Our Balance group for teens, ages 13-17, is a safe space to meet with peers to discuss the unique pressures that cause stress and insecurity in daily life.

These are some of the most challenging years in life, and even more so in today's fast paced world. With so many obstacles to overcome, including the negative effects of social media, teens have more weighing on them than ever before. 

Balance focuses on identifying social and emotional challenges and learning how to cope with them using various methods including dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT). DBT is a cognitive-behavioral treatment used to help balance opposites. Instead of looking at the world with an either-or outlook, teens will learn how to see things as both-and. Together, they’ll learn and practice skills of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Balance members will delve into self-exploration, learn and practice coping skills, and begin to form positive connections with others in a structured and therapeutic environment. Balance is a safe space for teens to share what they're going through and learn how others are handling similar situations — and how they can better prepare and react. 

Balance is a weekly 90-minute group session where we focus on what your teen needs in a small group setting. All of our teens attend weekly or bi-weekly individual counseling sessions to ensure that their individual goals are being worked toward each week. We require that you, as the parent, and your teen attend an initial consultation session with one of our clinicians to get to your teen and your family, learn where support is needed and what your teen’s strengths are, develop clinical goals and expectations, and understand how we can best work to reach those goals in group sessions.

To see if Balance is the right program for your child, schedule a therapy intake session today. 

— Balance Facilitator —

Jill Shinn

Jill Shinn

Jill Shinn is a licensed marriage and family therapist with 13 years of experience, including private and group practice with individuals and couples, text-based therapy with young adults, elementary school counseling, and teaching, coaching, counseling groups of various ages, on various topics.