What kind of training does a psychologist have?
In general, a psychologist has 5 to 7 years of training in psychotherapy and testing after an undergraduate degree and has earned a doctoral degree, usually a Ph.D. or Psy.D. This type of degree requires supervised clinical training, graduate coursework, research, completing a dissertation, and two additional years of full-time supervised clinical training before pursuing independent practice. Psychologists then study for written and oral examinations by the Texas Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Licenses are maintained by paying an annual fee and attending continuing education classes every year.
What is the difference between psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals?
Licensed Psychologists have the training listed above. Psychiatrists, on the other hand, complete medical school (which takes about 8 years of coursework and clinical training), have an M.D. or D.O. degree and can prescribe medication. Some psychiatrists provide psychotherapy, but most choose to focus on medication as their main treatment tool. Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs), Professional Counselors (LPCs), and Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are all professionals with a Master’s degree (which takes about two years of coursework and clinical training).
How do I make an appointment?
Contact me directly at 512-627-3583 to schedule your appointment. In general, I offer appointments on Mondays, Tuesday afternoons, and Thursdays.
The confidentiality of client records and your privacy are very important to me. When you come for your first appointment, you will receive a copy of my privacy practices that gives detailed information about this. In general, I will not reveal any information about my clients unless they authorize me to do so or if there’s some identifiable and imminent danger of harm to themselves or others. I am fully compliant with HIPAA regulations and with the ethical code of the American Psychological Association.
What number should I call in anemergency?
If you are in crisis, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.