Minnesota Center for Psychology

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DBT for Eating Disorders

The DBT-ED (Eating Disorder) skills group is open to any individual currently struggling with disordered eating. The group combines the concepts of standard DBT and DBT as adapted for eating disorders. In teaching the adapted version of DBT for eating disorders, clients will learn additional skills within the standard DBT modules (mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance) to stop problematic eating behaviors.


What we know about eating disorders from the affect regulation model is that there is a direct link between negative affect and disordered eating. Meaning, individuals with eating disorders tend to experience difficulties in regulating emotions. The disordered eating functions as a behavioral attempt to influence, change or control painful emotional states. This dysfunction results in both emotional vulnerability and inadequate skills for adaptive emotion regulation resulting in frequent reliance on the disordered eating behaviors (restricting, binge eating and/or purging, etc.).


Therefore the goal of skills training is to learn and practice adaptive emotion regulation skills to replace the eating disorder behavior. The treatment targets include a path to mindful eating and increasing skillful emotion regulation behaviors by learning and applying mindfulness skills, emotion regulation skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills, and distress tolerance skills.


Clients are required to see an individual therapist as well as participate in the weekly DBT-ED skills group. MCP is currently offering one DBT-ED group per week on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:30pm.


To schedule an intake assessment, please contact MCP at 651-644-4100. To learn more abut the DBT-ED skills group or to make a referral ask to be connected with Cait Schmitz.

Daring Way 7 Week Workshop

Daring Way resiliency workshop based on the work of Brene Brown to be held at MCP

“In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen.  Really, truly deeply seen.” – Brene Brown

Lisa DuBois-Schmitz, Psy.D., L.P., CDWF and Andrea Anderson, Psy.D., L.P. will be leading a 7-week Daring Way group at the Minnesota Center for Psychology.  The group will be held on Fridays from 3:00-5:00pm from October 27 through December 15th, 2017.

This group is self-pay only and the cost is $450, payable by cash, check or credit card.

For more information, or to sign up contact Lisa at 651-272-1029 or Andrea at 651-272-1016.

Individual Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents, Adults

MCP offers individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults.  The first session is an assessment session to identify specific problems, diagnoses and goals.  After the initial assessment, the clinician will create and review a treatment plan, share recommendations and determine the frequency and anticipated duration of treatment.   Psychotherapists at MCP have various theoretical orientations including cognitive behavioral/cognitive therapy, psychodynamic, eclectic and reality therapy.

Most types of insurance are accepted, as is private pay. Please contact your insurance company to determine your level of coverage.

For more information, to make a referral, or to schedule an intake for child therapy, adolescent therapy, or adult therapy please contact the MCP front desk at 651-644-4100.

For more information on MCP’s services for children, click here.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Adults and Adolescents

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is an evidence based comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment. It is designed to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality traits. Borderline Personality Disorder is a diagnosis that includes dysregulation of several areas: emotions, interpersonal, self, behaviors and cognition. Clients receiving DBT services may struggle with suicidal thoughts or behaviors, self-injurious thoughts or behaviors, impulsive behaviors that may be self-damaging (i.e., alcohol/drug use, binge eating, restricting food, purging, gambling, reckless driving, sexual behaviors, dissociating, etc.), anger issues, identity issues, a sense of emptiness, fears of abandonment, relationship problems and mood issues. It is common for individuals in DBT to also struggle with depression, anxiety, chemical dependency/abuse, and/or trauma related issues.

The goal of DBT is to create “a life worth living.” Clients work on identifying goals for what “a life worth living” would look like for them. Other goals include decreasing suicidal thoughts and behavior, decreasing self-injurious urges and behavior, reducing impulsivity, decreasing clinical symptoms such as depression, anxiety and anger, reducing frequency and duration of psychiatric hospitalizations, improving interpersonal effectiveness, increasing coping skills and increasing overall functioning.

DBT clients attend a skills group and individual psychotherapy. Skills group is similar to taking a class. Clients learn and practice skills from four modules:


Focuses on quality of attention and awareness.


Focuses on getting through a time of distress/crisis without doing anything to make the situation worse.


Focuses on initiating/maintaining/repairing relationships, effectively making requests and setting boundaries and increasing/maintaining self-respect.


Focuses on decreasing emotional sensitivity/intensity, preventing unwanted emotions from starting and stopping or reducing unwanted emotions once they start.

In individual therapy, clients review a diary card (used to monitor daily symptoms and skills used) as well as chain analyses (used to analyze behaviors the client wants to change and to identify skills that may be helpful). The individual therapist is also available for coaching calls outside of the session to help the client problem-solve barriers and identify skills to try.

Both skills trainers and individual therapists attend a weekly consultation meeting to gain support and consultation from their colleagues. Skills trainers and individual therapists encourage clients to consider a dialectical approach which includes balancing acceptance and change in the therapeutic process.

The DBT program at MCP is certified by the State of MN as a DBT adherent program.  This means that we follow the guidelines as marked out by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., A.B.P.P, the developer of DBT.

The majority of clinicians who offer DBT services at MCP have been intensively trained through Behavioral Tech, LLC, an organization dedicated to teaching DBT that adheres to Dr. Marsha Linehan’s model.

The DBT services provided at MCP include:


For more information or to get started with setting up an assessment for our Adult DBT programs (including DBT-SUD or DBT-ED), contact MCP at 651-644-4100.  **Please note, our general Adult DBT program currently has limited availability** 

Family and Couple Psychotherapy

Family and couple psychotherapy are available both separately, and in conjunction with individual psychotherapy. The first session is an assessment session to identify specific problems, diagnoses and goals. After the initial assessment, the clinician will create and review a treatment plan, share recommendations and determine the frequency and anticipated duration of treatment.

Family therapy is covered by most types of insurance or can be private pay. Please contact your insurance company to determine your level of coverage.

Couple Psychotherapy is not a covered service by insurance and is only available at MCP by self-pay. Rates vary by clinician.

For more information, to make a referral, or to schedule an intake, please contact the MCP front desk at 651-644-4100.

Trauma-Focused CBT

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), developed by Esther Deblinger, Ph.D. (co-director of New Jersey CARES Institute), Judith Cohen M.D. (Medical Director of Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents), and Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D. (Director of Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents), is an evidence based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), complicated grief, and trauma-related problems in children and adolescents ages 3-18.  It has been proven effective in reducing PTSD symptoms, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, and shame in children who have experienced trauma and abuse and has been named “Best Practice” for cases of child abuse (Medical University of South Carolina).


TF-CBT typically consists of 12-16 weekly therapy sessions, although more sessions may be needed in cases of multiple traumas.  Sessions incorporate cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles.  Treatment provides psychoeducation regarding trauma and its effects, teaches effective coping skills, and provides exposure via creating a narrative of the traumatic event(s).  Children gain a sense of mastery over the trauma through repeated reading of his/her trauma narrative. Parent sessions are also a component of treatment to provide support, guidance, parenting strategies, and education regarding the effects of trauma.


Please contact the front desk at 651-644-4100 to connect with a TF-CBT therapist at MCP.


Most types of insurance are accepted, as is private pay.  Please contact your insurance company to determine your level of coverage.


For more information, to make a referral, or to schedule an intake, please contact MCP at 651-644-4100.

Children’s Services at MCP

MCP clinicians and practitioners provide a wide variety of services for children and adolescents, ages 3-17.


Some of these services include:

For more information on any of the services at MCP, to schedule an assessment or to make a referral, call 651-644-4100.  

Play Therapy

Play is a child’s natural way of connecting with the world, expressing emotions, practicing the skills and roles needed for survival, developing problem solving skills and preparing for the adult world.  Clinicians working with children at MCP utilize play to help children learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skills deficits.   In a play therapy session, a mental health clinician oversees the play environment, helping children feel safe as they explore and gain mastery over conflicts and concerns.

Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002). Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.  The use of play therapy helps children to:

  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.
For more information about play therapy, or to schedule an assessment for your child, contact MCP at 651-644-4100.  

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Prolonged Exposure therapy, developed by Edna Foa, Ph.D. (Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania), is an evidence based treatment for chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and problems related to trauma.  It is designed to help trauma survivors decrease fear, anxiety and distress associated with the trauma.  Prolonged Exposure can be helpful for individuals who have experienced various types of trauma including rape, violent physical assault, childhood sexual abuse, terrorist attacks, combat, motor vehicle accidents and disasters (Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety).

The treatment program consists of 10-15 weekly or twice weekly treatment sessions that last 1.5 hours each.  The treatment is based on cognitive behavioral principals.  Prolonged Exposure therapy consists of psycho-education regarding common reactions to trauma, breathing retraining, repeated exposure to situations or objects that do not pose a threat but which the client avoids due to their history of trauma and revisiting and recounting the trauma memory in imagery in order to process the trauma and reduce emotional impact.  Clients are assigned daily homework between sessions.  Prolonged Exposure therapy requires that the individual has a memory of their trauma.

Several providers at MCP are currently accepting referrals for Prolonged Exposure.  All are certified PE providers after having been trained and supervised by the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.  Dr. Rebecca Getz is also a certified trainer for Prolonged Exposure.

Most types of insurance are accepted, as is private pay. Please contact your insurance company to determine your level of coverage.

For more information, to make a referral, or to schedule an intake, please contact MCP at 651-644-4100.

DBT for Substance Use Disorders

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Substance Use Disorders (DBT-SUD) was created for people diagnosed with both Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorder (chemical abuse and dependency).  Developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, this model is supported by emerging evidence that DBT can be enhanced to effectively meet the unique needs of people with both disorders.  As part of the DBT-SUD model, clients will be provided with all of the components of standard DBT.  In addition, there is an emphasis on both abstinence and harm reduction models of chemical health treatment, targeted interventions to enhance motivation and maintain participation in treatment, and DBT skills developed specifically for the DBT-SUD population.  These enhancements to standard DBT are included in both the individual and group components of treatment.  Participation in the program is contingent upon a client meeting all of the following criteria:

•        Diagnosis of a Substance Use Disorder
•        Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder or emotional dysregulation as a symptom of mental illness
•        Commitment to maintain or work toward abstinence
•        Commitment to participate in weekly individual and skills group therapies for a period of 1 year
•        Commitment to take all mental health and chemical replacement medications as prescribed
•        Commitment to undergo regular UAs and/or other chemical testing on an ongoing basis if required
•        Appropriate insurance coverage and/or a commitment to pay all out-of-pocket expenses

MCP is currently offering three DBT-SUD groups each week; Mondays 9:30am-12:00pm and Wednesday evenings from 5-7:30pm.

For more information or to request an appointment for an assessment, please contact Minnesota Center for Psychology at 651-644-4100 and ask about the DBT-SUD program.