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Philosophy of Care

As a doctoral trained clinical psychologist, I have been fortunate to be exposed to an array of theoretical and conceptual frameworks that have allowed me to better understand the complexity of human behavior and the many factors that can impact the quality of one's life.  The individual cannot be separated from their environment.  My philosophy of healing is based on a biopsychosocial model, with the understanding that each individual functions within the context of many relationships and systems.  When the individual struggles, it has a ripple effect, impacting family relationships, friendships, and school or work performance.  My treatment incorporates a collaborative, systemic approach with families, the school system, and medical professionals.


With over 20 years of practice, I have found that an integrative theoretical orientation is most effective and allows interventions to be individually tailored to address the presenting problem.  My treatment approach may include interventions from the following therapies:  Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Skills Training, Narrative Therapy, Self Psychology, and Trauma-Focused Therapy.  With children and teens, I emphasize self-expression and creativity through play, art, and writing.  With all ages, I tend to conceptualize the problem area within the context of life cycle stages, pinpointing developmental tasks and areas of dysfunction that need to be addressed to allow growth and movement toward one's goals. 


During this pandemic, I have observed a disruption in self development with youth. Social distancing and isolation in some cases has at best delayed self development and at worst negatively impacted self development. Social experiences facilitate the development of a child's world view, a teen's self identity, and a young adult's ability to mature into full adulthood. When an individual's striving to grow and develop is disrupted, it can result in anxiety and/or depression. Therapy occurs in the context of a relationship. This therapeutic relationship built in compassion and validation facilitates the development of self capacities like the ability to tolerate strong emotions, soothe oneself, and ground oneself in the identification of one's strengths.


Last but not least, therapy involves the teaching of skills to facilitate emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. Each individual has their own story or narrative. At times of stress, we can develop a faulty frame of reference or negative working model of ourselves, others, and the world in general.  We can have tunnel vision and fall into patterns of choosing certain life events or feedback we have received from others to inform our story. When those events or feedback are negative in nature, we become trapped. It is my job to help clients build a healthy, cognitive mindset by teaching them how to recognize negatively distorted thinking patterns, challenge these, and restructure their working model.  It is important that we broaden our stories to achieve balance and a more healthy, accurate view of ourselves, others, and the world. 

Links to Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

www.nacbt.org

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy:

www.behavioraltech.org

Narrative Therapy:   

www.narrativetherapycentre.com

Self Psychology:   

www.selfpsychology.com


Services & ​Fees

Initial Diagnostic Interview      $180

Individual Therapy           ​           $150

Parent Consult                             $150           

Insurance

I am in-network with BCBS PPO Plans.  I will submit claims for insurance plans with which I am an in-network provider.  You will be responsible for meeting your deductible, copay, and/or coinsurance.

Out of Network

If your insurance plan is not a BCBS PPO, I am considered an out-of-network provider.  Most of the larger plans do have out-of-network behavioral health benefits and will reimburse a percentage of the session fees.  I will provide you with a receipt documenting all of the information your insurance plan requires for reimbursement.

Good Faith Estimate Notice (No Surprises Act)

What is the No Surprises Act?​

The No Surprises Act aims to increase price transparency and reduce the likelihood that clients receive a "surprise" medical bill by requiring that providers inform clients of an estimated expected charge for a services before the service is provided.

Starting January 1, 2022, state-licensed or certified health care providers, including behavioral health care providers, like myself are required by law to give uninsured and self-pay clients a good faith estimate of costs for services when scheduling care or when the client requests an estimate.

The Good Faith Estimate shows the costs of items and services that are reasonably expected for your health care needs for an item or service. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate was created.

You have the right to request a hard copy of the Good Faith Estimate, and you have a right to engage in a dispute resolution process if the actual costs of services included in your estimate significantly exceed what is in the estimate.

The Good Faith Estimate is NOT a contract.

While surprise costs are not something I generally encounter in my practice, you should know that your Good Faith Estimate will not include any unknown or unexpected costs that may arise during treatment. However, if you are billed for significantly more than your Good Faith Estimate for the services indicated on the estimate, you have the right to dispute the bill using the following dispute resolution options:

What if I need to dispute my Good Faith Estimate?

Contact me and let me know the billed charges are higher than the Good Faith Estimate, ask to negotiate the bill, or ask if there is financial assistance available.

Start a dispute resolution process with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If you choose to use the dispute resolution process, you must start the dispute process within 120 calendar days (about 4 months) of the date of the original bill.

There is a $25 fee to use the dispute process. If the agency reviewing your dispute agrees with you, you will have to pay the price on this Good Faith Estimate. If the agency disagrees with you and agrees with the health care provider or facility, you will have to pay the higher amount.

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For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate or the dispute process, visit https://www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call HHS at (800) 368-1019.