Michelle C. Crimins, Ph.D.
|Professions: Psychology, Psychotherapy, Counseling|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Psychologist|
Billing and Insurance
I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage
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I'm of the mindset that everyone can benefit from therapy. Each of us has unique worries and concerns that we a) don't want to burden our friends and family with or b) can't imagine anyone listening to without judgment. Therefore, choosing a therapist that you feel comfortable talking to is essential. The only way to truly benefit from therapy is to start off feeling understood, respected, and valued.
With specific goals in mind I work together with clients to explore their current situation from all angles. I believe it's important to take into account each person's unique past in order to better understand the patterns and feelings that they might be struggling with today. As such, I will want to get to know your history. Early family dynamics, friendships, relationships - all of these contribute to how we view and participate in the world around us. In addition, I think it's very helpful to pay attention to the mind-body connection. Very often our feelings are accompanied by bodily sensations - back and neck tension, stomach discomfort, headaches, jaw pain etc. Remaining aware of these sensations can clue us into when and why things might be bothering us. Furthermore, we are often so distracted by what we are doing or thinking that we forget to notice our underlying mood until the feelings are quite strong. Becoming more aware of our subtle feelings throughout the day is an important first step towards managing these strong emotions. Breathing and relaxation techniques, which we can review together, are also very helpful.
Finally, I think it's an important reminder that part of the work of therapy is being able to address concerns about the therapy process with your therapist directly. This is a unique benefit of the therapy relationship and, although many people avoid it because it can feel uncomfortable, tremendous growth can be achieved by taking the risk to speak openly about how you feel the therapy process is going.
Email or Call Michelle C. Crimins, Ph.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 05389
More Info About My Practice
I am an out-of-network insurance provider for any PPO plan.
Please check your insurance benefits for details, including any deductibles you may need to meet each year, and I will provide you with a monthly statement that can be submitted for reimbursement from your insurance company.
I do hold some sliding scale (low fee) slots for clients who may have financial constraints - please inquire.
Whether you've been in therapy before or you're seeking it out for the first time - the process can be overwhelming. Feel free to contact me with any questions or to set-up a consultation session. By doing so, we can figure out together whether I'd be a good fit.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
I view the first 2-3 sessions as a "consultation period". By that I mean that you are determining if you feel comfortable speaking with me and I'm making sure that I understand your goals and that I feel I can help you achieve them. During these initial sessions (which are charged at the usual rate) I ask more questions than I do later on so that I can get to know you and have context for your primary concerns. If we both agree to proceed with therapy, we would meet weekly at a time reserved just for you each week. (When necessary, twice weekly sessions are also available). Sometimes people ask if they could come to therapy less frequently - every other week, for example. I believe that this "waters down" therapy too much and as a result makes progress very difficult. It's hard to maintain momentum and focus when therapy occurs only 2 times per month. Although it's both a time and financial commitment to reserve 45 minutes each week for yourself, it is the commitment that actually brings results. In fact, results happen fastest when individuals are working towards their goals and reflecting on our sessions between our meetings. This therapy stuff is hard work!
The duration of therapy is a bit trickier. There is no set answer or formula. We would maintain an ongoing dialogue about where we are on our path to achieving the goals we set, and most people utilize therapy for as long as they feel it is helping them.
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults, Families, and Couples seeking help with: Relationship Problems, Career Concerns, School Problems, Family Struggles, Identity Issues, Life Stressors, Sadness, Anxiety, and Self-esteem (just to name a few).
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