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DR. DAVID J. JOHNSON

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST 

Initial Evaluation - 60-90 minutes - $190.00

This is a/the Patient's First Appointment-

Therapy Session - 45-60 minutes - $150.00

This is a/the Patient's Regular Appointment-

INSURANCE(S)

Most Major Insurance(s) & Medicare Accepted Including:

Aetna, Cigna, Health America, HighMark BC/BS, Humana, KeyStone, MH Net, New Era Life, Optum, TRICARE, United Behavioral Health, United Health Care, U.P.M.C., & Medicare Part B.

THERAPY FACT SHEET

This information is for those who are thinking about beginning the Therapy process-for themselves, or are interested in gathering information for a family member or friend. We hope that this sheet will help you gather [initial] information on the Therapy process-to better determine if you are interested in meeting with Dr. Johnson for an initial Therapy evaluation.


Therapy is a process focused on helping you change, adjust, accept, heal, grow and/or learn more constructive ways to deal with problems or issues in your life. It can also be a supportive process when going through a difficult period or when you?re under increased stress, such as starting a new career or going through a divorce. Therapy can also be used to help couples and families through these difficult times or to support (needed) changes in the self and/or relationships.


Generally, Therapy is recommended whenever a person is struggling with a life, relationship, work or school issue, or a specific emotional-health concern, and these issues or concerns are causing the individual a great deal of stress, pain or upset [for longer than few days]. There areexceptions to this general rule, but for the most part, there is no harm in entering the Therapy process-even if you?re not entirely certain that you would benefit from it. Thousands of people meet with a Therapist every day, and [most] research shows that people who do so- benefit from the interaction. Most Therapists including Dr. Johnson-will be honest with you if they believe that you would not benefit from, or in their opinion, you do not need Therapy.

Modern Therapy differs significantly from the Hollywood version of Therapy. Typically, most people see their Psychologist/Therapist once a week for a 45-55 minute session. Your first session will generally be an information gathering session when you will be asked to fill out forms and discuss specific information about yourself to help your Therapist to gain a deeper understanding of your life-situation. At any time you may feel free to ask questions about the Therapist's approach, treatment techniques or goals.


Most Therapy tends to focus on problem-solving and is goal-oriented. This means that at the onset of treat, you and your Therapist will decide what specific change(s) you would like to make in your life. These goals will often be broken down into smaller, more easily attainable objectives, and will then be put into a formal treatment plan. Your Therapist then works with to help you to achieve your goals. This is done simply through talking and discussing techniques that the Therapist can suggest that may help you better navigate through difficult areas within your life. Often Therapy helps to teach people about areas of "disordered" thoughts and/or behaviors-in their lives. Suggestion(s) may be made for more effective and/or healthy ways of thinking, behaving or coping.


Therapy may be short-term or long-term (1-3 months or a year or longer), and is often carried out with a combination of Therapy and Medication. Research shows that most people do best with a combination of Therapy and Medication(s). Therapy is most successful when the individual chooses to enter Therapy on their own, and have a strong desire to change. If you don?t want to change, change will be slow coming-or not come at all. Change means altering those aspects of your thinking and/or behaving that are no longer working for you, or are contributing to your problems, or ongoing issues. It is also best to keep an open mind while in Therapy, and to be willing to try new and different approaches- that ordinarily, you may not think of doing. Therapy is very often about challenging your existing beliefs, thoughts, and/or behaviors.


Therapy is most successful when a person is willing and able-to try to do these things in a safe and supportive environment. When preparing for Therapy, it may be beneficial to review any specific life-issues that are important to you, you will review this with your Therapist at the beginning of the Therapy process, but it may be beneficial to have some ideas worked out in advance of your first Therapy session.


The results of Therapy will differ for everyone- but may include identifying and changing behaviors and/or thoughts that have been negatively affecting your life, exploration of relationships and experiences, and finding better ways to cope, adjust, accept and/or problem-solve, as well as (generally) feeling better about yourself. In order to get the most of Therapy it is important that you approach the process as a partnership, in which you are open and honest. Staying with the plan you and your Therapist have worked out, trying not to miss any sessions and to compete work the therapist may give you to complete between sessions. Don?t expect instant results, it is somewhat common to feel worse during the first few sessions- as you begin to address difficult or problematic aspects of your life. Be sure that you're comfortable with your Therapist... because successful Psychotherapy is dependent upon a positive relationship and/or connection between you and your Therapist.

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