especially in front of strangers. Will she be forced to participate?

Unlike other groups, this group is not a process or support group, where teens spend time processing feelings with one another. Teens will only share details of their personal lives if they choose to and only as they relate to use of the skills.

Can my teen catch up on other things, like homework or chores, during the classes?

No. To get the full benefit of the program, teens should be fully engaged and not distracted. In addition, it is not respectful to the facilitator and other participants if someone is visibly not paying attention.

Teens should be in a secure location and not driving, or engaging in activities where their lives could be at risk if they become emotionally upset. The classes are important and will need their full attention. 

What if my teen doesn't like it?

If your teen decides that this class is not a good fit for them, it's okay. We ask for six month commitment to give time and space for the learning process.

If you want to stop the program prematurely, you can do so with 30 day’s notice. We require you let us know, in writing, 30 days before the start of the next month’s session. Your teen is welcome to continue in the program beyond the six months if they are benefiting from the program and wish to continue.

What if my teen cannot make all the sessions?

To get the true benefit of the program, all classes should be attended; but as we all know, things come up. If a student misses a session, they can still have access to the worksheets and other materials uploaded after class. To get the full benefit of the classes, teens should not miss more than 4 classes.