1. Why should we work with you? In addition to my extensive training background, a unique aspect of my practice is the personal nature of the care I provide. I take an individualized approach to treatment, adapting evidence-based strategies as needed. I also work closely with patients to help them manage symptoms in their normal, day-to-day life. For example, I often conduct "exposures" with patients struggling with OCD or anxiety disorders, which teaches them the skills to challenge anxiety in real-life situations. This is often a very important part of effective therapy. Further, unlike large treatment centers or practices, I engage in all patient contact from initial screening, scheduling, coordination with other healthcare professionals, and all aspects of direct patient care. This continuity in the care process facilitates my ability to provide effective treatment. I take a "concierge" approach where you have quick access to me if needed, as I strive to return all phone calls within 24 hours. I hope that my commitment and dedication to my patients is evident based on the services I provide.
2. How does your training and experience differ from other clinicians? Psychologists are the highest trained mental health professionals. In order to become a Psychologist, one must complete a 5-6 year graduate program in Psychology, which must include a 1-year APA accredited clinical internship/residency. After earning a Ph.D., Psychologists may elect to pursue a Post-doctoral Fellowship for advanced training in a specialty area. My training included undergraduate work, a 1 year post-baccalaureate clinical research assistant position, 5 years of graduate school in Clinical Psychology (including a 1-year APA accredited internship), and a 3-year Post-doctoral Fellowship. I continue to learn through my current work, through collaboration with colleagues, and by reviewing psychology journals to stay up-to-date on advances in science and practice. 3. How long does treatment take? Treatment length may vary based on the severity of the problem, as well as any comorbid problems that are present. Although treatment results cannot be guaranteed, most patients who work hard in treatment and participate consistently see clinically significant improvement in 8-15 sessions. I am very goal-oriented and seek to help patients make improvements quickly, as I recognize how impairing many disorders can be. However, the length of treatment will be flexible based on the pace that is comfortable for each individual patient. Once progress is achieved, many patients elect to continue treatment on a less frequent basis to check-in and ensure that gains are maintained. 4. Do you accept insurance? I do not participate directly with any insurance plans, and therefore am considered an out-of-network provider for most insurance. However, many patients with insurance coverage are able to get some reimbursement for clinical services if they are interested in doing so. For patients interested in submitting to insurance, I provide appropriate documentation required for reimbursement after each appointment so patients can submit themselves. Please consult with your insurance company if you have questions regarding your insurance benefits and reimbursement rates. 5. Why don't you take insurance? Along with many other psychologists at my level of training, it is thought that many health insurance companies do not provide adequate compensation for the services provided. Additionally, by not working directly with insurance companies, treatment planning is determined based on clinical recommendations and patient preferences, rather than managed care agencies. Also, many patients choose not to submit to insurance anyway in order to maintain confidentiality. Given that I do not spend time dealing directly with insurance companies, I am able to focus more on patient care. 6. How are your rates? You will likely find my rates comparable to other Ph.D. level psychologists who offer the specialized services that I provide. Most people find my rates to be a great value, particularly when my rates are compared to less experienced mental health practitioners. Given my use of evidence-based treatment methods and my specialized training in OCD, O-C Spectrum, and Anxiety Disorders, many patients experience symptom improvements much more quickly than if they were to participate in conventional "talk therapy" which may not result in the desired symptom improvements. Accordingly, most patients find the costs of treatment reasonable and cost-effective. I do not offer a sliding scale. 7. Could you find less expensive services? It is likely that you could find an in-network provider who conducts therapy for small co-pays. However, it is unlikely that you will find an in-network provider with the same level of background and specialized training as me. When working with me, you will be working with a Ph.D. level psychologist with specialized training in OCD, O-C Spectrum, and Anxiety Disorders. There are many providers who either have less training, or who are "generalists" without the same level of specialization. Psychologists are the highest trained mental health professionals.
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Providing Evidence-Based Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Tourette's Disorder/Tics, Trichotillomania, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Hoarding, Skin Picking/Excoriation Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Phobias. Boca Raton office is easily accessible from Palm Beach County & South Florida (Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Lighthouse Point, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and Miami).