General Practice Referrals

DBT Referral Process

Referral Instructions:   Please click on the Provider Referral Link. And complete the form. It will ask for your name and email to enter into the document. Complete the referral form and a copy link will be sent to your email for the patient’s chart. Our office will contact the patient within 24 business hours and follow up with your office. 

What individuals do we accept for the program?
Our DBT program services adults and adolescents 13 and older. We accept individuals who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and a history of trauma. This includes individuals recently discharged from the hospital, have a history of suicide attempts, active suicidal ideation, active self-harming, substance abuse, and binge eating disorder. We currently do not offer the adaptation for Anorexia Nervosa.
Where do I begin?
The first step is to complete a phone intake with one of our clinical assistants. Anyone under the age of 18 must have their legal guardian complete the phone intake. Anyone 18 or older must complete their own intake, with the exception of cases with power of attorney.

The phone intake will allow the clinical assistant to gather information so that they can match the individual with a DBT clinician who will best meet their needs. It is not uncommon for there to be a waitlist ranging from several weeks to several months.

What insurances do you accept for the DBT Program?
We accept the following major insurances: Optima Commercial Plans, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthkeepers, United Health Care, and some Aetna plans.

At this time Medicare, Tricare, and Medicaid plans are not accepted for the DBT program. We are not in network for Cigna.

We also have self-pay rates and there is some limited availability to work with a clinical assistant at a reduced rate.

What is the evaluation process?

The DBT program begins with a 4 session evaluation. The goals of the evaluation are to:
1) assess the client diagnostically including for any trauma
2) orient the client to the treatment goals and identify treatment targets
3) Make a treatment recommendation with the client
4) Allow for the client to review the contract and make an informed choice in treatment.

What does the commitment to DBT look like?
We are a DBT adherent program meaning we offer the 4 components of DBT treatment: individual therapy, group therapy, phone coaching, and consultation team.

Treatment includes: weekly individual sessions, weekly group skills training lasting 1 ½ hours, phone coaching, and consultation team.

What groups do you offer?
We offer an adult group, young adult group, and a multifamily skills group for adolescents.

The adolescent group requires at least one parent to attend. The parent must complete an assessment and sign a treatment contract for group only prior to joining the group.

We also offer a Friends and Family program. Family members and partners learn skills to better cope and support their loved one struggling with emotional dysregulation. It is based on the work of Perry Hoffman, Alan Fruzzetti, Marsha Linehan, and Shari Manning. Please note, this group does not provide treatment, it is only meant as a source of information and support. This group is self pay only for $40.00 per session.

Are there additional fees for the program?
There is a monthly program fee of $200.00 to cover the cost of phone coaching and consultation team that cannot be billed to insurance.
Are there exclusions for the program?
Our DBT program does not target individuals diagnosed with primary anorexia or active psychosis. A primary diagnosis of substance abuse must be evaluated to determine whether outpatient is an appropriate level of care.
I am being referred by my current therapist, will I have to change therapists?
Yes. This allows the clinician to stay within the framework of DBT to provide full benefit of treatment.
Do you have brochures?
Yes. We can mail brochures as requested, however, there are no digital copies available. Please see the website on DBT for more programming information. Our clinical assistants are available to answer questions about the program.
If I am a provider, how do I make a referral to the DBT program?

You may also send a faxed referral form to (757) 340-6300. Anyone interested in the program may also send an email to requesting a phone call from one of our clinical assistants.