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DBT IOP + Mental Health

DBT IOP + Mental Health

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy For Teens & Young Adults For The Treatment Of Mental Health Issues (Without Substance Use)

The DBT IOP + Mental Health is for teens and young adults who are primarily struggling with mental health issues, but without substance use disorder. Intensively trained by Behavioral Tech, this program’s DBT therapists can help the young clients feel safe and secure even as they’re learning to manage troubling emotions. This program has access to psychiatric services ranging from evaluation to medication management.

While most teens and young adults do not need this type of specialized program, those that struggle with the issues listed above require specialized mental health treatment. DBT teaches young people a wide variety of skills that they learn, practice, and are able to use to create a life worth living.

Potomac DBT IOP + Mental Health offers: a warm, caring and supportive environment; experiential elements like yoga and mindfulness meditation; art therapy, music therapy and outings like hikes by the river, movie nights and relaxation exercises for self-care.

Although there are other DBT providers in the area, this program is adapted to address the needs of young people with a higher severity of mental health issues (not including substance use). This program would not be appropriate for young people who have a substance use disorder.


  • Washington D.C. Metro Area

Why It Works

Who We Help

This program is a specialized, sophisticated treatment program for young people with a variety of serious issues that may include any of the following mental health issues: severe depression, suicidal ideation, a history of self-harming behaviors, emotional imbalance and other forms of serious emotional difficulty. This is an intensive outpatient program for young people who do not have a history of substance use disorder.

What Do I Get

Twelve Hours of Clinical Treatment Minimum Per Week

  • Five Pre-treatment Sessions
    (Initial Assessment, Bio-psychosocial Assessment, Family Therapy Session, Parent Orientation Session, and Individual Therapy Session). Pre-treatment is the preparatory phase of every DBT program that is adherent to the evidence-based model. The pre-treatment phase is usually completed in approximately one week.
  • DBT Skills Training Group
    Four times a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) 4PM-7PM. Includes training in five modules of behavioral skills.
  • Peer Mentors
    Peer mentors are young adults who receive training in peer counseling from Potomac Programs and are present in all groups and activities.
  • Weekly DBT Individual Therapy
    DBT intensive program elements (1 hour)
  • Bi-weekly Family Therapy
    Masters level therapists specializing in family systems (1 hour)
  • Bi-weekly Multi-Family Skills Groups
    Every other Tuesday, 4PM-7PM
  • Phone Coaching for Clients (With Their Individual Therapist) and for Parents (With the Family Therapist)
    Phone coaching is a required part of adherent DBT. The therapist is on-call 24 hours/day for DBT skills crisis consultation to the client.
  • Bi-weekly Community Activities
    Licensed clinicians and staff conduct outings in the community in order to help generalize the practice of DBT behavioral skills from the program into the wider community environment.
  • Clinical Case Management
    Consultation with other treating professionals, schools, etc.
  • Two Masters Level Clinicians in Each Group
    Intensively-trained by Behavioral Tech in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.