Frequently Asked Questions

What types of problems do you treat?

I work with clients suffering from an array of symptoms to include anxiety, depression, panic disorder, relationship difficulties, sleep disorders, parenting difficulties, disordered eating, body image distortions, low self esteem and work related stress. I do not treat active eating disorders or more severe cases of substance dependence that require a higher level of care. I do offer therapy for clients stepping down from inpatient or partial hospitalization programs.

What type of therapy techniques do you use?

A variety of treatment approaches may be employed depending upon your diagnosis and your needs. Most commonly used are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Humanistic Therapy and Person Centered Therapy. All of the approaches I use have been researched and are supported by the American Psychological Association.

How long will it take me to get feeling better?

Every person and situation is different. It is important to note that you may feel slightly worse initially as therapy can bring up intense feelings. You should expect to be feeling more optimistic about things after we have had a few sessions together. It takes time to make changes but I will be here to support you as you figure things out. I have treated many clients successfully with three to four months of weekly sessions. Some clients need more time and that is okay too. Just know that you and I will work at your pace to get you to a better place on your path.

What is the difference between a Psychologist, Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist?

A Psychologist holds a doctoral degree in Psychology. Clinical psychologists are trained to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders. Treatment is accomplished through therapy. Psychologists may refer clients to a psychiatrist for medication if symptoms are severe. Psychologists complete internships where they provide therapy while completing courses for their degree and then complete 2 additional years of internships (Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral) before being eligible for licensure. They also complete a dissertation as part of requirements for the doctoral degree.

A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders through use of medication to correct chemical imbalances in the brain. Psychiatrists complete four years of residency before they are licensed to practice independently.

A Psychotherapist can be a variety of different things. A licensed masters level clinician may call themselves a psychotherapist. The most common providers with this level of degree are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW). 

Do you accept insurance?

I currently accept only Blue Cross Blue Shield and Scott & White Health Plan. If you do not have one of those plans, I am able to submit out of network claims on your behalf to your insurance company. Insurance companies typically cover a percentage of the cost of services once your deductible is met. You may also pay for services with your HSA card.

What are the fees for therapy sessions?

We will begin treatment with an in depth Psychological Evaluation which is 80 minutes long. The cost of the evaluation is 250.00.

Individual, couples and family therapy sessions are 50 minutes long and cost 200.00 per session.

Payments can be made with cash, check, Zelle, debit card, credit card or HSA card.

What are the fees for Executive Coaching and Organiztional Consulting services?

The Executive Coaching initial appointment is 80 minutes long. The cost of this appointment is 250.00. 

Executive Coaching appointments are 50 minutes long and cost 200.00. 

Analysis of Organization with an Action Plan is charged at 200.00 per hour with a  4 hour minimum. Follow up appointments for organizations are charged at 250.00 per hour and include an updated Action Plan.

 

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