Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a psychologist and other mental health providers (MFT, LCSW)?
Psychologists have a high level of training compared to other practitioners, having attained a doctoral degree in psychology. They have extensive knowledge of scientific practice with thousands of hours of clinical training. They maintain licensure with the Board of Psychology and receive annual ongoing training to keep up-to-date on best clinical practices.
Is therapy right for me?
Therapy is a process of self discovery and change, promoted by a trusting connection between therapist and client. If you are ready to undertake the time and financial investment involved, and have areas of life that need exploration, then therapy can provide some answers. It is important to recognize that you are the change agent and can decide how and when to make these changes. Clients who are active participants in the therapy process, are regular in meeting and committed to growth, experience the best outcomes.
How often do we need to meet?
Weekly appointments are most helpful and provide the best use of therapy, especially when clients begin. If someone is experiencing a crisis, Dr. Barber will suggest meeting more often. Appointments every other week are usually viewed as support only, when clients begin terminating treatment, and are not as effective in making full use of treatment capability.
Is therapy confidential?
Therapists do not disclose information about clients without their written permission except where certain exceptions are mandated according to state laws and ethical standards. Dr. Barber works carefully with all clients to protect confidentiality and inform them of any exceptions in advance.
How much does it cost?
The standard fee is the same per session, whether individual or couple. To ensure affordability, Dr. Barber uses a sliding scale with students and others who may be experiencing financial difficulty. Fees are increased annually and clients are informed ahead of time.
Do you accept insurance?
Dr. Barber is a Medicare provider but is not in network for any other insurers. She provides a super-bill monthly, itemizing costs, to her clients upon request. Clients are encouraged to determine insurance benefits, if any, prior to therapy.