Parent and Family Therapy in Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Desirae Allen, DBT therapist, sitting in an accent chair across from a DBT client, providing adherent DBT

Helping Your Teen; Helping You

Are you concerned about your teen or adult child’s emotional dysregulation or behavioral problems? Are you struggling to manage your relationship with your teen or adult child? If you are struggling as a parent, we have several therapy options that can be incredibly beneficial for restoring your sense of competence and ultimately helping your child.

When reaching out for parenting help, it can be difficult to discern which option is appropriate for this stage of your journey. You do not need to make this decision alone! Reach out and schedule a free 15-minute consultation or an intake assessment and our therapists will help you figure out which option would be the best fit.

Participation in the Teen DBT Program

If your teen is struggling with big and uncontrollable emotions, suicidality, self-harm, eating disorders, substance use, or other emotional or behavioral difficulties, your child may be an appropriate fit for our teen DBT program. Based on evidence that indicates that teens will have better therapeutic outcomes if their caregivers participate in treatment, our program requires an adult caregiver to participate with their teen in our multi-family DBT skills group. As a part of the DBT skills group, you will learn the DBT skills of mindfulness, emotional dysregulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness alongside your teen and will encourage them to use DBT skills at home to manage their emotional or behavioral difficulties. Most parents see progress in their teen over time when they engage in comprehensive DBT that includes the multi-family DBT skills group, individual therapy, and 24/7 phone coaching from the teen’s individual therapist. However, in certain circumstances, additional parenting coaching or consultation may be needed.

DBT-informed parenting consultation sessions may be effective for parents who have a teen or adult child who is not actively participating in treatment, or when circumstances are difficult enough that added consultation and support are warranted. DBT-informed parenting consultation sessions serve several functions. Sessions can address treatment planning difficulties for the teen (including barriers to accessing treatment), information and guidance about how to best approach teens with big emotions and behavioral difficulties, DBT-informed parenting strategies, support and validation for parents, and, when warranted, further parenting coaching outside of session.

Dr. Nikki Winchester, DBT Therapist at Cincinnati Center for DBT, provides parenting therapy to a DBT parent for their teen. Dr. Nikki Winchester is in the middle of explaining something to the parent.

Individual Therapy with Parenting Support

Although parenting effectiveness is often a top priority for caregivers with teens who are struggling, some parents recognize that their own mental health difficulties are interfering with reaching their goal of being healthy and effective parents. If this is the case, we recommend seeking out your own individual therapy services. This could range from cognitive-behavioral therapy for a specific difficulty to completion of our DBT program. After an assessment, our therapists can provide recommendations regarding treatments that are likely to be effective to address the difficulties that you are facing. DBT-informed parenting skills can be incorporated into your treatment as one of the main interventions for helping you reach parenting goals.

Cincinnati Center for DBT Therapists sitting in a circle talking to demonstrate DBT group therapy

DBT Family Therapy

Clinicians at the Cincinnati Center for DBT have a comprehensive background in treating disorders of emotion dysregulation. As highly skilled clinicians who also effectively treat individuals with intense interpersonal conflicts and self-harm, we have the knowledge and skills needed to work with you and your family during your most challenging times. Whether you're experiencing persistent family conflict or a new point of conflict related to separation, death, a family member coming out, disagreement about lifestyle choices, or other things, we can help you navigate the conflict in a way that minimizes harm and hurt feelings.

Not ready for therapy yet? Browse these resources and blog posts related to parenting

Because we specialize in working with the parents at Cincinnati Center for DBT, our therapists frequently write blog posts related to parenting issues. Here are just a few resources and blog posts from our therapists you might find useful!

Validate AND parent your child

Social Media and Teens

The Multifamily Group Format and Why It Is Helpful


Other Therapy Services

Life is complicated. You are a unique person facing unique struggles. Our therapists can help with a variety of concerns. We offer mental health services at our therapy office in Cincinnati or online therapy anywhere in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, or any PSYPACT state. Some of our other specialties include: dialectical behavior therapy and borderline personality disorder treatment; individual cognitive-behavioral therapy; depression treatment; anxiety treatment; trauma and PTSD treatment; alcohol, drug, and addiction treatment; and more! You deserve to feel supported and to find the tools to face everything life is throwing at you. When you’re ready, our therapists are here to help.


If you or your teen is experiencing intense suicidal thoughts, you should call 911, go to the closest emergency room, or contact one of the following hotlines:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255,

Trevor Project for LGBTQIA youth: 866-488-7386,



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