What is clinical health psychology?
Patients who have been diagnosed with a medical condition often find that the accompanying emotional and psychological distress cannot be solved by treatment of the medical problem. There are numerous psychological difficulties that can arise from having a chronic medical condition, the most common of which are anxiety and depression.
What’s the difference between seeing a regular psychologist and a health psychologist?
Clinical psychologists use their knowledge of human behavior to provide mental health care. A clinical health psychologist uses method of psychological treatment to help alleviate emotional problems associated with a physical illness such as chronic disease, addiction, eating disorders among others.
Do you only see people who have physical illnesses?
No. Approximately 50-60% of my practice is devoted to persons with psychological/emotional challenges that are not accompanied by a medical disorder
Do you treat children as well as adults?
Yes. I do treat children and adolescents. With young children it is important for the parents to be involved in the treatment.
I have a medical condition. Will you consult with my doctor?
Yes, after you provide your consent, I will consult with whoever provides your medical care, which may include your doctors, psychiatrist, or family members.
Will you prescribe medication?
I cannot prescribe medication. However, I will consult with your psychiatrist or medical practitioner if you and I decide that a medication will help your mental health treatment.
Do you take insurance? What are your fees?
I provide information and paperwork to help you secure reimbursement from your insurance company, if desired.