I am a mindfulness-based psychologist working from a cognitive-behavioral orientation and specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I believe that problems of the heart and mind have solutions. Sometimes change and recovery involve difficult and uncomfortable work, and that is why I promise to approach your situation with compassion.
Here are answers to some common questions about working with a psychologist:
How much do I charge?
I ask $135 per session. I will meet with you for a solid hour, rather than the standard 45-50 minute session.
Do I offer a sliding scale?
I do not, for a variety of philosophical and practical reasons. Constraining my practice to a single fee allows me to charge a bit less than the going rate, and it prevents me from asking you to subsidize other clients by paying a higher fee.
Do I work with insurance companies?
No. I will, however, provide an invoice for out-of-network reimbursement from your carrier. Many of my clients take advantage of that money-saving option.
There are two reasons that I do not work with insurance companies. First, there is evidence that the involvement of an insurance company can damage therapeutic outcomes. I want to make sure that I am working for you, not for a third party with a different set of motivations.
Secondly, I take your privacy very seriously. Insurance companies require providers to divulge information that may later affect your ability to obtain coverage. My billing approach offers a higher level of privacy even if you choose to seek out-of-network reimbursement.
What about confidentiality?
My office is a safe place because I take confidentiality very seriously. Excepting situations in which I am bound to break confidentiality (for example, reported child abuse or the intent to harm someone), everything we discuss will stay between you and me.
How long does treatment take?
Some problems can be managed in just a few sessions. Many can be dealt with in 10-12 sessions. And some people choose to use therapy on an ongoing basis for a variety of reasons, such as managing complex difficulties or using therapy to continually pursue their highest potential.
What does “Psy.D.” mean?
It is a doctorate of clinical psychology – a professional degree akin to an M.D. or J.D. I am a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado.
Am I married?
People considering couple therapy will want to know that I am happily married to my wife of eleven years. We have a young daughter and a dog named Hachi.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Shawn T. Smith, Psy.D.
4045 Wadsworth, Suite 200
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033