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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.

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 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.

How does payment for services work? 

Partners in Wellness is considered out-of-network with all insurance companies. This means you are responsible for making payment at the time of service. Please contact one of our providers to discuss fees. Most major credit cards, HSA cards, and checks are accepted. 


We understand you may seek out-of-network benefits from your insurance company or may simply wish to apply fees paid towards your deductible. You may request a superbill from your clinician, which includes dates of service, fees paid, diagnostic codes, service codes, and your clinicians’ credentials. All financial discussions with your insurance are between you and your insurance company. We cannot guarantee that you will be reimbursed.

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 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.

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