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Group Therapy

Ryther’s group solutions utilize effective, evidence-based techniques. Groups are offered in Seattle only at this time. To be eligible for any group, your child, adolescent or young adult must first be seeing a Ryther therapist.


DBT Skills Group & Therapy (Seattle only): This program is for teens (13-17) who want to increase skills to manage challenges with impulsivity, interpersonal relationships, regulating emotions as well as suicidal or self-harm behaviors. There are two groups meeting weekly in Seattle for six months. Requires joint involvement in individual weekly therapy. 

Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Mental Health DBT Program

The IOP DBT program serves youth 13-18 with acute mental health needs. This program lasts 12 weeks and requires participants to be on site a minimum of 4 days per week with three days of 3 hour groups (4-7pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays) and at least one individual session (Tuesdays or Fridays for 50 minutes) per week. Be aware that all services take place at our Main Campus in North Seattle. Intake will need to take place prior to first session. Call 206.517.0234 for information about insurance and to schedule.


This program is a good fit for youth who are experiencing suicidal ideation, self-harm, school avoidance/failure, chronic interpersonal deficits and low self-worth or have a history of hospitalization or residential treatment because of these issues are appropriate. This program is not appropriate for children who are highly aggressive or oppositional as well as those who have a low verbal ability or are moderately to severely developmentally delayed as the curriculum requires the ability to focus for a period of time and process verbal information relatively quickly and accurately. 


DBT – Dialectical Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based therapy for the treatment of depression and suicidal ideation. It has been shown to also reduce symptoms of impulsivity and emotion dysregulation, while increasing prosocial skills and distress tolerance. 


Referrals for all gendered adolescents struggling with:

  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Impulsivity
  • Inconsistent relationships 
  • Difficulty regulating emotions
  • Those unsuccessful in outpatient therapy alone
  • Those stepping down from inpatient 


 About DBT Skills Groups:The three-hours skills groups engage participants through skills acquisition, discussion and activity focused on four main areas; mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. Groups allow participants to practice their interpersonal effectiveness skills under the supervision of a trained therapist.


About Individual Sessions: Individual sessions will focus on generalization of skills. Participants will report progress on diary cards and troubleshoot skills use with their individual Ryther therapist. 



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