Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you take insurance?

Summit Psychology is considered an out-of-network provider for most insurance plans. Many insurance plans provide out-of-network benefits and will reimburse a percentage of my hourly fee. Please contact your insurance provider to inquire about your out-of-network mental health benefits.  


How much will treatment cost?

An initial intake session costs $240 . Subsequent psychotherapy sessions cost $190.


How long do sessions last?

Sessions typically last 55 minutes. If you are late, the session will still end at the scheduled time so that time is not taken away from the next client.


What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to psychotherapy that involves helping people identify and change problematic patterns of thinking and behavior. This typically results in an improved emotional state. Numerous scientific research studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of CBT for treating a variety of psychological symptoms and issues including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and more.


What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an approach to psychotherapy that utilizes mindfulness meditation as a way to help us remain present and give up our (often futile) struggle against psychological pain. This frees up emotional energy, which then allows us to explore our most deeply held values and make meaningful commitments to change that will steer our lives in a better direction. In this way, progress can be attained through mindfulness. ACT suggests that psychological pain is an inevitable part of the human experience, and our struggle against that pain is often what leads to entrenched suffering.


What is the difference between a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, and counselor?

It's complicated! Unless you are a mental health professional, there is no reason you would know the difference. Here's the basic breakdown:

  • Psychologist: Psychologists have completed a doctoral degree program of philosophy (PhD) or psychology (PsyD). I am a licensed clinical psychologist, meaning that I provide mental health services to clients. Clinical psychologists are also sometimes referred to as therapists or psychotherapists. There are other types of psychologists that do not see clients and primarily conduct research in areas such as personality theory, cognitive psychology, human development, social psychology, and cross-cultural psychology. Psychologists can also specialize in areas such as forensic psychology or industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology. 

  • Psychiatrist: Psychiatrists complete medical school and have an MD degree . They specialize in prescribing medications related to mental health problems. In addition to managing mental health medications, some psychiatrists also provide psychotherapy. If you are interested in medication for a mental health issue, you will need to speak to your primary care doctor or to a psychiatrist. 

  • Counselor: Clinicians who refer to themselves as counselors typically have a master's level degree, such as a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling. They may also be referred to as a therapist or psychotherapist.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker: Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) have a degree in social work and are licensed to provide social work and psychotherapy services. They are also often also referred to as counselors or  therapists.

  • Therapist: Therapist is a generic term meaning that a person is skilled in a particular type of therapy. This can include psychotherapy but also many other types of therapy (e.g., physical therapy, massage therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy).