My Approach to Helping
Looking for the right therapist can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. Get unstuck with our top-rated therapists & psychologists. We'll show you how to manage anxiety, improve depression, revitalize relationships, and overcome battles with food & body. We’re The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale; a therapy, counseling & life coaching private-pay practice. Concierge, personalized service for our patients is the hallmark of our boutique practice. Our clients receive an intimate, attentive and individualized counseling experience. Breakthroughs begin here.
We provide heartfelt mental health therapy delivered with expertise and sincerity. Our team is small in number and big on focus. Our priority is you. We intentionally curated an intimate and comfortable office setting so that you’ll never feel like just a number. We specialize in evidence-based individual, couples and family therapy.
Our therapy practice is conveniently located in east Ft. Lauderdale, a half-mile mile from the Atlantic Ocean on Oakland Park Boulevard, within a newly remodeled, modern office. We also offer life coaching and psychological testing. It’s our honor to serve you better. Forward momentum starts with a phone call.
More Info About My Practice
What exactly is Concierge Therapy?
In short, concierge therapy is an exclusive and individualized approach to mental health. Every single one of our clients receives an intimate, attentive and comprehensive counseling experience. Our practice is a private-pay model and our therapists are not in-network with any insurance companies. Because of this model, we can purposely limit our caseloads and focus more on what matters most, you.
Client-Centric — Your time is valuable. We offer morning, afternoon and early evening appointments as well as extendeddouble sessions. For existing clients we can offer same day appointments; new clients can often be seen within 48 hours. Since there is only one client scheduled per appointment, there is zero wait time.
Comfort & Privacy — Our gorgeously appointed, private office suite is styled with an uplifting blend of understated elegance and colorful charm. We’re nestled discretely at the end of a hallway on the 5th floor of a secure and professional building. A peaceful experience awaits you behind large glass entry doors which open up to an uncrowded waiting area illuminated by the soft golden glow of candles and gentle lamps. Carefully curated and deliberately soothing ambient music plays in the background. An elusive fragrance from the fresh bouquet of flowers floats through the air. The quiet rhythm of trickling water over a multi-tiered steel calla lily fountain evokes a sense of serenity. When greeted by your therapist, you’re invited to enjoy a sparkling water or hot espresso. Get comfortable on one of the supple sofas and drape yourself with a plush throw. Communicate with confidence within our state-of-the-art soundproof walls.
Prompt & Accessible — Clients have direct access to their therapist. There’s no receptionist or go-between to intercept patient-therapist communication. You can expect prompt and timely responses to your questions, requests, and needs.
Complete & Thorough — Utmost priority is placed on comprehensive, quality care. Ample time is spent with each client ensuring you’re heard. We listen first to understand. Our therapists collaborate and coordinate with other medical providers at your request to ensure continuity of care.
Convenient — We’re located nearby in east Fort Lauderdale, one-half mile from the Atlantic Ocean on East Oakland Park Boulevard. Next door is the Coral Ridge Mall where you can make an errand before or after your appointment.
Why Concierge Therapy Services?
Quite simply, to serve you better. By adopting a concierge, private-pay business model we’re able to slow the hustle of the workday, remain energized and spend more time with our clients. That’s important because we practice what we preach and hold deep respect for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Also, we can bypass health insurance restrictions and offer individualized services that meet your needs. By keeping our practice small and intimate, you don’t get lost in the shuffle.
We’re not overworked. In fact, we limit the number of clients we accept to our caseload. We have the mental and physical energy to always go the extra mile. Whether you’re the first appointment of the day or the last, you’ll get 100% from your therapist. You’ll be consistently treated with respect and kindness.
Concierge healthcare is growing in popularity for providers and patients alike because insurance companies aren’t fairly compensating providers for the service they provide and clients aren’t receiving the care they deserve. Managed care companies create loops to jump through from pre-authorization for services to restrictions on frequency and duration of therapy sessions.
Reimbursement rates continue to decline, resulting in clinicians holding huge caseloads to make ends meet. Insurance paneled therapists work long hours, seeing clients back-to-back resulting in exhausted providers and dissatisfied patients. This lose-lose situation for both clinicians and patients is why many people are backing a new approach to mental health care.
More on Managed Care Challenges
Medical necessity is a requirement for psychological services to be covered. This means your therapist must diagnose a psychiatric condition to authorize treatment
Lack of confidentiality in that your attendance in therapy is part of your medical record and your chart (including therapy notes) could be reviewed by an insurance agent in the event of an audit
Couples, marital, and relationship counseling aren’t typically covered
Life Coaching, stress management and bereavement aren’t typically covered
Pre-authorization is required before receiving some services
Restrictions on how often you can see your therapist (often limited to 1xweekly max)
Restrictions on the duration of sessions (special authorization required to have longer than 50-minute appointments)
Limitations on how many sessions you can receive per year
Large annual deductibles needing to be satisfied before coverage begins
Dropping reimbursement rates & cumbersome claim filing
Limited choices finding an in-network provider. The negative aspects of paneling with insurance turn off the most talented clinicians in the field.
A concierge, private-pay style of practice paves way for much smaller caseloads and client-centered treatment plans. A lower number of total clients protect clinicians from burnout. Providers can offer extended appointment times because they aren’t bound by managed care restrictions. Your confidentiality can be guaranteed and no third-party has access to your record.
The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale is a private-pay model and our clinicians are not in-network with any insurance companies. In addition to all the benefits already described, we find that instead of investing time and money in insurance billing, negotiating treatment plans or reimbursement rates, we can focus on patient care. Treatment is dictated by the clinician and patient, not by insurance companies. Our therapists are working less and focused more on continuing education and recharging our batteries. Also, this business model allows us to focus on the meaningfulness of our work which is enjoying the increased interactions with you, our patients.
We know that your mental health and the success of your relationships are amongst the most important things to you and your loved ones. It’s truly our honor to serve you better.
Can I Still Use My Insurance?
Despite the many challenges and areas of concern in using insurance to cover mental health therapy, clients may still elect to do so. Quality psychological services can be costly so it’s completely understandable that getting reimbursed for at least some of the associated costs relieves any financial burden
If your insurance plan has out-of-network benefits, you can see any licensed therapist of your choosing and the plan will reimburse you a percentage after the deductible is satisfied. In most cases, insurance reimburses around 60-90% of usual & customary services (e.g., weekly, 50-minute appointments). Coverage also assumes you have met diagnostic criteria for a psychiatric condition meeting medical necessity for treatment (which will be determined during the first appointment). At the time of the therapy appointment, you are financially responsible for the service fee then we provide you with an invoice (called a superbill) to submit to the insurance company (it’s easy!).
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
"My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don't know why I wouldn't seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth." -Kerry Washington
Some folks hold fast to the myth that therapy is for crazies, a sign of weakness or neediness. This misunderstanding couldn't be further from the truth. People from all walks of life reach out to professionals for help including the well-adjusted, successful, wealthy and famous.
Think about all the habits we try to create in order to keep ourselves healthy. We go to the dentist not only when we have a cavity or need a root canal, we also go for cleanings to prevent dental problems. Just like we exercise and eat balanced meals to keep our bodies healthy, we need to take action to protect our most precious asset, our mental health.
The Psychology Group team got together to tell you about a few benefits of therapy (and other psychological services) and why you should make talking to us one of your healthy habits this year.
5 benefits of making therapy a habit:
1. Therapy helps us improve our relationships, even individual therapy.
"We don't believe in The One. We don't believe in the fairytale. We don't believe that you can meet someone and you have perfectly matching personalities. We are opposites and it has taken a tremendous amount of work and therapy for us to coexist."
-Dax Shepard on his marriage to Kristen Bell
Kristina Fecik, LMFT, relationship expert writes:
If I were to ask you what your top three priorities are for the new year, what would you choose? Finances? Health? Work-life balance? My guess is that despite relationships being pretty high up there, for most of us, they wouldn't appear on our resolutions list. I write this because even though relationships are amongst the most valued aspects of one's life, they are often the least tended to. According to this not-so-surprising survey, eating and exercise habits were two of the most popular areas people wanted to improve.
It's understandable that we spend a lot of time maintaining our appearance. We do so, oftentimes, to attract a partner. The funny thing is, when that partner appears, we tend to forget that our new relationship also needs to be maintained (and can be). Significant research has been done that shows there actually are ways to maintain a relationship so to keep it strong and long-lasting. Inversely, certain habits also lead relationships to early ends.
A common misconception is that talking to a therapist about a relationship is only necessary when a relationship is in peril. On the contrary, I recommend couples therapy as a preventative measure, to begin before troubles arise. Through learning effective communication skills, ways to better understand your partner?s feelings and tips to better manage challenges, couples can protect the relationship from harm.
2. Because stuffing our feelings doesn't work.
"I spent a lot of time avoiding feelings. And now I have no time left for that. You know, I just started therapy, I love it, I love it."
Dr. Jamie Long, writes:
There have been several psychological studies producing similar results: hiding feelings leads to more stress on the body andor increased difficulty avoiding the distressing thoughts and feelings.
In one study, for example, research participants were divided into two groups and shown disturbing medical procedure films while their stress responses were measured (e.g., heart rates, pupil dilation, sweat production). One group was asked to watch the videos while letting their emotions show whereas the second group of subjects was asked to watch the films and act as if nothing were bothering them. And guess what? The participants who suppressed their emotions (acted as if nothing bothered them) had significantly more physiological arousal (Gross and Levenson, 1995). The emotional suppressors may have appeared cool and calm but on the inside stress was erupting!
These types of studies show us that expressing emotions, having words to describe how we feel and facial expressions to emote (yup that means crying) help us regulate our stress response. So in addition to talking to your bestest pals, what better way to express yourself than to talk regularly to a licensed professional?
3. Finding and being your authentic self is awesome.
"It's a really wonderful thing to be able to talk to someone who doesn't judge you." -Katy Perry
Terri Finnigan, LMFT, an expert therapist for the LGBTQ+ community writes:
The holidays can be a harsh reminder of our "otherness." It can be incredibly difficult feeling like you're an outsider in your family, your group of friends, or the culture at large. If you're a member of a marginalized group, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, a woman in a patriarchal culture, a member of an ethnic minority group, or someone who just feels "other" the road to feeling safe being your authentic self can be a steep one to climb.
Therapy is often an essential part of healing the feelings that "otherness" can bring, and transforming your life into the one that was meant for you. Research shows that people who work hard to live authentically report feelings of happiness and a sense of psychological well-being. With regular therapy, you can make 2019 the year of your authentic self!
4. It teaches you the (sometimes not-so-obvious) differences between healthy and unhealthy habits.
"For women, we're taught to eat less until we disappear. And trained to believe that if you don't look like everyone else, then you're unlovable. I think it's good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love."
Dr. Tali Berliner, an eating disorder specialist writes:
The new year is a time for a change, out with the old and in with the new! It is also a time when people feel pressured to make and stick to a New Year's resolution. Making a resolution can feel empowering as we create new goals for ourselves and make changes for the better. Seeking therapy during this time can be very helpful in order to have guidance and support in evaluating what changes to make and to set realistic expectations of the process. Meeting with a therapist can also be important to ensure that an innocent resolution does not become an unhealthy or destructive habit.
For example, consider the popular New Year?s resolution of going on a diet. Research shows that dieting can be a gateway to disordered eating habits, an eating disorder, and weight gain. Researchers now know that dieting is the single most predictive factor for developing an eating disorder.
5. Psychological testing can pinpoint areas of strength and weaknesses.
"Asking for help is always a sign of strength." -Michelle Obama
Dr. Noreen Commella, an expert in psychological assessment writes:
Perhaps someone has mentioned that you or your child may benefit from completing a psychological or psychoeducational evaluation. There are a variety of reasons a physician, therapist, or school may recommend an evaluation.
Psychological and psychoeducational evaluations provide a comprehensive and dynamic understanding of the individual being assessed. Depending on the nature of the referral, a psychological evaluation can help clarify a diagnosis and treatment plan, provide insight about personality traits, or determine intellectual andor occupational propensities.
A psychoeducational evaluation provides a pattern of strengths and weaknesses with regard to verbal and non-verbal intelligence, learning, memory, attention, behavior, and social-emotional functioning. The ultimate goal of testing is optimizing your or your child's learning potential through appropriate educational placements and accommodations.
The Psychology Group Fort Lauderdale is a concierge, boutique therapy practice with top rated therapists providing heartfelt mental health counseling & life coaching. We specialize in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, LGBTQ+ Affirmative therapy, relationships, and psychological testing.
Gross JJ, Levenson RW. Emotion elicitation using films. Cognition and Emotion. 1995;9:87?108.