I elected to make this practice fully telehealth for a few reasons. First, the research has generally shown that telehealth and in-person services are equivalent. Second, patients and providers have told me how difficult it is to find a good, research-based psychologist in New York with the necessary knowledge for addressing the complex experiences of people with chronic pain and illness. A telehealth practice helps me reach more patients! Third, patients in pain frequently report to me having difficulty leaving their homes; being a telehealth practice lets them still get treatment, even on the days the pain flares! All you need is a computer, phone, tablet, or, other smart devices with a camera and microphone. After making this decision, I sought to ensure that the practice is safe, secure, and fully HIPAA compliant, as well as easy to use.
Of note, due to my current licensure, I am ONLY able to provide services to patients in New York State at the time of the appointment. I serve most areas in New York including, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Watertown, Cortland, Ithaca, Binghamton, Utica, Albany, and the Adirondacks. If you want to know more and determine if I can see you, please contact me so that we can discuss this further.
During your first appointment, I will get to know you. This will include discussing your pain and history. From this information, we will determine if you are likely to benefit from treatment with me.
As you can see, I offer several treatments (and more are coming) that we can tailor to your specific needs and goals. Through discussion, we will agree on what your treatment will look like.
Together, we will complete the agreed-upon treatment. These treatment plans, though, can change as life happens. If we both agree on it, we can change the plans as necessary.
Occasionally, we will discuss how the treatment is going, and you will complete some short questionnaires during treatment. These steps are to ensure treatment is actually helping you. If not, we can discuss doing a different treatment, adding a component to your treatment, or ending the treatment altogether.
We work together to create a plan for ending treatment and to help you maintain your improvements. My ultimate hope is that you can return to your life and continue to develop strategies for managing your pain.