Minnesota Center for Psychology

  • 651-644-4100

    Midtown Commons Building
    2324 University Ave West
    Suite 120
    St Paul, MN 55114

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Where are you located?
Our office is located in the Midway area of St. Paul (near Highways 94 and 280). We are in the rear of the Midtown Commons building. For address and directions click here.

Is there parking available?
Free parking is available on both sides of the building.  Our building is in between two smaller office/retail buildings.  Enter the parking lot on either side of our neighboring buildings and head to the parking area near the rear of our building.  Look for the green awning that says 2324.

Is there a bus/Light Rail stop near MCP?
Yes. MCP is conveniently located on the #16 and #50 bus lines that stop on University Avenue, and near the #87 bus line that stops on Raymond Avenue. The Raymond Avenue light rail stop is just outside our front door!

What is DBT?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence based comprehensive cognitive behavioral therapy developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. to treat individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality traits. The goal of DBT is to create “a life worth living.” Individual therapy and skills groups are both part of DBT. In individual therapy, clients address safety issues, therapy interfering issues, quality of life interfering issues and other targets/goals. Clients also call their therapist outside of sessions for “coaching calls” to problem-solve and identify skills to try. Skills group is similar to taking a class. In skills group, clients learn and practice skills from four modules: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotional Regulation. DBT individual therapists and skills trainers attend a weekly DBT meeting to gain support and consult with their colleagues. For more information on MCP’s DBT services, click here.

When are your DBT skills groups held?
Our DBT skills groups are held at various times between 9 am and 7:30 pm, Monday through Friday. We also have Saturday groups available.  Groups meet once a week for 2 1/2 hours. We have groups specific to Adults, Young Adults (Ages 18-23), Adolescents, Substance Use, and a group for working professionals.  For more information on MCP’s DBT services, click here.

How many people are in a group?
It depends. Most groups average 8 people per session, but can be as few as 3 or as many as 12.  The Adolescent Multi-Family group consists of adolescents and their parents.

How long does DBT last?
Length of treatment is based on how quickly it takes for a client to reach their goals determined in individual therapy. Clients generally commit to participate in skills group for one year.

Do you provide only DBT?
No. We provide non-DBT individual, couple, and family therapy.  We also provide non-DBT groups such as social skills for children and adolescents.  We provide other specialized therapies such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, Exposure Response Prevention for OCD, Trauma-Focused CBT for children and more.  Learn about all of our services here.

What insurances do you accept?
As a clinic, we accept most major insurances, such as Aetna, Behavior Health Plan (BHP), Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Blue Plus, Cigna, Health Partners, Medica, Medicare, Medical Assistance, Metropolitan Healthcare (Hennepin Health), Minnesota Care, Preferred One, U Care, and United Healthcare, among others. The acceptance of specific insurances can vary among individual providers. Please contact your insurance company prior to beginning services to determine your eligibility.

Do you have a sliding scale?
Our clinic does not have a specific policy regarding a sliding scale fee. However, for self-pay clients, many of our clinicians arrange self-pay agreements on a case by case basis.

Who do I contact with a question about my bill/insurance, etc?
Questions about your account, a bill, or setting up a payment plan can be directed to our billing team at 651-644-4100. Questions about your insurance coverage should be directed to your insurance company. MCP is not responsible for determining your coverage. Questions about insurance authorizations or information about insurance changes can be directed to our Insurance Liaison, Roberta Shabro at 651-272-1019. Other questions pertaining to the clinic may be directed to our Clinic Administrator, Kristin Standafer at 651-272-1023.

Can I see someone right away?
We are not an emergency or urgent care mental health clinic.  If you need immediate assistance, please call a crisis line (Crisis Connection 612-379-6363), dial 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.  We can not guarantee any appointments for new patients. Please call the office at 651-644-4100 to check therapist availability for individual and family therapy. DBT assessments are typically scheduled within one week. Individual therapy and other assessment appointments are scheduled depending on the availability of the individual clinicians. We maintain a potential client list, if no individual therapy appointments are available.