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About PsyHarmony


About PsyHarmony
Well-being.  That mental state where it feels like we're OK. We can deal with our lives. We gain control over our future.

Personality disorders.  Anger issues. Substance abuse.   Family problems. Money Issues.  Failing health. Grief or bereavement.  Trauma. A troubled relationship. A court or school's demand for mental health assessments or opinion.  Many of us have tried hard to face these challenges on our own. Let me help you cope and recover from the conditions which stand in the way of your well-being.

My ability to help you comes from years of academic preparation, years of relevant work history, and personal experience.  I have a degree in social work, two master's degrees (psychology and public administration) and a doctorate in clinical counseling. I have worked with active duty members and veterans and cadents, families facing disasters, hospitalized and home care patients, adolescents in a variety of facilities,  mental health facility patients, nursing home residents.  All of these folks were ready to address what they wanted their lives to be like  and were willing to do what they needed to get there. 

I am proud and grateful for coming from a military family. Married, with adult children, and aging parents, my family life was blessed and challenged by the same issues as most families.  

Your road to well-being might include psychotherapies such as  Solution Focused Psychotherapy,  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, play therapy, or my clients' personal favorite, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. I will help you use your  time between sessions to practice exercises which you and I will design during each session.  If you are taking medication, I will be glad to work closely with your prescribing provider to help you determine the effects of your medications on your thoughts and behaviors.  And always, we will monitor your progress in therapy and the direction you want to pursue.

Your sense of well-being is waiting.  Give me a call today and let's see if we're meant to work together.






About You (Yes, You!)


About  You (Yes, You!)

We face no shortage of difficulties.  It may seem most of these challenges occurs when they are hardest to bear.  Given enough time, most of us will recover.  But, there comes a time for many of us when we know we cannot get well on own.  We need some help, and we need it now.  I haven't met you yet, but I know something about you already.
                                                                                                                          
You Are Not Weak

Needing help is NOT a sign of weakness. Oftentimes our problems really are getting worse over time. Or they wear us down.  Or they pile-up. They combine to remove our sense of well-being and we feel like we just can't fight back.  Our problems are spilling over into the rest of our lives. We are not weak; this is a sign we need to do something else to get better.

                                                                                                                          You Are Not Broken

Needing help is NOT a sign that we are broken. We may be bruised but we not broken. Believe it or not, feeling like we need professional help is often a healthy sign that we are still trying to work our way out of our problems ...that we are still hanging in there, fighting the good fight. It's a sign of respect for ourselves, and perhaps for others in our lives who are affected by our mental health problems.

                                                                                                                           You Are Not Helpless

There is hope for you.  The feeling that no matter what we do we will still continue to feel unbearable emotional pain is a mind-trick which we play on ourselves.    We will work hard to convert these feelings of  helplessness into hopefulness.  It's hopefulness which fuels our rides into our futures.
                                                      .

If  you feel like self-harming, if  you feel like you are unsafe, and/or you feel like you are suicidal, stop reading now, and call 911.  Tell the operator "I don't feel safe" . Now. If you can't call on your own, ask someone to help you. You can get help because help is out there. Just call.

Services Provided


Individual Therapy

Recovering a Sense of Well-Being

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Couples and Family Therapy

A Sense of Shared Well-Being

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Assessments and Evaluations

A Scientific Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment

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Treatment Interventions


Solution Focused Psychotherapy

Solution Focused Psychotherapy

Solution Focused Psychotherapy (often know as Brief Therapy) is the therapy of choice for those folks who benefit from an approach which deals with "here and now" issues related to their mental health. This approach begins with the idea "What will it be like if you no longer have this problem?" followed up by a treatment plan which guides you in the direction of your choice. As its name implies, the goal is to move from being stuck to a state of well-being. Many, if not most conditions respond to this particular treatment even when combined with one or more of the other treatments described below.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more limited in duration, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors." Excerpted from https://beckinstitute.org/get-informed/cbt-faqs/. Check out this webpage for loads of information about CBT from the psychologist and associates who are credited for the development and testing of this widely used therapy.

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). Alternately known as RBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy), REBT is differentiated from other therapies by it focus on challenging clients to examine their thought patterns driving their behaviors and emotional experiences. REBT clients seem to enjoy and benefit from its "action-oriented" approach. For more informoation about REBT, click or contact |albertellis.org/rebt-cbt-therapy/REBT

Mindfulness Behavioral Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness Behavioral Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness Behavioral Cognitive Therapy. "MBCT was developed for people with recurring episodes of depression or unhappiness, to prevent relapse. It has been proven effective in patients with major depressive disorder who have experienced at least three episodes of depression. Mindfulness-based relapse prevention may also be helpful for treating generalized anxiety disorders and addictions. MBCT has also been shown to improve symptoms of depression in some people with physical health conditions, such as vascular disease and traumatic brain injury. There are many approaches to the use of this form of meditation in therapy." Excerpted from this website https://www.psychologytoday.com/therapy-types/mindfulness-based-cognitive-therapy.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a highly structured therapeutic techniques deisgned to coach clients through various 4 identified stages of recovery. For more information about this therapy tool, contact https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/substanceuse/met-sud.asp. Although this website addresses the use of MI in case of substance abuse, it's been found helpful for other types of disorders where the therapist discovers the need to provide a highly structured approach to guide someone's behavior. MI tools help monitor the state of a client's commitment by discussing the value and benefits of behavioral changes throughout a course of therapy.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) "Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual's ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships " Excerpted from Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/therapy-types/dialectical-behavior-therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). As defined by the EMDR Institute, "EMDR is is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. " For more information, click here: http://www.emdr.com/frequent-questions/http://www.emdr.com/frequent-questions/

Covering Your Costs


Covering Your Costs
Insurance 

I am  a HealthNet in-network provider.    If  you don't carry HealthNet and would like to  use other, out-of-network coverage from another insurance company I am glad to provide you with receipts, etc, to facilitate your reimbursement.





Your fee is due at the beginning of each appointment unless you have made prior arrangements with Billing.  Make this arrangement before you come to your appointment.

Your insurance plan might not reimburse any or all of your treatment.  We strongly recommend you check with them before you begin your treatment.  


Fees for Treatment

Your well-being is our top concern.  We want to have treatment if you really need it
My fees are based on the customary fees for professional psychological services delivered by professional clinical psychologists. In Colorado, these psychologists must have earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and have completed their post-doctoral training and obtained licensure.

Our standard charge is $80-130 an hour based on the type of psychotherapy needed (individual, family, or group counseling).

Ten percent of this practice is committed to pro bono or reduced-fee services for those in need.  You must make these arrangements with Billing prior to coming to your first session. These number of actual treatment hours available is quite limited.

We are sorry, but these reduced or pro bono fees apply only to psychotherapy and not to assessment or testing for forensic or academic purposes.


Assessments

Forensic (court-related)  or Academic Assessments: to be contracted before we begin testing.  PsyHarmony requests payment for 50% of the expected fee before testing with the remainder due once the final document is ready for delivery.  Under rare circumstances, such as when an insurance company requests and authorizes specific assessments, we will be glad to work with you to make an appropriate arrangement for payment.

Resources


Resources
The following resources are provided for your information only.  PsyHarmony does not endorse or otherwise recommend any of these materials or sites.  You are encouraged to use the resources to guide you towards other resources which may serve to round out your understanding of specific illnesses or treatments.  They are not meant to replace the advice of mental health and medical practitioners. However,  these resources may serve give you information you can use to discuss with your providers.

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Community Mental Health Resources

The following resources are described with excerpts from their respective websites.  The reader is cautioned that no promise is made about the value, effectiveness, or veracity of the comments made. Whenever possible ,readers are strongly advised to access the entire website cited.


  • Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1: (http://www.ppunitedway.org/211.html) "At present, trained information specialists staff the hotline from 8a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday utilizing a comprehensive database of thousands of resources including federal, state, and local government agencies, private non-profits, as well as faith and community-based organizations. By directing people to the right resources and preparing them for their visit, 2-1-1 promotes higher assistance success and decreases frustrations. Last year, Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 provided life changing information and referrals to countless individuals and families in crisis." The call is free and their referral resources represent a vast collection of potentially helpful organizations.

  • Aspen Pointe provides medical and counseling services. Aspen Pointe accepts a variety of insurances, both commercial and public. Please call 719-572-6100 to obtain the specific services available by insurance company. Over the years, Aspen Pointe has provided PsyHarmony's clients (who are also Aspen Pointe patients)  with access to psychopharmaceutical medications. There are usually fees charged.

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). DBSA is an important resource in our community to provide support to those who have been diagnosed with clinical depression and forms of Bipolar disorder. Ongoing peer counseling is provided by trained facilitators.  The information and moreover, the sense of support through community is invaluable to those dealing with chronic mental health issues.  They also have wellness-related resources to aid in maintaining recovery. For more information, phone 719-477-1515 or e-mail them at help@dbsacoloradosprings.org, or drop by (call first!) their offices at 2132 E. Bijou St., Suite 112, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. You might also find their website helpful: www.dbsacoloradosprings.org

  • National  Alliance on Mental Alliance (NAMI) is "the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education. Here is the local contact information: https://namicoloradosprings.org/about-nami-colorado-springs/, phone 844-493-8255. The contact information for the national organization is www.nami.org and their phone # is 800-950-6264.  IN A CRISIS? TEXT NAMI TO 741741.  Both the local and national contact information is provided because the local organization can advise you about their services and register you for their peer-led groups for family members and clients.  The national organization can provide you with invaluable information regarding legal issues, medication, and other common challenges which require knowledgeable advice.

  • Peak Vista: "Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center providing exceptional medical, dental and behavioral health care.  Peak Vista accepts a wide variety of insurance plans and  its website indicates a willing interest in serving those without financial resources to cover all their medical/ behavioral needs." You may be interested in the 340B program which provides discounted pharmaceuticals at participating pharmacies.  For more information,  contact them at http://www.peakvista.org/about-us or phone (719)632-5700.

  • SET Clinics.  "SET is a nonprofit medical clinic providing care to the uninsured, under-insured, homeless and Medicaid populations in our community." "SET Family Medical Clinics serves all low income, uninsured and underinsured people, regardless of their ability to pay full price for services. There are multiple clinic sites in El Paso county.  SET Family Medical Clinics are authorized to treat acute and chronic illnesses, minor injuries, and mental health issues accompanying medical conditions.  Under certain circumstances they can dispense psychopharmaceutical drugs and/or write prescriptions for outside pharmacies.
    SET Family clinic has a discounted sliding fee schedule for those with limited financial resources https://www.centura.org/locations/set-family-medical-clinic. Contact information: 9100 E. Mineral Circle Centennial, CO 80112 , phone 303-290-6500.  

  • Tri-Lakes Cares.  Tri-Lakes Cares can provide financial assistance, including rent/mortgage, utilities, transportation, medical bills and co-pays, post-secondary education assistance, and child-care, emergency assistance, including food, car repair, or home repair, self-sufficiency programs, including Getting Ahead, Individual Self-Sufficiency Plans (ISP), budget counseling, and job search and interview skills, and seasonal programs, including school supplies, holiday food, and holiday gifts for children and seniors.  TLC cannot provide a specific service or the funding may not be available for specific issues, they can provide referrals to other service organizations, for example:• LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program)• Budget Counseling• Mental Health Counseling• SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program)• TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)• Senior Assistance and • Health Insurance Assistance. If you are in need, please  go this website: https://tri-lakescares.org/ or contact one of the people below to find out if they can help:

      For Information for Last Name A-L:  Email Sabrina Pacheco at CaseManager@Tri-LakesCares.org  719-481-4864 ext. 102

      For Information for Last Name M-Z: Email Paula Blair at CaseManager2@Tri-LakesCares.org  719-481-4864 ext. 112

      Note: not only do they serve eligible residents in the Tri-Lakes area, they also extend their services to Air Force Academy residents.


Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention. (719) 573-7447 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM.  After hours, phone 911.  A call center staffed with highly-trained volunteers serving people of all ages. Repeat callers not discouraged to call again.  
 
Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention. (719) 573-7447 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM

Websites for Particular Disorders


  • Anxiety and Depression:  the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA" " is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research."  If you are suffering from one of these disorders, it would be well worth your time to give them a click: https://adaa.org/adaa-online-support-group.  

Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders


  • Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Association of America: (SARDAA). Peer and family support for those persons affected by schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders.  Contact information: 240-423-9432, website: https://sardaa.org/

  • National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI):  See entry above.


Post-Trauma Support Groups

  • The website Psych Central has cobbled together a lovely list of online support groups for PTSD:   https://psychcentral.com/resources/Post-traumatic_Stress/Support_Groups/.  While you are there, cruise the website for information written by mental health professionals on a wide variety of mental health topics and conditions.  It really is a gold mine of useful information.

  • Google Meet-up Groups:https://www.meetup.com/topics/ptsd/.  Ok, let's say you've never accessed a Meet-up Group on Google.  It's time to consider doing just that.  Click on the above link, and follow the directions.  You'll be able to bring up PTSD support groups by the area they serve.  Most will be free or ask for a nominal donation to cover the host's costs.  Yes, that means they are in-the-flesh programs.  No, it doesn't mean you have a long term commitment.  C'mon, try it.  You know you want to...


  • TESSA:  https://www.tessacs.org/.  Therapeutic support groups for domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors.  Phone  719.633.1462. 







Contact


  • 236 N. Washington Street, Suite 8E, Monument, CO 80132