These are technical terms for scientifically tested and effective. One of the most rigorous ways to study a treatment is called a randomized controlled trial (RCT). This means the people who participate are randomly assigned to DBT, treatment as usual, and a group not receiving treatment (a control group). This is the type of study that is used to show if medications are effective. RTC’s are considered the gold standard for confirming that a clinical intervention is effective. For example, DBT has about 20 RCT’s showing consistent reduction of suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, hospitalizations, and treatment drop out http://behavioraltech.org/downloads/Research-on-DBT_Summary-of-Data-to-Date.pdf.
DBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy developed for chronically suicidal patients often diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Research has shown that it works with substance misuse, eating disorder, depression, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More generally, DBT focuses on pervasive emotional dysregulation. If you notice any of the following;
DBT targets each of these areas specifically in treatment:
Choosing a therapist is an important and difficult decision. It takes a certain level of commitment on the part of both people, and isn’t a relationship that should be taken lightly. In fact, a certain level of commitment and a good working relationship are key components to effective therapy. With that in mind, the first few sessions are considered pre-treatment.
It gives you and your therapist the opportunity to assess what it is you want out of therapy, what therapy can be provided, and if you’re a good fit. For Comprehensive DBT, pre-treatment is required prior to starting Skills Training, so make sure you set up an appointment at least 3 or 4 weeks prior to starting group.
Individual Therapy is most often covered by insurance. Dr. Benson and Decision Tree Mental Health, PLLC are not currently on insurance panels. This means, insurance coverage will depend on what your specific plan provides for out-of-network reimbursement. Doug is happy to provide a “super bill”, or detailed invoice that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Due to the differences between plans and companies, we will not be able to provide information on who provides what. Please check with your insurance in advance concerning your policy and reimbursement.
Skills Training is not covered by insurance. You can self pay on two different structures, depending on what fits your circumstances. Remember, both options are non-refundable and need to be paid in full at least one week prior to beginning the group your attending.
First option, pay for the entire series of Skills Training in full. Research has shown that one year of DBT is the most effective in reducing suicidal behaviors. This would be two payments of $1400, due 7 months apart.
Second option, pay per module. There are three modules; Core Mindfulness/Interpersonal Effectiveness ($480), Core Mindfulness/Emotion Regulation ($720), and Core Mindfulness/Distress Tolerance ($480). Each module is completed twice.
DBT-LBC is an acronym for DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician. In short, it is a certification that Dr. Benson understands, and is able to provide to a high standard, DBT as prescribed by the developer, Dr. Marsha Linehan. Dr. Linehan’s certification organization has assessed Doug’s demonstration and applicable knowledge as well as his performance of DBT. It’s a good thing. A longer explanation can be found at https://dbt-lbc.org/index.php?page=101118.
At this time, Dr. Benson, and Decision Tree Mental Health are not on any insurance panels. This means, insurance coverage will depend on what your specific plan provides for out-of-network reimbursement. Doug is happy to provide a “super bill”, or detailed invoice that you can submit to your insurance company. Some clients will receive a portion of counseling fees reimbursed to them from their insurance companies. Many clients will not receive any reimbursement. Being reimbursed our full fee is extremely rare. Due to the differences between plans and companies, we will not be able to provide information on who provides what. Please check with your insurance in advance concerning your policy and reimbursement.