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Specialties
Biofeedback Training
Concierge Services
What to Expect
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Insurance
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Specialties

I am currently providing individual, couples, and family therapy (ages 6 years - adult). Clinical specializations include, but are not limited to, the following:

Addictions
ADHD
Adjustment Disorders
Adolescent Issues (including Bullying, Cyber-Bullying)
Anger Management
Anxiety Disorders; Panic, Social, GAD, Phobias, Performance, OCD
Assertive Communication Training
Biofeedback Training**
Career Planning, Exploration
Childhood/Teen Behavioral Issues
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
College Preparation
Couples/Marital Issues (All Orientations)
Depression
Eating Disorders/Disordered Eating/Body Image
Grief/Loss
Healthy Self-Esteem
Identity, Acculturation Issues
LGBTQ Issues
Life Transitions
Lifestyle Coaching
Men's Issues
Mind-Body Techniques
Parenting/Family Issues
Peer Pressure
Postpartum Depression/Postpartum Anxiety
Pre-Marital Counseling
Relaxation Training
School Difficulties (Academic, Social)
Self-Injurious Behavior
Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
Smoking Cessation
Solution-Focused Therapy
Spiritual Issues; Interfaith Couples
Stress Management
Time Management, Study Skills
Trauma/Recovery
Women's Issues
Work/Family Balance

Please explore the links section of this website to learn more about any of the above psychological issues. 

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Biofeedback Training

Biofeedback is a treatment technique where people are trained to improve their health by using signals from their own bodies. You have most likely already used biofeedback without realizing it. A thermometer tells you if you are running a fever or a scale tells you whether you have gained weight. Both of these devices provide feedback about your body's condition. You can then take steps to improve these conditions.

Some common uses of biofeedback by psychologists are: decreasing chronic stress, treating a variety of anxiety disorders, coping with depression, calming anger, decreasing/increasing blood pressure as needed, managing disorders involving the digestive system, improving performance (i.e., public speaking, athletic events, acting/singing), improving sleep patterns, and promoting an overall sense of well being and balance. Information gained by using biofeedback techniques in therapy (i.e., heart rate, skin temperature, blood pressure) is valuable and can be used to gauge and direct the progress of treatment.

Like a pitcher learning to throw a ball across a home plate, the biofeedback trainee, in an attempt to improve a skill (i.e., relaxation), monitors their performance. When a pitch is off the mark, the ballplayer adjusts their technique so that they perform better the next time that they try. When the light flashes or the beeper beeps too often, the biofeedback trainee makes internal adjustments which alter the signals. The biofeedback therapist acts as a coach, standing at the sidelines setting goals and limits on what to expect and giving hints on how to improve performance.

Using cutting edge software, I will work with you to monitor and improve your performance across sessions. The goal is to achieve what is known as "coherence" or getting in "the zone." This is a completely non-invasive technique that will simply require you to wear a clip on your earlobe or finger. Many people find this technique very informative as it provides a visual, visceral indication of how your thoughts and feelings are directly related to your bodily functions. Therefore, when trained to calm your mind through relaxation and other techniques, your emotions and body will also become calm and more balanced.

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Concierge Services

Your time is a precious! In order to be accommodating to your unique needs, I offer individual, couples, and family counseling in my office, in your home, or at your office. I am also available for walking sessions along Riverwalk, located just behind my office, or a location of your choice, typically in a natural setting. Skype, Facetime, or phone sessions are also an option should you be unable to attend an appointment in person. Concierge services also include availability via text or email should an issue arise between sessions. By offering only fee for service concierge psychotherapy, we avoid sharing your health information with any health insurance organization, or other entity. This keeps our work especially secure and confidential.

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What to Expect

Individuals, couples, and families seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons. It is very common for these people to question their “normality.” I encourage my clients to view their decision to enter therapy as a healthy and courageous act that will hopefully aid in enhancing their lives. 

When you initially call to schedule an appointment, I will ask you some general questions to get a sense of the issues that are bringing you to therapy. During our first session you will be asked to fill out some forms and meet with me for approximately one hour so that I can gather relevant information about you that will allow us to begin formulating a plan of action for your treatment. Should you decide to pursue a therapeutic relationship with me, subsequent sessions are typically held once per week for 50 minutes. 

Each individual’s treatment varies. In general, you will be expected to explore the areas that we initially identify as being your primary concerns/issues during our weekly sessions. At times, I might ask you to do some work between sessions that we will then process during the following meeting. It is common for individuals first entering therapy to experience a heightened level of hope during the first few sessions. Subsequently, your experience may vary from times in which you feel stuck to instances in which you feel very successful. 

Please keep in mind that change is a process that takes time. It is important for you to allow yourself to be patient and mindful of even the slightest of improvement. Many people find therapy to be an invaluable tool in achieving a sense of balance and happiness in their lives. The benefits of therapy depend a great deal on what you put into the process and how much of what you discover during therapy you actually apply in your daily life.

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Office Hours

Tuesday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Phone, Skype, Weekend Sessions: By Appointment

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Rates

The standard, out-of-pocket fee for intake and therapy sessions is $150. Psychological testing fees vary from several hundred to over one thousand dollars and will be discussed on a case by case basis. I accept personal checks, Visa, American Express, Discover, or MasterCard. I offer some sliding-scale fee slots based on economic need and availability. Payment will be due at the time services are rendered.

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Insurance

I do not accept insurance and so am an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies at this time. My services may be covered either partially or in full by your healthcare insurance out-of-network benefits. If you would like to find out whether your insurance company would reimburse you for the cost of therapy with me, I suggest that you contact them prior to our initial appointment.  Most insurance companies reimburse between 50-80% of therapy costs. I will be happy to help you with this process.

(Suggestions for getting mental health coverage for out-of-network providers)

Questions that you might ask your insurance company include

  • Do I have out-of-network benefits to see a licensed psychologist?
  • If so, what percentage do you cover?
  • What is the deductible, and how much of the deductible have I met?
  • What is my co-pay for a session if I see an out-of-network provider?
  • How many sessions are covered, and in what time period?
  • Do I need to obtain pre-authorization for sessions?
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Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend an appointment, it is your responsibility to cancel your session at least 24 hours in advance of the session by calling the office. Failure to do so will result in being charged for the session. The fee for cancellation without a 24-hour notice or for a No Show is $75.00. This fee cannot be billed to your insurance company. Certain exceptions will be made to this policy in the event of an emergency. Therapy works the best with clients being committed to showing up for appointments and several cancellations might hinder your progress. Additionally, not showing up or calling may take the possibility of an appointment from another client. If 24-hour notice is provided, I will try to find another time in which to see you as soon as possible.

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Forms

Adult Paperwork                Minor Paperwork                    Couples Paperwork           

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Contact

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via phone (561) 727-9120 or e-mail.

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