DBT Therapists In NYC

Find the best DBT therapists in NYC. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a therapy approach that combines cognitive behavioral therapy techniques with mindfulness practice to treat various mental health conditions. DBT is most notably used to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), though it can also help individuals with depression and those who struggle with substance abuse, binge eating, and other self-destructive behaviors. DBT works by providing patients with the skills to be present and aware,, accept and regulate their emotions, tolerate distress, set healthy boundaries with others, and respond to harmful impulses in a more adaptive way.

The following therapists specialize in DBT. Most are based in Manhattan with the majority concentrated in Midtown and on the Upper East and West Sides, but there are a number who practice in Brooklyn and Queens as well.

DBT is known as an effective form of therapy – especially for personality disorders – and insurance companies such as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Consolidated Health Plans, Medicare, and UnitedHealthcare will typically cover outpatient treatment, or individual therapy sessions. Health insurance coverage may differ for DBT programs offered in intensive outpatient program and day hospital settings, in which therapy groups are also a component of the treatment. Note, however, that the extent to which your insurance covers session costs depends on your specific plan and deductible amount. It can also be difficult to find therapists who have advanced training in DBT and are in-network with health insurances; if you are having trouble finding an in-network therapist, consider expanding your search to therapists outside your plan and seeking out-of-network reimbursements. If you end up finding a therapist who is not in your health insurance network, expect to pay anywhere from $175 to $250 per session in New York City.

Individual DBT sessions typically last 45 minutes to 1 hour, while group sessions can run twice as long. One-on-ones usually begin with a check-in followed by some skills-building exercises. Groups may focus entirely on mindfulness as a means of dealing with stress and strong emotions.

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DBT Therapists in NYC

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How to find the best DBT therapist in New York City

How much does DBT therapy in NYC cost?

Should your therapist accept insurance, you'd only be responsible for the copay – typically $20 to $40. However, if you have a high-deductible plan, you can expect to pay $175 to $250+ per session until your insurance starts contributing.

If you don’t have insurance, or your insurance isn't accepted, know that some therapists can offer their services on a sliding scale to patients with limited financial resources.

Does health insurance in NYC cover DBT?

In many cases, individual sessions are covered (or mostly covered), and group sessions aren't. In others, sessions are covered in the beginning, but not for the entire duration of treatment.

That said, there are some NYC therapists who accept payment via Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Consolidated Health Plans, Medicare, UnitedHealthcare, and NYU's student health insurance program.

Where are most DBT therapists in NYC located?

NYC therapists who specialize in DBT are concentrated in Manhattan with the majority seeing patients in the Midtown area. Though there are a number of offices on the Upper East and West Sides as well as in Greenwich Village, SoHo, and the Financial District.

There are also some DBT therapists in Brooklyn and Queens.

What should I look for in a DBT therapist?

Be sure that your therapist has an advanced certification in DBT and experience treating your area of concern. While many therapists have competence across the mental health spectrum, some have expertise in particular diagnoses, like borderline personality disorder, anorexia, and PTSD. Depending on the severity of your concerns, you may also want to ask the therapist what level of support you can expect to receive from them between sessions should a crisis emerge.

What other DBT resources are there in NYC?

There are several DBT support groups around NYC that can reinforce the coping and stress management skills you develop in your one-on-one sessions.