OFFICE HOURS AND FEES
New Clients Welcome
I work nights and weekends (some days) by appointment in the north Tampa area or by secure videoconference anywhere in Florida. I have a flexible work schedule to accommodate your needs
I can provide Out of Network benefits for reimbursement from your insurance plan. I am credentialed with Cigna.
I have a number of sliding scale appointments for those who cannot afford my normal fee
Understanding Insurance: Most prospective clients have no idea about what their insurance covers for mental health and it varies WIDELY based on plans. I recommend you call your plan and ask about three things:deductible, co-insurance and copay. Copay is a set amount you have to pay every appointment, it can be anywhere from 0 to $75. Coinsurance is a set percent you have to pay per visit, could be 10 or 20% of the total cost of session. Deductible is the amount you have to pay on your own before insurance will pay anything on your behalf. I have seen clients with 0 deductibles up to $4000. With a high deductible you are basically paying privately anyway and even if I am not in your plan, you would be paying the same even seeing a person on your plan. Also, if I am not on your plan, you may have out of network benefits where part of your care would still be covered.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
SERVICES I OFFER
With You Every Step of the Way
INDIVIDUAL, COUPLES, AND FAMILY THERAPY
Feeling down lately and unfulfilled? Anxious and on edge? It might be time to seek help from a licensed professional. My therapy sessions help patients develop flexible attitudes toward life’s most complex and challenging circumstances. I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship distress. I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy, a fast acting technique for Trauma issues. With a decade of experience I have assisted many people to overcome their difficulties. Contact me today and let me help you find your path forward.
I pursued my doctorate because I believe in using scientifically validated theory and research to help my clients. Therapy is goal oriented and we examine what obstacles impact your behavior and functioning. Everyone has "blind spots" that develop over our lives. We break problems down into smaller units of specific behaviors that may not be working anymore. Once you have greater awareness of these behaviors you can begin changing them. Ultimately, we figure out what it is you are avoiding and learn how to better deal with that thing.
In our busy lives it can be difficult to commute to therapy. For those who are strapped for time, or simply would rather work from the comfort of their own home, I offer secure, encrypted videoconferencing sessions. I received advanced certification in the practice of telehealth therapy from the Telebehavioral Health Institute. Check out my online therapy section on my website for more information. Feel free to ask me more about this option.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR VISIT
Guiding You On the Path of Change
Most of my new clients report feeling nervous when they start therapy. Its anxiety provoking to talk to a stranger about your "stuff." The vast majority though report relief after our first session. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to help.
Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery. In my sessions I promote behavioral transformation by first exploring and processing thoughts and feelings and then helping you adopt new attitudes and reactions.
With over a decade of experience in health psychology, I have the tools and professional experience to help you get back on track and move forward in your life.
I was selected to give a TEDx talk about my therapeutic philosophy and style, I encourage prospective clients to view it to help determine if we are a good fit.
O, and I do have a dog, Chloe, pictured to the left here. She can be around or not depending on your preference.
GET TO KNOW ME
In addition to my private practice I work at the University of South Florida. I previously worked at the University of Akron, University of Michigan and Purdue University before coming to Florida. I went to a Catholic high school that had the motto of educating "men for others," which is a value I hold for myself and my profession. One of the things that drew me to Tampa and keeps me here is the diversity of the population and the various backgrounds and identities they carry. In my free time I enjoy comedy, movies and play competitive ultimate frisbee.
I practice a style of therapy that comes out of Eastern notions of mental health and is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Therapy is goal oriented and we examine what obstacles impact your behavior and functioning. Everyone has "blind spots" that develop over our lives as we are impacted by family, friends, and society in general. We break problems down into smaller units of specific behaviors that may not be functional anymore because of these unknown blind spots. Once you have greater awareness of these behaviors you can begin changing them if need be. Ultimately, we figure out what it is you are avoiding and learn how to better deal with that thing.
I am a "scientist-practitioner" which means I believe in using science and evidence to practice. I stay up on the latest research and empirically validated treatments. I was invited to give a TED Talk at USF and have been published in the Washington Post as well as many other sources (see media).