Frequently Asked Questions | EDRICK DORIAN, PSY.D., ABPP

Frequently Asked Questions

What services do you provide?

I provide individual and couples therapy to adults (18 or older), as well as presentation and consultation services to both the general public and other healthcare professionals/trainees.


Who is your practice for? Who goes to therapy?

Therapy is for anyone who is looking to make a change, learn more about themselves, or overcome a problem.

I want individual psychotherapy for myself, but also relationship counseling with my significant other. Can you offer us both?

Although I provide both individual and couples therapy, I avoid seeing the same client in both modalities. That is, instead of transitioning from individual therapy to couples therapy, I will recommend that a different psychotherapist provide the couples therapy (and/or individual therapy for your significant other). The rationale for this is to avoid any potential harm or conflict around issues of trust, confidentiality, and therapist neutrality.

What can your therapy services do for me? What’s your “style” with clients?

I take a very active role in your therapy. I will help you to organize and understand your concerns (conceptualize), teach you about psychological principles and effective strategies related to your needs, and help you design and implement changes to improve your life.

Perhaps the best way to describe my therapist “style” is as a “compassionate realist.” That is, clients have provided the feedback that in addition to being supportive and understanding, and being a “genuine” person, I treat their concerns with respect for the complexities involved, without “speaking down” to them as the “expert” in the room, but more as a “teammate” working collaboratively towards mutual goals. But that’s just a starting point. I also make sure that they walk away with direct and specific feedback, strategies and tactics for change, guidance on the action-steps to take, and relevant resources to facilitate progress.

A lot of therapists seem to offer Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). How do I know who is truly qualified?

This is an extremely important question. There are two things to consider: 1) Is the therapist certified in CBT? and 2) If so, what is the quality of the organization that did the certifying? The only organization offering a thorough certification process for all mental health professionals, spearheaded by experts in the field (including the “father of cognitive therapy,” Dr. Aaron Beck), is the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I was certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2006. Learn more here.

What does it mean to be “Board Certified”?

The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) was established in 1947 and serves the public need by certifying psychologists as competent to deliver high quality services in various specialty areas of psychology, such as Clinical Psychology and Police & Public Safety Psychology. Board certification (awarding of a Diploma in a specialty) assures the public that specialists designated by the ABPP have successfully completed the educational, training, and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination designed to assess the competencies required to provide quality services in that specialty. I was board certified in Clinical Psychology in 2007 and board certified in Police & Public Safety Psychology in 2011.

How long is each therapy session?

Therapy sessions are 45 minutes long.

How much do sessions cost? Do you offer a discounted rate for students?

Please contact my office for the current session rate. I do offer a discount for students.

Do you take insurance?

Not at this time. If you have a PPO, they will likely reimburse a portion of the session fee. Please contact your insurance company to learn more.

How much therapy will I need?

Every individual and his or her needs are different and this question can never be answered (by any therapist) before the first session is completed. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is considered a short-term approach. Short-term psychotherapy is usually defined as approximately 8-24 sessions, and sometimes longer for more complex or multiple problems.

What is your cancellation policy?

I have a 24-hour cancellation policy from the time of your appointment.


What type of trainings do you provide?

Please see the Trainings page for a sample list of trainings.
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