Frequently Asked Questions

This section is dedicated to offering helpful resources for new and returning clients and their families and loved ones, and for healthcare professionals. Here, new clients can download the necessary forms for their DBT assessment and existing clients can download diary cards. There are also links to additional resources for crises, research and better understanding how DBT can work for you and your loved ones.

DBT of TOWSON
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions

This section is dedicated to offering helpful resources for new and returning clients and their families and loved ones, and for healthcare professionals. Here, new clients can download the necessary forms for their DBT assessment and existing clients can download diary cards. There are also links to additional resources for crises, research and better understanding how DBT can work for you and your loved ones.

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Intake Process

When is the next skills class module? How do I register?

Our 25-week course is divided into three modules. Participants are able to join at the beginning of each module, approximately every eight to nine weeks. In order to join the group, we conduct two 50-minute assessments to gather history, coordinate with other treatment providers, and begin to orient clients to the DBT process. We require a $280 deposit to secure a space in an upcoming group. To begin this process please contact us to schedule your intake appointment.

Some of our therapists accept Blue Cross Blue Shield or Hopkins EHP for intake assessment sessions. Please contact us for more detail.

Next Module Starts October 1st

Will I need to buy a workbook

Yes. During your intake assessment you will purchase the DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, by Marsha M. Linehan. When you attend orientation, you will receive your workbook and all other class materials.

What if I miss my intake session?

Failure to attend a scheduled intake appointment without providing at least 24-hours notice is disruptive to our intake coordinator’s scheduling efforts and may prevent us from serving other clients. A $125 fee will be incurred for missing your intake session under these conditions. Please be prepared to provide credit card information at time of scheduling. Your card will not be charged unless the fee is incurred.

Treatment

Can I keep my current therapist?

You may certainly keep your current therapist and attend our skills training class. If you require extra assistance, or  for clients enrolled in group whose outside therapists may not be trained in DBT, we provide skills coaching sessions on an as-needed basis to help clients better understand how to apply the DBT skills they are learning in group to their individual lives.

How long is DBT of Towson’s treatment?

DBT of TOWSON’s 25-week group program consists of three learning modules, which comprise the four aspects of DBT: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. We teach two weeks of mindfulness at the beginning of each new module to ensure that all entering clients receiving mindfulness instruction. We also recommend that clients prepare for a one year commitment in order to a complete the program twice through. It is our experience that it takes times to regulate one’s emotions and that consistent instruction and emersion in skills training for one year sets clients up to be the most successful.  

Group

How is skills class different than group therapy?

We often refer to skills training as a class because the emphasis is on acquiring new skills. In addition, skills class is led by a skills trainer, just as a college class is led by an instructor or professor. In contrast, group therapy focuses more on processing thoughts and feelings. Although participants share some personal information, DBT is not a process group. Clients are encouraged to share emotions and experiences that come up in group with their individual therapists.

How long are groups?

Each group is is two hours in length. We start with a 10-15 minute mindfulness practice followed up a brief check in. We then review assigned homework from the week before. After a short 5-10 minute break we continue with new teaching focused on application of each skill to the clients’ lives. We end with a mindful wind down and assignment of homework for the next week.

What is a diary card?

The diary card is a tool for mindfully tracking emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and skill usage each day. It is an effective way to increase mindfulness and learn about oneself. It also helps clients better understand the nature of their emotion dysregulation and make the connection between skill usage and progress.

How do I get my child or loved one into DBT group?

Please have your loved one contact our intake coordinator to arrange for an assessment. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our program. However, we must speak with your loved one directly to schedule.

Do people ever get discharged or dropped?

Clients are required to sign a group participation agreement which outlines our guidelines and agreements for participating in skills group. These rules support both personal success as well as that of other group members. If there is a repeated violation of the group participation agreement, we do reserve the right to have that client discontinue group. If this should occur, however, the client would still be financial responsible for the full fee of the class.

What happens if I am admitted to the hospital?

If you are admitted to the hospital, please have your therapist call to let us know. We will put a hold on your account and there will be no financial penalty for missed sessions. We will determine how to proceed with group depending on the length of your hospital stay.

We Are Currently Offering the Following Groups

This section is dedicated to offering helpful resources for new & returning clients, as well as emergency crisis, family and loved ones, and healthcare professional information. Here, you will be able to download and print all necessary forms including: client contact sheet, consent for treatment, financial agreement, general release of information, using out of network benefits, diary card, emergency contact release, inclement weather policy, credit card authorization form, release of HIPAA, therapist release of information, and more. There are also links to additional resources to better understand how DBT can work for you or your loved ones.

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DBT of TOWSON was established in 2016 by Katie Holden and Jackie Dressel in an effort to give our emotionally dysregulated clients a place to learn skills to reclaim their lives, their relationships, and their dignity. All of our therapists are fully licensed and have successfully completed Behavioral Tech’s Foundational Training. Our goal is to be a leading provider of high-quality DBT group and individual therapy to clients in the greater Baltimore area.

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