Frequently Asked Questions

· What is psychotherapy?
· What services are offered?
· What problems do you treat?
· What types of therapy are available?
· Is therapy confidential?
· How long does therapy take?
· Is therapy covered by my health insurance carrier?


What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. With psychotherapy the individual, couple and family may enhance the quality of life. Crisis intervention, as well as short and long-term therapies are available.

What services are offered?

· Consultation
· Psychological Testing
· Individual, Couples and Family Psychotherapy
· Neuropsychological Evaluations
· Group therapy
· Special Problems of Professionals: Physicians, Attorneys, Corporate Professionals, Entertainment Industry, Athletes


What specific problems do I treat?

Dr. Tate provides treatment for children, adolescents and adults and works with most clinical problems including:

· Child and Adolescent
· Families & Couples
· Forensic & Psycholegal Evaluations
· Health Psychology
· Neuropsychological
· Trauma & Recovery
· Drug Abuse & Addiction
· Medically Related Issues
· Loss & Grief Counseling
· Divorce/Step-parenting
· Bereavement & Loss

Help is available for individuals, couples and families at all stages of attachment, separation/divorce and reorganization. Dr. Tate has worked extensively with women’s issues, individuals with eating disorders and victim’s of abuse. She offers assistance to women in business, helping them achieve both personal and professional goals. If you don’t see your exact problem listed here, please call the office.

What types of therapy are available?

Dr. Tate has training and experience with many forms of therapy.
We provide a range of types of psychotherapy, assessment and specialty services inccluding treatments usch as individual therapy, family and marital therapy. I provide specialized treatments wuch as interpersonal therapy, family focused therapy, dialectical behavior therpay (DBT), all types of cognitive behvior therapy, cognitive rehabilitation therapy, alternative sentencing, neuropsycholical assessment, forensic assessment and psychological consultation. She is available for both short term management of a crisis or intermediate to long term therapy.

Is therapy confidential?

According to state statues, information exchanged during the course of psychotherapy is privileged communication and subject to privacy. As such, Dr. Tate is not permitted to acknowledge that any one is in her care unless given your written permission. There are exceptions such as danger to the self or others.


How long does therapy take?

Therapy can take as short as a few sessions to help someone become mobilized to move on or as long as years. This depends upon the preexisting issues, the goals of the person and their willingness to participate in the therapeutic process.

Is therapy covered by my health insurance carrier?

Many health insurance carriers often cover all or part of the psychotherapy session, however, each plan has a different benefit. You will need to check with your individual mental health plan. Dr. Tate participates with certain plans and will work with others; you will need to call the office to inquire.

The advantage to utilizing your insurance is clear; there is reimbursement for part or all of your therapy bill. However, there are disadvantages as well. These include: the loss of confidentiality, the loss of control of treatment and the effect of having a psychiatric diagnosis. In order for coverage to be approved, there is often information that is required to be provided to your health or managed care carrier. These might include a diagnosis, history and/or treatment plans. Dr. Tate has no control over the information once it leaves the office. The company that manages your care will often require authorizations and or provide a limit to the number of sessions. When the number and/or frequency of your sessions depends upon the company managing your care, it places your treatment out of our control. Treatment works best when both therapist and patient make the decisions.
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