Our Staff 

Who We Are

Lee Hoffman, LCSW

Director, DBT New Orleans

A native New Orleanian, Lee has practiced psychotherapy for more than 25 years, treating children, adolescents and adults.  She has been intensively trained in DBT and is a certified clinical hypnotherapist.

Lee stresses compassion along with cognitive behavioral therapy and the latest research in helping clients to formulate treatment goals. She is especially interested in the effects of child and adult attachment styles.


Renee Boyer, MA, ATR

Assistant Director, DBT New Orleans

Renee has been a psychotherapist and art therapist for more than 20 years. In addition to her private practice, she is a high school counselor.  She is skilled in both cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment and psychodynamic issues. Renee has a special interest in working with clients who have body image problems and with people undergoing bariatric surgery.  She has extensive experience in treating adults, adolescents, and children.

Understanding DBT

The goal of DBT New Orleans in Louisiana is to help individuals understand Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Dr. Marsha M. Linehan to treat individuals with self-harm behaviors including self-cutting and suicidal thoughts or urges. Today, we use it to treat other kinds of mental health disorders including:

  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder

  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Contact us for more information about our program or to schedule a consultation. 504 581-3933

Frequently Asked Questions

What is DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)?

DBT is a treatment designed specifically for individuals who become emotionally dysregulated and tend to engage in self-destructive behaviors including cutting and suicidal thoughts as well as to urge to commit suicide and suicide attempts.

Research studies have shown that DBT is the most effective treatment for people who suffer with borderline personality disorder, engage in self-harm, or experience other forms of emotional dyscontrol.

DBT is a highly modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy based on mindfulness and validation. In order to work with this client population, only therapists who are intensively trained and experienced are on staff.

What are the usual presenting diagnoses? 

Many of our clients present with mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, borderline personality disorders, and bipolar disorders. They may also struggle with eating disorders, anxiety, or alcohol and drug problems.

Will my insurance pay for treatment?

You will need to check with your provider to find out if you have coverage. As a courtesy, we will bill you insurance provider and they will reimburse you if you have coverage. We are a fee for service practice and accept major credit cards and checks at the time of service.

What is included in the treatment program?

See our program components and program modules under SERVICES tab.