Common Questions

For questions or appointments, contact me at 610-482-4496 or drmatthewspsych@gmail.com

Below are some common questions and answers about counseling and other services I provide as well as my practice.  I encourage any other questions you might have.

Q: What ages do you work with?

A: Although I have experience working with clients of all ages, I work best with clients 11 and older.  I do occasionally make exceptions, but for young children a therapist who specializes in working with this group, in particular having experience with play therapy, is usually best.

Q: What kinds of issues do psychologists deal with?

A: As a clinical psychologist, I am trained to work with people with all kinds of mental health issues, from time-limited or less serious concerns, to chronic mental illness.  If I am not the best person to work with you (such as if a specialist is indicated), I will help get you to the right person.  And unlike most psychologists, I also have a significant amount of experience in working with people with substance abuse issues, including what we call co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues (usually called dual diagnosis).

Q: I am not sure if I need to see a therapist or not.  What is the process like?

A: In my experience most people only call a therapist after a period of questioning whether they should or not.  It’s often in a crisis situation or after a period of debate.  I typically meet with an individual, couple, or a family for an initial session, collect some information, and then give my recommendation.  If you see me for counseling, this often consists of weekly meetings for an appropriate length of time- to be determined by why you’re coming in and what your goals are.  When appropriate, sessions may take place every two weeks or once per month.  At the consultation you and I will agree on a plan you are comfortable with.  I believe anyone can benefit from counseling, so if you’re questioning this at all, call and arrange a consultation.

Q: How does it work if you are not in my insurance network?

A: If I am in your insurance network, you will be responsible for your copay/co-insurance or deductible.  My practice is primarily fee-for-service; however, so I take payment at each session- cash, check, or credit card (including Health or Flexible Spending Accounts).  I will provide statements for you to submit for out-of-network reimbursement, if needed.  In my experience, insurance companies often reimburse a substantial portion of my fees.

Q: I’m concerned about privacy.  How is this handled?

A: As a licensed psychologist I respect your confidentiality and am legally bound not to disclose any information about you to anyone without your written permission.  Exceptions to this rule include threats of harm to yourself or someone else, or any reports of abuse.  If you are using insurance benefits for your treatment, I will disclose the minimum amount of information necessary to support claims.

Q: Do you prescribe medication?

A: As a psychologist, I do not prescribe medication.  This can only be done by medical professionals like psychiatrists and primary care physicians.  If appropriate, we can discuss the possibility of medication, and I can provide a referral.

Should you have any other questions or want to schedule an appointment, please contact me: 610-482-4496 or drmatthewspsych@gmail.com.

 

 

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