FAQS

Answers to your questions.

WHAT IS A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST?

A Clinical Psychologist is a doctor who provides psychotherapy and psychological testing. Clinical Psychologists complete four years or more of graduate school that entails both academics and clinical practica culminating in a Doctorate Degree (PsyD or PhD). Psychologists are highly trained in understanding and treating the underpinnings of emotional and behavioral problems. Treatment by a Clinical Psychologist may include psychotherapy, as well as psychological testing and assessment. In order to use the term “Clinical Psychologist” the law states that one must hold a doctorate degree and be licensed by the state where services are provided.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHOLOGIST AND A PSYCHIATRIST?

A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) who completed medical school and received specialized training in psychiatry. Psychiatrists primarily treat emotional and behavioral problems through the use of medications.

WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO THERAPY?

First and foremost I believe that psychotherapy hinges on the relationship between the patient and Psychologist. This relationship should embody trust, vulnerability, and empathy. A solid relational foundation provides an environment that encourages change, which can be scary for most. In addition to cultivating a strong relational foundation, I utilize evidenced-based therapies, primarily Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a treatment approach that helps patients identify and change problematic thinking patterns (i.e. beliefs, perceptions, biases, thoughts, assumptions) and behaviors that support psychological problems.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

Please call (224) 801-4465.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST SESSION?

The first session is meant to define the primary problems with which you are seeking treatment and to develop a plan to address these issues. In order to do this I ask many questions. This helps me to clarify the problem(s) and build treatment recommendations based on your unique needs. At the end of the session we will agree on how to move forward with treatment, including the specific goals to be addressed, the frequency of sessions, and any other adjunct treatments that may benefit you (e.g., evaluation by a psychiatrist for medications, a physical by a primary care physician, etc.). The initial evaluation session is approximately 50-60 minutes in length.

HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?

Therapy sessions vary in length, but are typically 45-55 minutes long.

WHAT AGE GROUPS DO YOU TREAT?

I primarily treat adults and adolescents; however, I do treat children struggling with specific issues including worry, separation anxiety, panic attacks, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, phobias, school anxiety and school refusal, and social anxiety.

WHAT INSURANCE PLANS DO YOU ACCEPT?

I am currently only In-Network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. All other insurance companies are considered Out-Of-Network. Out-Of-Network insurance companies will not be billed. Instead, the patient will pay in full at the time of service and then be provided with a receipt that includes all necessary information for reimbursement by the insurance company.

HOW DO I BOOK YOU FOR A SPEAKING EVENT?

Please call (224) 801-4465

 

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