Clinical Psychology FAQs
WHY CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY?
Therapy provides a unique opportunity to talk about issues that may be preventing you from enjoying life or achieving at optimal levels professionally, athletically, or personally with a licensed psychologist health provider or supervised trainee. Counseling provides a nonjudgmental perspective in an accepting environment that can help you find direction, develop coping skills, and identify strategies to improve a difficult or stressful situation.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT COULD BE HELPED THROUGH CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY?
|· Adjustment issues
· Sadness /depression
· Loneliness / isolation
· Past trauma
· Loss of direction
|· Relationship issues
· Family problems
· Substance abuse
· Anger management
· Communication issues with coworkers/friends
· Body image and eating concerns
WHAT IS BRAINSPOTTING AND HOW DOES IT ADDRESS TRAUMA AND OTHER CLINCAL PSYCHOLOGY CONCERNS?
An injury to the brain is also an injury to the body, and vice versa. An example is feeling nauseated when triggered by psychological event. In order to achieve deeper healing, both the physical injury and the psychological injury need to be addressed together. Brainspotting uses eye positioning to access these brain-body connections and provide deep and integrative healing that talk therapy alone cannot provide. Learn more about brainspotting here.
WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY? WILL OTHERS KNOW WHAT WE TALK ABOUT?
Outside of consultation with providers on the best course of action for your care, the content of what is discussed in a session remains confidential. This goes for both counseling psychology and sport psychology sessions. You and your therapist will discuss if you feel it beneficial for any others to know details about your care.
WHAT IF THERE IS A CRISIS OR EMERGENCY?
An emergency is different from a crisis. An emergency is a situation that cannot wait more than 24 hours for a response, without placing your safety or another’s safety in jeopardy. A crisis is an upset in a steady mental state that may create a disruption or breakdown in a person's normal or usual pattern of functioning cannot be resolved by one's customary problem-solving resources. The upset, or disequilibrium, is typically acute. If you are concerned about an emergency situation involving yourself or someone else, please call 911 immediately.
Sport & Performance Psychology FAQs
WHY SPORT PSYCHOLOGY?
There may not be a lot physically separating you from the people you’re competing against. You can begin to separate yourself from the competition by increasing your mental toughness, flexibility, and composure. This is the difference between athletes who play to their ability level on a consistent basis, and those whose performances seem unpredictable.
WHAT IS SPORT PSYCHOLOGY?
Sport and performance psychology targets common issues that affect individuals and teams through solution-focused services that aim to get you back to enjoying your performance, which gives you the best chance to showcase your talents. Sport psychology sessions take on differing forms. Performance enhancement workshops for an entire team or organization are also available.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT COULD BE HELPED THROUGH SPORT PSYCHOLOGY?
|· Return from injury
· Low confidence
· Communication breakdowns
· Distractibility during play
· Playing with hesitation
· Playing too recklessly
· Focusing on uncontrollables
|· Performance slumps
· Negative/ineffective self-talk
· Sub-optimal team dynamics
· Fear of failure
· Trouble with motivation
· Managing energy and emotions
· Not improving with coaching instructions
I DON’T FEEL LIKE I HAVE ANY ISSUES, WHY WOULD SPORT PSYCHOLOGY BE RELEVANT TO ME?
You may feel they are doing well already, but there still is an edge you can gain by further leveling up your already strong mental game. You wouldn’t stop lifting weights because you feel you are already strong enough. You wouldn’t stop installing new plays and packages because the first game went well. The same mindset applies here.
I AM NOT AN ATHLETE BUT I WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE MY PERFORMANCE, HOW CAN LŪSUS HELP?
We all have times we need to perform our best. Many professionals outside of athletics employ performance psychology services. The same principles that help an athlete mentally execute can be applied to almost any field (e.g., military, musicians, salespeople, surgeons, actors).
HOW MUCH IS THE SESSION FEE?
Both clinical and sport psychology sessions are $150-200, depending on which state you are located in.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
I do not take insurance. However, I am able to provide a Superbill, an invoice that you take directly to your insurance provider so they may reimburse you. This process takes about 2-4 weeks, depending on your provider. The Superbill typically must be submitted to your insurance company within 90 days of the date of service.
The above answer is a general overview of how the process typically works. It is important to contact your insurance provider to understand their specific policies.
WHAT IF I HAVE BOTH CLINICAL AND PERFORMANCE NEEDS? DO I NEED TO CHOOSE?
You don’t need to choose! We can work in both the clinical and performance domains with one client. Some clients like to have a session just for one domain. Others like to go between each domain in a given session. While others still find that one domain is affecting the other, and prefer to address both domains simultaneously.
HOW WOULD WE MEET? IN PERSON? TELEHEALTH?
At this time, I am only offering telehealth sessions to clients residing in California, Oklahoma, and/or Texas.
HOW OFTEN WOULD WE MEET?
Meeting frequency can be flexible and is something that will be discussed with your psychologist, although most people choose to meet either weekly or biweekly. Some people like to meet every week to have a consistent time in which they can process what they would like to address. Others prefer biweekly to have more time to implement things discussed in session.
HOW LONG ARE SESSIONS?
Sessions are typically 50 minutes long. We also could meet for 25 minutes at a prorated fee.