Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long is the program?
DBT is a 6 month program, including 4 weeks of pre-treatment followed by 4 modules. People
often go through 2 rounds of DBT. The four modules in DBT are: Emotion Regulation, Distress
Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Mindfulness. Each module lasts between 5-6
weeks. The first four weeks of pre-treatment is time to get to know your therapist without any
obligation, time to decide if this is the right program for you.
2. What is the time commitment?
Our comprehensive DBT program consists of weekly individual therapy (55-60 mintutes), weekly group skills (75-90 minutes), and homework. DBT is a very effective therapy modality but is highly structured and a lot of work. It is expected that you make DBT and the group skills classes a priority. If you have other obligations, such as sports or other extra-curriculars, it’s expected the DBT comes first. You make a commitment to come to every group skills within a 5-6 week module upon beginning that module.
The program also includes phone coaching at no added cost. This is 24 hour access to your therapist when help is needed.
Of course therapists do have to eat, sleep, shower and aren’t able to answer while in session,
but will get back to you as soon as they’re able. (Phone coaching is typically conducted via
texting, but phone calls are possible if needed).
3. Is it in-person or virtual?
Right now, Adult group skills and the majority of individual therapy are occurring virtually and will stay
on this platform until it is safe to return to in-person sessions. Although, some therapists are meeting with some clients in person. Our Adolescent multi-family group skills classes are occurring in-person
4. What is the schedule like?
Individual sessions are scheduled with each therapist at times that work for both the therapist
and the client, most have daytime and evening options.
The adult group sessions are Monday from 4:15-5:45 pm or Wednesday from 5:45-7 pm. Group
skills sessions are an integral part of DBT therapy, so if you aren’t able to make it to those group
sessions then you aren’t able to do DBT at our facility.
5. How much does it cost?
The self-pay costs are $40 for the weekly group skills class and the weekly individual therapy
varies based on the clinician, fees range between $80-$150/session. For insurance clients,
copays vary based on your insurance provider and plan.
6. What insurance do you take?
Kim Decelle is paneled with BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, and United. Valerie McBee accepts these
and also Ambetter, Humana/Medicare, and Kaiser. Kim leads Wednesday's group and Valeire leads Monday's, each group is covered by the insurances accepted by the respective group facilitator.
7. How long is the waitlist or how soon can I start?
The waitlist length varies based on your payment method, the waitlist for self-pay is around 4-6 months and the waitlist for using insurance is 12-18 months. While waiting for our full program, you are able to join the group skills class if you already have an outside individual therapist, the waitlist for group is 6-8 months. We offer two options for group, Monday 5-6:30pm and Wednesday 5:45-7pm.
8. What ages do you see?
We have an adult program for ages 18 and up and we have recently re-opened our teen program for ages 13-18.