Teen Girls’ Program


Adolescence can be a difficult time of transition for girls, particularly those struggling with emotional trauma, substance abuse, and body image issues. The Teen Girls’ Program is a unique, comprehensive program that helps girls ages 13 to 18 who are suffering from both mood and behavioral issues. The program offers a supportive and safe environment for girls to explore developmental issues unique to young women as they transition into young adulthood.

Two components are available: a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program for girls who struggle with suicide ideation, self-injury, and impulsive behaviors, and a general program for girls with a history of trauma or difficulty with emotion regulation.

Treatment includes a comprehensive evaluation by a board certified psychiatrist, an individualized treatment plan, evidence-based treatment, group and individual therapy, medication management, family therapy, psychoeducation groups, and expressive therapies like yoga, art, and writing.

Through this program, we help young women to:

  • Reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and traumatic disorders
  • Learn dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills to reduce self-injurious behavior and increase the ability to manage emotions
  • Understand issues related to body image, relationships, substance abuse, and disordered eating patterns
  • Develop healthy communication skills and positive self-esteem

Depending on needs, treatment options include:

  • Partial hospital program: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. five days per week
  • Afterschool intensive outpatient program: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. three days per week

Lunch is provided for full-day programs, and free transportation may be available within defined areas. The partial hospital program includes two hours of school instruction daily.