Evidence-based practice (EBP) , is a therapy intervention that has been proven to actually work and be efficient. In mental health, this means that the theoretical orientation in use has been tested in research experiments and studied in real world settings. EBP therapy approaches are considered ‘Best Practice’ and are the recommended treatment methods by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Associations.
Clinical Psychologists have 5-7 years of graduate training, which develops an expert ability to assess cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and interpersonal functioning. Clinical Psychologists conduct psychological and behavioral interventions to improve health and functioning using a wide range of evidence-based interventions. Clinical psychology is a specialty in breadth marked by comprehensiveness and integration of knowledge and skill from a broad array of disciplines.
We will decide that together, based on your unique story, and needs. Some people prefer the more traditional model of once a week for 50 minutes. If we are doing EMDR we will meet for 90 minutes. Occasionally we need to do more in- depth work, or it may be hard for a person to make it into the office, so when they come in, we schedule longer sessions.
My intensives are two hours long.
I love to work in person. I have a HIPPA compliant video platform that we can use if that best fits your needs at any point in the therapy.
Please email or call me, I will contact you, and we will talk a bit to ensure that it makes sense for us to schedule an initial appointment. One thing we will determine is if my office policies and schedule availability are in alignment with your needs.
After our brief phone consultations in which we will discuss your concerns and goals, and determine if we may be a good fit. We will find a time that works in both of our schedules.
The process of starting therapy begins with a thorough clinical intake interview. The process of gathering information often continues for your first few sessions, at which point I provide feedback, preliminary diagnostic impressions (if appropriate and desired), and a proposed treatment plan. Your treatment plan may draw from a number of evidence-based and effective therapies, depending on your unique needs.
Working with me is a collaborative process. You are the expert on your own life and experiences, and I bring my expertise and knowledge about psychology from my training and clinical experiences. Together we will work to identify your goals and make lasting and meaningful changes.
I can provide you with a SuperBill that has all the relevant information for you to submit for out of network reimbursement. I am not a provider on insurance panels. Payment is required at the time of service. Insurance companies require that a client receive a psychiatric diagnosis to obtain payment for services. This diagnosis then becomes part of that client’s permanent medical record.
Some individuals who do not meet criteria for a diagnosis still wish to pursue therapy, Additionally, insurance companies often place limitations or requirements on the type and length of therapeutic treatment. I do not believe that insurance companies are in a position to make these important decisions.
Call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. (If there is a separate number for mental health or behavioral health plans, call that number instead.) Inform them that you are planning to see a clinical psychologist for individual therapy, and ask them the following questions:
- Do I have out-of-network benefits which I can use to receive reimbursement for individual therapy?
- What is the rate of reimbursement for individual therapy?
- Is there an annual deductible which must be met before reimbursement is available to me?
- Is there a maximum number of visits allowed per year?
- If so, how many?
- Can you describe the process for submitting claims for reimbursement?
I honor the confidentiality of my clients, and therefore do not utilize testimonials. I have taken the liberty to paraphrase what I have been told…
People have told me that they feel very safe, and secure in my confidentiality and nonjudgmental presence. People have told me that they appreciate it when I am matter of fact with them, and use my sense of humor. People have told me that they find both my voice and my being compassionate.