How Does One Pay for Therapy?

Some people choose to bill their insurance for psychological services, and others choose not to use their insurance, or they may not have insurance that pays for psychological services. At your request, Dr. Bresnick’s billing service can determine your benefits for you, prior to beginning any therapy sessions with her. …

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How Does One Get Started?

The first step is to identify the problem. For example, you may feel angry or frustrated but can’t easily pinpoint the cause. A psychologist will help to determine the best way to address your issues. Treatment will be based on current scientific research, the psychologist’s theoretical orientation, and your culture, …

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What is the Length of Treatment?

Treatment length depends on the problems or disorder, patient goals, patient history and characteristics, events occurring outside of therapy (e.g., divorce, change in employment status), and therapeutic progress. Evidence indicates that therapy typically is terminated when the patient is functioning adequately. Commonly, psychotherapy lasts six to 12 sessions, with more …

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What Should One Expect?

The focus is generally on changing ineffective thoughts, emotions or behaviors. Most therapy focuses on individuals, although psychotherapists also work with couples, families and groups. We know that the alliance between the therapist and the client is a very important factor in treatment outcomes. Certainly the very first step is …

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What is the Effectiveness of Psychotherapy?

Convincing evidence exists to show that most people who have at least several sessions of therapy are much better off than those who have who choose not to get help with their emotional problems. Therapy can improve a person’s overall health. For example, immune system functioning can be one benefit …

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Why a Psychologist?

A psychologist is a highly trained professional who has expertise in human behavior, psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Through the use of scientifically validated treatments, a psychologist works with people to change their behavior, feelings, attitudes, and approaches to problems so that they can develop healthier, more effective patterns of …

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Why Psychotherapy?

Most people find that, at some time in their lives, they feel overwhelmed or stuck and need some assistance in dealing with their problems. Problems in relationships, family situations, the loss of a loved one, depression, stress, the loss of a job, or substance abuse are examples of problems that …

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