Get clear about your mental health
Specializing in assessment and treatment for conditions unresponsive to previous intervention or diagnostically complex
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Client Focused Assessment & Treatment
At SBHS, we know what matters is feeling better, regardless of the diagnosis. Below are examples of some of the most distressing symptoms, and how we use a individualized diagnostic approach to get you running smoothly again.
Sometimes insomnia is a symptom of another condition. Sometimes it is a stand-alone condition. An assessment can help identify the root issue and clarify decision making about the most appropriate treatment. Using this approach, a majority of clients experience clinically significant improvement.
Most people experience some reactive symptoms following a trauma. Usually, this isn't a long-term problem. It's the brain's way of processing the experience AND is can be an adaptive process to reduce the risk of exposure to future dangers. However, when distressing symptoms persist longer than a few weeks, assessment and therapy may be desired to help alleviate your burden.
Panic Attacks & Related Anxiety
Panic attacks can occur with generalized anxiety, social phobia, OCD, PTSD, and other conditions. Knowing which condition is key to successful treatment. Assessment informs recommendations for the best-fit empirically supported treatment. Once the best-fit treatment is identified, panic attacks become one of the most treatable behavioral health conditions.
Many people assume thoughts of suicide are a symptom of depression, but these thoughts also occur with other behavioral health conditions. Dr. Williamson not only assesses the degree of risk associated with these thoughts but evaluates to make sure the right underlying condition is being treated. A safety plan is important, and the right treatment for the right condition is essential for reducing distress that drives suicidal ideation in the first place.
How to get started
1. Contact Us
We can set up an intake right away, or if you prefer, schedule a free15-minute consultation before committing to assessment or treatment.
Call: (907) 227 - 7246
2. Consultation Meeting (optional)
Consult with Dr. Williamson to determine whether a routine psychiatric evaluation ("intake") is sufficient or whether a more in-depth psychological evaluation is appropriate. This brief complimentary consult can help you decide what the best approach is for you.
If a routine intake, your first appointment will last about 90 minutes. Specialty evaluation may require several hours. Regardless, the results will be shared with you, including diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment recommendations. If you were referred by another provider for specialty evaluation, the results will also be shared with that provider.
4. Therapy or Referral
Therapy is a process which guides a client in making changes in thought patterns or habits, which have been proven to reduce emotional distress or compromised performance. Whether it is therapy at SBHS or a referral to another provider, our goal is to find the best-fit solution for you!
To be fully transparent, the standard fee for each service is also provided. Actual out-of-pocket costs may be significantly lower depending on whether you are covered by a qualified healthcare plan or other arrangements made with Spring Behavioral Health Solutions.
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This is a 15 minute video-conference with Dr. Williamson to briefly discuss your concerns and get initial recommendations for evaluation and/or treatment.
Typically a 90 minutes visit with a comprehensive look at all symptoms, their history, the impact on your performance, and key contextual factors which may be associated with your condition. The goal is to develop a complete bio-psychosocial conceptualization of what you are dealing with, and use this to identify the most effective treatment for moving forward.
$160 - $250
After an evaluation, some clients will have follow up appointments once, sometimes twice a week for the first month or two. When treatment gains become apparent, the frequency of visits decreases. Ideally, treatment wraps up in eight to sixteen weeks, but we can go longer if needed. The duration of each visit varies based on severity and stage of treatment, but generally ranges from 20 to 70 minutes.
Beginning in Spring 2022, we will offer group therapy for individuals experiencing more chronic or entrenched symptoms. This is more than a support group. Under the guidance of a well-trained therapist, the group therapy process can stimulate change that, for some individuals, cannot be accomplished with individual therapy.
Specialized Psychological Assessment
Usually, a 90-minute evaluative intake (see above) is sufficient to get the information needed for treatment planning. However, in some cases, a specialized assessment is needed which can identify psychological processes about which a client may be unaware. Common testing instruments include the MMPI-3, the MCMI-IV, various Wechsler scales for cognition, or other similar tests. Costs vary depending on a variety of factors but will be discussed prior to scheduling an assessment of this nature.