DBT Clinic FAQ

How do I make an appointment?

Contact the MML DBT clinic at 206.685.3295 or by e-mail at DBTclinic@uw.edu.  You should be aware that the Intake Coordinator may not be able to return your call immediately but will contact you as soon as possible. There will be an out-going message on the Intake Coordinator's voicemail with current information about the schedule for returning calls to prospective clients. If we are currently accepting new clients, our Intake Coordinator will contact you to perform a phone screen to help determine whether you are a suitable candidate for DBT at our clinic. If our intake coordinator believes another clinic in the community may be a better fit, they will provide you with as much referral information as possible.

Who delivers the treatment?

The MML DBT clinic is a training clinic for graduate students in the Clinical and Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs at the University of Washington. Because we are a training facility, advanced graduate students deliver both DBT individual therapy and DBT skills training under the supervision of the DBT clinic director and other licensed supervisors. Graduate students have completed extensive coursework and foundational practicum experiences before participating in the DBT Clinic practicum. In addition to close clinical supervision, the graduate student therapists meet with the director weekly on a DBT consultation team to help ensure that they adhere to the standards of the treatment.

How long does it take to complete a DBT program?

The length of time the program of treatment will take depends on the treatment targets agreed upon by the client and their individual therapist. A comprehensive DBT program requires a minimum of 6 months of skills training to be delivered concurrently with individual therapy. Our program begins with an initial 6-month commitment to treatment. At the end of those 6 months, you will work with your therapist to evaluate your progress toward your treatment goals. You and your therapist will then decide on how much additional time you should plan to spend in treatment continuing to work toward those goals. If treatment goals have been reached before the end of the 6 months you can work with your therapist to decide whether to end treatment or components of the treatment before the 6 months have elapsed.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of DBT clinic services is based on the modes of treatment you receive in our clinic and who provides the services. We have a graduated fee scale which is based on income.

Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis, and a reduced fee application must be submitted and approved by the Clinic Manager prior to the first appointment. If you would like to apply for reduced fee services, please inquire with the intake coordinator.

Payments for individual sessions are due at the time of session. Payments for the skills training group are taken monthly and are charged at the beginning of the month.