Are all Family Based Treatment (FBT) therapists the same?


Certified FBT therapists have attended a 2-day training and participated in on-going clinical supervision across a variety of cases over a 1-2 year period. At Partners in Wellness, we are dedicated to best practices in FBT and our certified FBT therapists participate in regular peer consultation. Practically, this means we have the experience and skill to adapt FBT principles to fit your family’s needs. Currently, Dr. Bumberry and Cherie Massmann are the only certified FBT therapists in practice in Missouri.

What if I need additional services that you don’t provide?


It is part of our mission at Partners in Wellness to connect people with the provider or treatment center that will best fit their individual needs. We strongly value our relationships with other providers in the area and feel very comfortable providing specific referrals if we are unable to offer what is needed.

What is evidence-based therapy?


An evidence based therapy is one that has been demonstrated through research to be effective in reducing symptoms in a measurable way. Clinical trials may compare therapies to each other or to a wait list group and assess progress at regular intervals. By identifying effective interventions and strategies, therapists are able to provide services rooted in research. It is then up to the therapist to bring this research to life in session and to tailor it to the individual needs to the client.

Why should I pay out-of-network when I could see a therapist in-network?


When people begin to search for a therapy provider for themselves or a loved one, a commonly asked first question is “Do you take my insurance?” While the financial commitment to therapy is a reality, it is also important to ask questions about the therapist’s treatment philosophy and available research to support that approach for a particular concern. Before you invest your time, money, and energy into a therapy process, be sure you ask these questions and feel confident in the therapy and therapist you are choosing. It is worth the financial investment to find a qualified provider that can provide effective treatment.

What is the benefit of a group if I’m already doing individual DBT?


A DBT group increases skill acquisition and learning when doing DBT treatment. Individual sessions are important to address issues pertaining to you while groups give you the foundation for skills. Combing both individual and group formats makes the treatment effective and efficient. A DBT group can also offer a supportive environment to understand and use new skills to improve one’s overall quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from my experience at Partners in Wellness?


From the moment you walk through our doors, it is our intention that you experience a warm, welcoming environment. You will meet with a highly trained, specialized therapist who will take the time to get to know you, understand your story, and provide you with practical tools to help you overcome current barriers and cultivate hope for the future. We can expect individualized, effective, evidence-based therapy.

How does Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT) address eating disorders?


Eating disorder behaviors often function to help regulate difficult emotions that feel overwhelming and out of control. This can result in emotional numbing and avoidance, followed by experiences of intense emotions and self-destructive behaviors such as suicide attempts, self-harm, binge eating, purging, and substance abuse. DBT provides alternative options.

Why would I pick Family Based Treatment over individual therapy for my teenager?


Helping your child recover from an eating disorder is a daunting task. Your adolescent may regularly and routinely tell you that they don’t need you… and they do. Taking your child at face value when they push you away may actually keep them stuck. Research demonstrates that adolescents often do not recover on their own, even with the best of intentions. Their biology simply won’t let them. We know parents have the best vantage point and know their child better than a therapist ever could, so our mission is to empower parents with information and skills needed to restore their child’s health. In short, parents know best and FBT therapists know how to empower and support parents.

Why do athletes need specialized services?


An athlete faces the demand of daily life, such as school or work, along with unique pressures associated with sport. Whether you are looking to improve your athletic performance or address an eating disorder, we know that you may need special expertise. Partners in Wellness strives to treat distressing issues while keeping you connected to your sport, and returning as a healthier, happier athlete.