AREAS OF SPECIALTY
He enjoys working with all age groups. His areas of interest include, and are not limited to:
- Behavioral Disorders (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder – ODD, etc.)
- Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder – GAD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – OCD, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD etc.)
- Mood Disorders (Major Depressive Disorder - MDD, Bipolar Disorders);
- Psychotic Disorders
- Family Conflict / Marital Problems
WHAT TO EXPECT
What it evidence-based approach?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, Motivational Interviewing and other techniques that have been well researched over time proving they are helpful to most people are often referred to as an "evidence-based" interventions. For instance, CBT is the psychotherapeutic treatment of choice for anxiety, mood and behavior problems. While history gathering is helpful and important, for the most part the treatment is present-focused. This means that the psychotherapist will focus on the symptoms or problems that are affecting you negatively, and solutions will be introduced to help you lead towards more fulfilling life. You will be asked to practice skills or techniques outside of the therapy session to support their treatment. Various evidence-based techniques are utilized when appropriate, based upon your symptoms, level of development, and preferences.
The First Visit
More time is allocated for the first visit since during this time psychotherapist gathers a lot of important information about the reason for engaging in psychotherapy. Use of self-assessing questionnaires is a standard practice along with a clinical interview to collect more details about you or your loved one’s symptoms. This information will help narrow diagnostic process and it will help create an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP). The same plan will be prepared and collaboratively finalized at your subsequent session. During the first visit the clinician wants to allow adequate amount of time for the people served to ask any questions they may have. The quality of the relationship between the client and the therapist is an imperative factor in a successful treatment.
Psychotherapy or counseling is not an easy process. Our clinician holds self to the highest ethical standards to make certain the best possible service to all clients is provided. The goal is to have clients feel comfortable. As the treatment progresses clinician starts to appropriately challenge the client so that a positive change can be accomplished in the shortest amount of time possible. The treatment length depends on many factors and it cannot be predicted. As one of great minds in counseling psychology stated “The therapist job is not to have a job!” We accept that philosophy.
Parking & Arrival
Please utilize the free parking provided by the One Texas Station court business building. Please be mindful not to park on the University of Maryland allocated parking spots. We encourage everyone to arrive coupled minutes earlier to their appointment. When you arrive, you will be welcomed by the front office staff by name Dragana Pregelj. She will let me know you have arrived. Please have a seat in the waiting area and our clinician will come to the waiting area as soon as possible.
The forms that we have posted you may choose to review and/or complete prior to arriving for your first session. Completing them in advance will allow more time for discussion during your appointment. We encourage people to get prepared and to please feel free to ask any questions. We look forward to meeting you!
Billing and Fees
Initial Phone Consultation (15 minutes) - Free
Initial sessions/evaluations (up to 90 minutes) - $175 Individual or family therapy sessions (45-50 minutes) - $115
Attendance at meetings, professional consultation, personal services - $115/hr
Clinical supervision for Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors (LGPC) - $115
Payment: Payment is due at the time of service. Generally, payment is collected prior to our session beginning. Payment is accepted in the form of cash, check, or credit card and we also offer financing options. We keep your payment information secure in your file for convenience and easier processing.
My services are out-of-network provider for all health insurance companies. This allows for greater flexibility and privacy for my patients. You may be eligible for reimbursement for services by your insurance company. You can determine whether your insurance company will reimburse you by contacting the member services department. I will be happy to assist you in navigating this process and, upon request, will provide you with the documentation you will need to submit a claim for potential reimbursement.
Lateness, Cancellations & No-Shows:
Scheduling of an appointment involves the reservation of time allocated specifically for you. For that reason, a minimum of 24-hour notice is required for re-scheduling or canceling your appointment. The normal psychotherapeutic session fee will be charged for sessions missed without such notification. Understandably, occasional exceptions occur if it is agreed that a late cancellation was unavoidable. If you are running late for your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know you will be late. If you arrive late for your psychotherapy appointment, please understand that your session will need to end on already predetermined time, as other clients may be waiting for their appointment. If you cancel or no-show for 3 scheduled psychotherapy sessions within 3-month period, we will likely make a decision to refer you to another professional that may better match to your needs.