Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if D.B.T. is right for me?

DBT can be an effective and helpful style for treatment for a variety of people seeking mental health treatment. We offer initial assessments during the intake process to know more about your goals, experiences and personal needs.

Please contact Yelena @ 504-292-2221 to schedule an initial assessment

 How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling Yelana (504) 292-2221 between 8:30am and 5:00pm every weekday. Yelana will help you find a time to meet with an intake counselor that works with your schedule. Most often, appointments can be arranged within the next few days.

What if I need to talk to someone sooner than my scheduled appointment time?

If you feel that you need to talk to someone urgently and cannot wait for you scheduled appointment time, or that you are in an emergency situation, you should call mobile crisis (Orleans Parish – 504-826-2675) (Jefferson Parish – 504-832-5123) &/or 911

What is your policy on confidentiality?

It is your choice whether or not to discuss your counseling and treatment with the people in your life. Other than authorized DBT staff, no one will have access to your

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mental health records without your signed consent.

An exception to confidentiality would be a situation in which you were assessed to be a danger to yourself or others. In this situation, we have a legal obligation to inform the appropriate authorities. If you have any questions about this policy, please raise them with your therapist.

Do you take insurance?

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. We are in-network providers with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and TriCare. Payments for therapy appointments are due at the time of service. If you plan on using health insurance, the policy you hold with your insurance company determines your specific benefits including copays, coinsurance and deductibles. If we are in-network with your insurer we will obtain an estimate of those benefits for you when you book your initial appointment, however please keep in mind that insurance companies do not guarantee those benefits until claims are submitted and processed.

If your insurance policy includes out-of-network benefits, you may be able to seek a partial reimbursement from your insurer for seeing a non-network provider. You should contact your insurer directly to determine those benefits and to request an out-of-network claim reimbursement form. If you have questions about your specific insurance policy’s benefits you can call the member services telephone number on the back of your insurance car

What if I am worried about a friend or family member?

Often it is helpful to share your worries about friends or family members with a professional, and we encourage you to make an appointment to do this. You will be able to speak confidentially with a counselor and receive advice about how to deal with your concerns about this person.

What about medication vs. psychotherapy? 

Therapy addresses the cause and symptoms of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.  Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

My therapist suggested I do DBT. Does that mean I have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

It makes sense that people think DBT is only for BPD. It was originally developed to treat BPD and most books and articles published regarding DBT are about treating BPD. But the truth is that DBT is helpful for folks with many other diagnoses too — including eating disorders, drug or alcohol problems, depression, and even pathological gambling. What all these disorders tend to have in common is that they stem from emotional dysregulation. Emotional dysregulation means that emotions are intense, seem uncontrollable, and can lead to impulsive behaviors that may relieve the distress temporarily, but create dissatisfaction with one’s life in the long run. DBT can help people feel less emotionally dysregulated.

What are the requirements for being in a skills training group?

You have to meet with the DBT Skills Group leader once individually before joining a group. In that meeting, you’ll hear more about what DBT is and decide together whether it might be beneficial for you. If so, you’ll make a formal commitment to being a DBT group member. You’ll also set initial “target behaviors.” These are things that you do when you experience strong emotion that you’d like to stop doing.