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Q: Do CBT and DBT Work?

Research has shown that CBT and DBT are effective treatments for a wide range of problems, including: depression, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety and other phobias, relationship and marital problems, parent-child relationship conflicts, behavioral problems, personality disorder, suicidal and non-suicidal self injurious behaviors, borderline personality disorder, habit problems, procrastination, and other stress-related disorders. The overwhelming majority of patients who seek out CBT and DBT find it to be quite helpful. Most patients find it significantly more problem-focused and active than previous therapies they have tried.

Q: What is the advantage of CBT and DBT?

  • Proven effective. There are hundreds of research studies demonstrating that CBT and DBT are effective treatments. For many disorders, CBT and DBT are more effective treatment than other forms of psychotherapy and is equivalent to medication.
  • Short-term. CBT and DBT achieve results quickly. The course of treatment tends to be considerably shorter than for traditional approaches to psychotherapy.
  • Cost-effective. These active and focused psychotherapeutic approaches makes the cost of treatment less expensive than other forms of treatment. The focus on skill building and client independence minimizes the length of treatment and reduces the risk of relapse.
  • Lasting results. CBT and DBT provide many practical strategies that can be used even when therapy is over to cope with life more effectively.

Q: How long is a typical course of treatment in CBT and DBT?

While it is hard to predict how long successful treatment will take since it depends upon many factors, a “typical” course of CBT is between four to six months of weekly sessions but can take longer depending on the problem. DBT is often longer and takes at least six months to a year.

Generally speaking, the more specific one’s problem is, the shorter the treatment will be. Problems that tend to be generalized and long-standing often take longer to resolve, as treatment requires changing ingrained patterns. Regardless of how long the treatment will take, it is important to note that you should feel some improvement within the first few treatment sessions, and you should see progress.

Q: How do I decide if I should begin treatment with you or with another therapist?

When choosing a therapist, it is important to evaluate the therapist’s credentials to determine the level of expertise in the treatment being provided. As a consumer, you have the right to shop around and ask your potential therapist questions in order to determine whether they are a good match for you.

Each of our clinicians at Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan specializes in cognitive behavior therapy and/or dialectical behavior therapy. Specific information about the credentials of each of our dedicated therapists can be found at CBC Staff.

Once you have evaluated a therapist’s credentials, it is also important to schedule a consultation session to determine if you feel comfortable working with him or her. Ensuring a comfortable working relationship with your therapist will go a long way in making the treatment go well.

Q: Are the services CBC provides reimbursable through insurance?

The services provided by therapists at CBC are reimbursable through your insurance coverage. Our therapists bill clients directly. Each bill includes the necessary information required by insurance companies. These bills can then be submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement. The therapists at CBC do not belong to any managed care plans, and therefore will be considered “out-of-network” providers.

Q: How do I find out how much my insurance company will reimburse me for your service?

If you would like to find out how much your insurance carrier will reimburse you, we recommend calling the company and asking them how much they will reimburse for the specific service you are seeking (i.e. individual psychotherapy, group therapy, psychological assessment). In determining how much you will be reimbursed, be sure to ask them the percentage of the doctor’s fees they will reimburse, if there is a deductible, and what their maximum allowable is.


Make an Appointment or a Referral

Please contact our Director of Intake Services at 212-595-9559 (ext.5) or 914-385-1150 (ext.1), or fill out the form above, with any questions regarding eligibility, for further information, or to make a referral. If you are a current patient at CBC, please speak to your individual therapist to see how this group may be of added benefit to you.