Frequently Asked Questions
What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidenced based treatment that helps people regain control of their emotions, behaviors and the direction of their lives. It provides relief from distressing emotions, difficult thoughts and problematic habits and behaviors that often arise because of them.
What does DBT Therapy entail?
DBT has three separate parts to the therapy. Individual therapy for one hour a week. In these sessions, the focus is on changing behaviors, problem solving, making better decisions, and understanding how difficult emotions can lead to the unwanted behaviors such as self harm, eating disorders, addictions, suicidal actions and more.
What are your DBT program?
Skills class. This is central to the DBT program. Clients attend three days a week for three hours at a time.
  • We teach Emotion Regulation skills to help change emotions or decrease their intensity. We help our clients understand the emotions they’re experiencing and to know which emotion it is or is not.
  • We also teach Distress Tolerance skill to help people handle a crisis differently, without resorting the actions and behaviors that they’re trying to get away from. This module also includes Radical Acceptance skills: skills for dealing with big changes or loss, or events that you don’t like but can’t change.
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness teaches communication skills. Many of our clients have difficulty asking for what they want or saying no to other people. Our clients don’t want to seem like a burden or to put anyone out, so they stay silent and the issues don’t get resolved. Not only do we teach people the language of what to say to others, we teach them the skills to have the conversation in such a way that they feel good about themselves and the relationship they have with the other person afterwards.
  • Mindfulness is the glue that holds everything together. We teach Mindfulness to help people gain control over their own mind. Mindfulness is about being fully present in the moment, noticing everything inside yourself and outside yourself. It’s about recognizing the part of yourself we call Wise Mind, that makes the best decisions, even during a crisis. Mindfulness is about being non-judgmental, doing what works and beginning to fully participate in your own life, rather than watching from the sidelines.
What is Skills Coaching?
Skills Coaching is available 24 hours a day to anyone enrolled in our DBT program. Through texting or phone, clients have access to their therapist day and night if they’re in need of skills in the moment or extra support during a crisis.
What makes DBT different from regular therapy?
DBT is different from other therapies because it’s more structured and it requires a commitment from clients to follow through with agreed tasks and assignments. DBT therapists also understand how difficult and challenging it can be to follow through with what others might see as simple tasks. We’re never going to tell our clients that they’re not trying hard enough. We’re going to recognize it as a real difficulty, and then we’ll collaborate to come up with a solution to make it work next time. Our therapists work in partnership our clients to keep them on track towards their goals. Clints keep records of their emotions, thoughts and actions. They are asked to practice the skills they learn and to complete short homework assignments.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
Do you take insurance? How much will my treatment cost?

We’re here to help you navigate the oftentime complex process of dealing with insurance providers. The first step is to reach out to us so we can get as much detail as possible to be able to review your options. The good news is that we bill most private insurance policies. Each policy varies in cost and we will determine your payment options by verifying your insurance benefits.

We highly recommend you submit the front and back of your insurance card in advance, plus the potential client’s name, date of birth and zip code to our secure text line at (678) 336-6875. Our admission team will then give you a call once benefits are verified.

In addition to insurance coverage, we also offer a variety of sliding scale options as it relates to making flexible payment plans.

If you have high deductible plans, or if we do not accept your insurance policy, we will customize a payment plan that allows you to pay your treatment over the course of two years +, interest free for those that qualify.

Rest assured, we’re here to support you through the logistics of receiving treatment and we’re committed to making the process as smooth as possible.

As your mental health therapists, you will have 24/7 “on the spot phone and text coaching” when you’re in a crisis or experiencing distress.

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