Referrals & Appointments
To make a referral or schedule an appointment for services, please call 304-388-1000.
We accept referrals from healthcare providers AND self-referrals. Please note that your insurance company may require you to obtain a referral from your doctor for services to be authorized.
We are physically located on the campus of Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Division.
Our address is 3200 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Charleston, WV 25302. We are housed within the WVU-Charleston Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, on the 5th Floor of the Robert C. Byrd Clinical Teaching Center.
Pre-Treatment Consultation: Pre-treatment consultation is an evaluation process that assists in determining if DBT is an appropriate treatment for a person referred to our program. This process lasts 2-4 sessions, during which structured diagnostic interviews are conducted with the referred person, and information about treatment goals and the person's life history are collected. An initial treatment plan may be developed during this stage of treatment. This consultation may also help identify other treatment options that would be a better fit for the person than DBT. We do not assume that DBT is the best treatment for everyone who is referred to our program; the appropriateness of DBT is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Although all services in the DBT Services Program begin with the pre-treatment consultation process, this does not guarantee that someone will be enrolled in our program.
Our comprehensive DBT program is a 12-month program, and requires a commitment to at least one weekly individual therapy session, one weekly skills training group, and skills coaching via phone on an as-needed basis.
Our comprehensive adolescent DBT program is a 16-week program for adolescents 14-18, and requires a commitment to at least one weekly individual therapy session, one weekly multi-family skills training group (at least one parent or caregiver is required to attend each week), family sessions on an as-needed basis, and skills coaching via phone also on an as-needed basis. Adolescent skills training classes run in cycles of 16 weeks. One cycle begins in early August and ends in November. The second cycle begins in January and ends in May.
DBT Supplemental Skills Training
For those seeking to supplement their current individual therapy by learning the skills taught in DBT, we offer the option of participating in our skills training groups (24 weeks for adults; 16 weeks for adolescents) while continuing to participate in ongoing individual therapy with your current therapist. Please note that although we offer this as a service to the community, this is not "DBT" and is not currently considered an evidence-based treatment.
Current Schedule for Skills Training
Monday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (adults)
Monday: 3:30-5:00 p.m. (adolescents); August-November, January-May
Tuesdays: 3:00-5:00 p.m. (adults)
The WVU DBT Services Program is housed within the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU School of Medicine-Charleston, which accepts most major insurance plans, including WV Medicaid and Medicare. Please check with your insurance company to find out if DBT is covered by your plan. Remember that because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, it is now illegal for anyone to be discriminated against by their insurance company for pre-existing conditions. This protection includes psychiatric disorders and conditions.
Understanding Insurance & Billing
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