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.
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.
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.
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.