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Do you do in person and online therapy?

 

Yes, the clinic serves patients through telehealth and at 1 Richmond Sq in Providence RI. Research suggests that there is no difference in efficacy between telehealth and in person therapy (Greenwood et al., 2022). 

Do you take insurance?

 

Yes. United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Neighborhood Health, and all RI Medicaid plans. Super bills can be created for out of network paitents.

 

For out of network patients, individual sessions cost $150 and are offered on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis. Super bills are provided that can be submitted to your insurance provider for possible full or partial reimbursement.

 

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes 

What is a LCSW or LICSW?

 

Most psychotherapists in the United States are Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs). LCSWs are professionals who are trained in biopsychosocial systems analysis and change advocacy. Very few Masters in Social Work programs, such as the University of Chicago, teach evidence based, psychotherapeutic interventions in their clinical formulations. Learning psychotherapy modalities in their clinical models is helpful, because it provides a therapist with a stronger understanding of how therapy works. However, most social work programs teach "eclectic psychotherapy", meaning a synthesis of various modalities, which often leads to therapists practicing whatever they think therapy should be, rather than building on clinical, evidence based models. It is worth asking a social work trained psychotherapist if they learned psychotherapy modalities in an eclectic way, or if they studied modalities in a clinical way.

After two years of graduate school, Clinical Social Workers are licensed through their state's social work board as a LSW or a LCSW. After two years of supervised practice, these social workers can take a written examination, administered by their State's Department of Health, and become licensed to practice without supervision as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), depending on the state.

 

How is a Psychologist Different?

 

Psychologists tend to have studied psychotherapy in a more clinical way: they tend to better understand the clinical formulations and research behind specific psychotherapy modalities. The scope of practice for Clinical Social Workers is not the same as Clinical Psychologists, as Clinical Social Workers are typically not able to administer psychological testing or do psychological evaluations for legal purposes. 

 

Clinical Psychologists have approximately four years of graduate level training. While many psychologists may refer to themselves as "doctor" they are not medical doctors, and they are not allowed to prescribe or manage medication for psychiatric illness or other medical conditions.

What Is a LMHC or LPC or LMFT?

Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licencsed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists have all graduated from a 1-2 year Master's Level program where they studied psychotherapeutic interventions. They are licensed through the Department of Health and are able to provide psychotherapy services and also diagnose and treat mental health disorders.

How is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) Different?

A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed an additional 1-2 year program. In most states, they are required to work under the supervision of a psychiatrist (MD or DO) and are trained to make sure medications are working as intended. In a few states, including Rhode Island, Nurse Practitioners are allowed to prescribe medication without supervision from a doctor. We do not advise seeking treatment with a NP unless you have first been evaluated by a Psychiatrist.

What is a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are fully licensed Medical Doctors (MD or DO) who have 7-8 years of graduate level medical training. Psychiatrists have graduated from medical school, undergone a hospital residency, and are board certified in psychiatry. In addition to understanding and practicing evidence based psychotherapies, psychiatrists, unlike other mental health professionals, understand the biological processes underlying and coexisting with mental illness and how to treat those challenges using physical formulations. Simply put, psychiatrists are the only professionals who are recognized in all states as the practitioners who understand how to use medication AND psychotherapy as an intervention for mental health challenges. 

Our clinic recommends consulting a psychiatrist should your mental health symptoms persist to the same degree or worsen after three months of psychotherapy treatment. We often work with people who utilize both psychiatry and psychotherapy, as psychiatrists often recommend psychotherapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan but do not offer those services themselves. We will require signed HIPPA releases to coordinate care with your psychiatrist and PCP.

What is Your New Patient Procedure? 

After providing your basic information on the "Establish Care" page, you will receive an invitation to create a client portal. You will then complete the onboarding paperwork you find in your portal and be contacted with the available next appointments. 

If you have any questions about your client portal, please call us at  (401) 680-0846

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