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Questions
  1. So what is a behavioral dependency?
    Any behavior that a person becomes dependent on psychologically and sometimes even physically. The most common dependent behaviors are drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. However, there are many other behavioral dependencies in the forms of unhealthy eating, gambling, sex, gaming, or other patterns. Basically, any behavior that you feel compelled to do and makes you feel like you are losing some control over and/or interferes with your life would qualify as “dependent”.
  2. What is the difference between mental health professionals?
    While a psychiatrist and psychologist are both "doctors" per se, a psychologist is not a medical doctor and thus cannot prescribe medication. A psychologist undergoes a lengthy and rigorous academic program (usually 7 years in length after a typical 4-year college degree). During this time, he/she receives extensive training in assessing/diagnosing a multitude of psychological difficulties and how to treat them with various psychotherapeutic techniques. Many can argue that they tend to be the best trained therapists due to their rigorous and lengthy training (while psychiatrists also receive very rigorous and lengthy training, their training often focuses more on medication treatment options).
  3. Does your therapy work and what can I expect?
    Yes! My therapy definitely works, especially since my approach is based on research-validated techniques and many years of successful cases. These types of techniques are those that have been revealed in research studies to be highly effective at alleviating negative symptoms (i.e., anxiety, depression, explosive anger, etc.) and other psychological difficulties and improving career progress or achieving greater satisfaction and fulfillment with social relationships. One such set of techniques that have been found to be highly effective are cognitive-behavioral strategies and therapy (CBT), which I have received a wealth of training in and use as my primary approach to treatment. However, I am also well trained in many other research-validated techniques as well. Of course I cannot make a guarantee, but so long as you are consistent with your weekly appointments and put effort into your therapy, you should make significant progress.
  4. Why do psychologists choose not to be in-network providers?
    The top mental health providers are eagerly sought after by the merit of their reputation. Since they are in great demand for their high level of skill and competence, they no longer need to gain referrals from being on insurance companies' plans. No longer being on these plans allows them to charge fees that are more respectful of their professional expertise (unfortunately insurance companies' pay rates are low).
  5. Are your fees negotiable?
    Unfortunately no. I like to think my treatment is an investment not only in your mental and physical health (which by itself is considered invaluable) but also a financial one. Consider how much money you currently spend on your addiction or other behavioral dependency, whether it be on alcohol, drugs, gambling, or even sex and pornography. Even if you did not become abstinent but rather significantly reduced the amount of your addictive or dependent behavior as a result of my treatment, you would save quite a sum of money! Also, consider that in many cases if the impact of one's addiction was greatly reduced, he or she would likely be performing much more optimally on the job, which then could lead to that person getting to the "next level" in his or her career and thus a promotion. As such, my treatment can lead to you making a monetary profit after the costs of its fees have been accounted for and ultimately obtaining greater financial health!
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