Frequently Asked Questions
Do you use any scientific methods to support your approach to treatment?
Yes, I work from a scientist-practitioner model that integrates practices validated by research into my individual or group treatments. Some therapists use structured, manualized treatments; however, I prefer to tailor my approach (insight oriented vs symptom focused interventions) to your strengths. In my practices, I have found that manualized treatments limit my ability to be authentic, and inhibit bright, psychologically minded individuals' sense of freedom, intellectual curiosity, and creative expression.
What is a PsyD?
A PsyD is a doctorate in psychology or an alternative to earning a PhD (Doctorate in Philosophy). When choosing a psychologist or psychotherapist it is safe to think of these degrees interchangeably. Each have a significant amount of post graduate coursework, practical experiences, and proof of clinical competence. It is common for individuals who are not interested in pursing a research focus to choose the PsyD route. Compared to a graduate PhD program (which emphasizes research during training), PsyD programs are more applied and focused on clinical practice.
What if I have a security clearance?
It is very anxiety provoking to think about getting help from a psychologist when you work in a sensitive federal position or hold a security clearance. Because of the populations I work with, I am well versed on the adjudications process and how seeking treatment affects employment and deployments. If you are concerned that our meeting will have a negative impact on your work-related activity, I am happy to discuss my knowledge of the adjudication process with you prior to setting up a consultation.
How do I know if I need medication?
The best answer to this question is, ask. If you are not currently in treatment, this may be a question to bring up during the first session. Choosing to take medication is a personal decision Depending on your presenting concern, you may find that medication, in combination with some form of therapy brings faster relief because symptoms feel more manageable compared to just being in therapy alone. Consider the analogue learning to swim, and think of medication as extra flotation. When in deep water, extra floatation brings comfort compared to learning to swim while treading water. Choosing medication also depends on the severity and type symptoms you are reporting, and the degree to which your daily functioning (classes, work, social relationships) has been impacted. How you feel about taking medication may also depend on your own judgments about what it means (or does not mean) to be taking a prescription.
Can You Prescribe Medication/What if I need medication?
Psychologists do not prescribe medications. If, at the onset or during the course of treatment, medication could be of benefit, we will work together to find the appropriate physician (e.g. primary care or psychiatrist) to assist you with this need.