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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

How to Enroll in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program

Please follow the instructions below to submit and application.

New eligibility requirements: Due to a high demand for our services, CHA is prioritizing appointments for patients who are either enrolled in Primary Care at CHA or are residents of our service area (Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop, MA). If you or your child do not meet these criteria, our staff may be able to assist you in finding a referral service.


STEP 1:

IF CLIENT HAS A THERAPIST, then the therapist fills out a DBT Referral Form:
  1. If client is being seen at Cambridge Health Alliance, email form to Matthew Leeds, PhD. To follow up on a DBT referral, please contact Dr. Leeds at 617-575-5373
  2. If client is not currently seen at the Alliance and referral is being sent from outside the system, then print the DBT Referral Form and mail to: Matthew Leeds, PhD, 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143 or fax the referral to 617-591-6029.
  • In addition, if client is not currently seen at the Alliance and Dr. Leeds agrees it would be appropriate for this individual to pursue participation in the DBT program, then client must call to make an appointment for a General Psychiatry Intake Evaluation (617-591-6033). A general Psychiatry Intake Evaluation is a prerequisite for participation in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program.
IF CLIENT DOES NOT HAVE A THERAPIST, then client should also call to make an appointment for a General Psychiatry Intake Evaluation (617-591-6033).

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants should be aware at the outset that the commitment in this DBT program is one year of both a weekly skills group and an individual therapy that follows the DBT protocol.

STEP 2:

Call Dr. Matthew Leeds (617-575-5377) to schedule a DBT intake evaluation.

STEP 3:

Sign up for the next DBT Pre-Commitment group, a 1-session informational group to orient individuals interested in DBT before they commit to a year of treatment. This group occurs on the third Thursday of every month from 1 – 2 pm, 3rd floor, 26 Central Street. CHA clinicians can send a referral form to Dr. Leeds.

STEP 4:

After meeting with Dr. Leeds and completing the Pre-Commitment group, individuals are on a waiting list. A rough estimate of the current wait time to begin in a DBT group is 3 months (the actual wait time may be less or more than that).

STEP 5:

Assignment to a DBT skills group.
  • It is preferable, but not required, that clients have a DBT trained individual therapist.


DBT GROUPS

1.  DBT Groups
    • Wednesday, 10:00-11:40 AM: For women only, led by Matthew Leeds, PhD and a co-leader
    • Friday, 10:00-11:40 AM: For women and men, led by Matthew Leeds, PhD and a co-leader

2.  Advanced DBT groups (Prerequisite for advanced groups - graduation from a DBT group at Cambridge Health Alliance and space in the group.)
    • Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 PM, ongoing, women only, led by Matthew Leeds, PhD and a co-leader

3.  DBT-Informed Skills Groups
    • Thursdays 4:00 - 5:30 PM at 26 Central Street: For women who do not self-injure, attempt suicide, abuse substances or make significant use of emergency rooms or inpatient units. This group may include graduates from a one-year DBT skills group who wish to consolidate and extend their skills practice. It is an "intermediate" group. All participants must be in an individual therapy, but DBT individual therapy is not required. Commitment is for 6 months. As individuals graduate, new members will come in. Please contact Chris Carter-Husk, LICSW, with referrals.
      • If emailing from outside CHA, please do not use client names or information, just send a query asking for further contact.
      • If emailing from inside CHA, please describe why client is appropriate for this group given the inclusion criteria, the client's goals for treatment, diagnosis and insurance. A half-hour screening interview will be scheduled.
    • Fridays 5:00 - 6:10 PM at 26 Central Street: For men & women who do not self-injure, attempt suicide, abuse substances or make significant use of emergency rooms or inpatient units. This group may include graduates from a one-year DBT skills group who wish to consolidate and extend their skills practice. All participants must be in an individual therapy, but DBT individual therapy is not required. Commitment is for 6 months. As individuals graduate new members will come in, led by Martha Sweezy, PhD.