About Our Doctors

What training opportunities exist at CBIPA?

We offer seminars in CBT as well as individual and group supervision.

What is Emotional Health Hygiene (EHH)?

EHH is the purposeful manner of caring for one’s daily emotional health needs. It is the equivalent of showering, shaving and brushing one’s teeth specifically directed at our daily emotional well being.

Does your staff have any particular expertise?

Our staff has a wide range of expertise including the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,
Anger Management, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, ADHD, Conduct Disorder and coping with cancer (patients and caregivers).

Confidentiality & Privacy

Can therapists help with decisions about schools or practical matters regarding children?

Yes. Therapists are always there to offer perspectives and expertise.

What if a child doesn’t want to enter into therapy but the school and/or family think it is necessary?

Parents have the final say, however, after meeting a therapist, a child will often reconsider. If there is more serious resistance, we work with the parents to overcome the obstacles.

When a minor is in therapy, does a parent have the right to know the specifics of what is discussed?

Parents are regularly a part of the child’s treatment. Depending on the seriousness of the issues, family therapy sessions are conducted to provide clarification and resolution.

Insurance & Billing

Do you accept Medicaid or Medicare?

CBIPA accepts Medicare but DOES NOT accept Medicaid.

Is there a sliding scale?

While there is no formal sliding scale, fees range between $140 and $200 dependent upon clinician experience.

Do you accept insurance?

CBI Psych Associates accepts insurance. However, this varies by clinician.

What is Therapy Like?

Are clinicians reachable in the event of an emergency?

Clinicians maintain emergency contact numbers which can be used in the event of an after hours crisis.

What are your hours?

Clinicians typically offer hours between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

What kinds of things will I be asked to do in therapy?

CBT is based on learning theory. As such, it is very likely that you will be given homework assignments to augment the exposure work done in sessions.

Are patients referred to supplementary resources?

Reading material is commonly used to enhance one’s basic understanding of his or her current symptomatology. Referrals to groups or 12 step programs are offered where appropriate.

Are telephone or online appointments possible?

The vast majority of appointments are face to face.
However, on occasion, where appropriate, telephone sessions may be provided. Online sessions are not considered to be as effective.

How long are appointments?

Appointments are 45 minutes in length.

What Can I Expect In Therapy?

Initial visits will focus on gathering information including the frequency, intensity, and duration of one’s symptoms. This will be followed by a thorough psycho-education with the specific goal of teaching the skills necessary to ensure significant behavioral change. Application of these skills in combination with exposure therapy will follow.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is based in learning theory. It is a here and now, data driven symptom-oriented approach. It is intended to be short term and effective within 12-16 sessions.

What is my first visit like?

You can expect a review of our confidentiality policy followed by a thorough discussion of your background and history. There will be a review of presenting concerns as well as a clear delineation of what we can provide and what we cannot.

Can CBT be used when working with children?

Yes. However, with very young children, cognitive interventions (i.e. cognitive restructuring) may not be appropriate. As such, one can expect an emphasis on behavioral approaches (i.e. behavioral contracting or contingency management).

What are some common reasons children enter therapy?

Children are seen for a wide range of problems including school and family related issues. These may include school refusal, challenges in socialization, anxiety and grief.

Can CBT help in the elimination of the use of medications?

In cases where it is necessary to reduce or end psychopharmacological treatment (i.e. pregnancy) learning CBT techniques can be very helpful in making it possible to titrate off medications without the return of symptoms.

Do I have to take medications if pursuing CBT?

Not necessarily. However, research clearly indicates that the combination of therapy and medication offers the most robust positive outcome.

What is a yearly EHH checkup?

It is the equivalent of and as important as a yearly physical exam. It is a routine evaluation of healthy cognitive and personality development and emphasizes the early identification of potential cognitive and affective vulnerabilities.

What is included in our daily EHH?

Relaxation/meditation, exercise, self-acknowledgement, freedom from social comparisons and cognitive flexibility. We believe these are essential skills for children/adults and are aimed at reducing one’s vulnerability to anxiety, depression and general stress.

What groups does CBIPA offer?

We offer various groups including OCD, Parenting, coping with cancer (pt./family) and Emotional Health Hygiene (EHH). Please call to see what groups are currently being offered.

Who do you treat at the Cognitive Behavioral and Integrative Psychology Associates (CBIPA)?

We treat individuals, couples and families (children/adults/seniors). We also offer group therapy and training seminars for parents and professionals.

How long is the typical course of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)?

Approximately 12-16 weeks (1x/week). However, given that CBT is based on learning theory, the length of the treatment is determined by the consistency and persistence of practice on the part of the patient.