FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (F.A.Q.):
This section is intended for educational purposes only and not intended to evaluate or treat any condition. Call the office at 1-888-DRPIZZI for additional information.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT IT'S TIME TO GET PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP?
Based on recent emotional or behavioral changes, your doctor, family, spouse, partner, and/or friends may have suggested that you might benefit from professional help. Changes in sleep patterns, eating habits, work or school performance, mood, or relationships all point to the possibility of serious difficulties that can be helped by a psychologist.
HOW DO I DECIDE IF A PSYCHOLOGIST IS THE RIGHT PROFESSIONAL TO HELP ME?
There are many mental-health professionals in the community with various credentials. These include social workers, counselors, and psychiatrists. In most states, psychologists have a doctoral degree and average more than 7 years of graduate education beyond college to learn their specialized skills. This includes a pre-doctoral internship, post-doctoral residency training, and several years of supervised clinical experience prior to being licensed to practice independently as a psychologist. Dr. Pizzi is licensed at the highest level for psychologists in both Florida and Michigan, and has been practicing independently since 1999. Psychologists are also trained to help you access other mental-health and/or medical services you may require.
HOW WILL THE PSYCHOLOGIST DETERMINE WHAT MY PROBLEMS ARE & THE BEST WAYS TO IMPROVE MY LIFE?
Psychologists are trained to assist you in identifying the underlying problems and learning more effective ways to cope. Dr. Pizzi will first conduct an Initial Diagnostic Interview to fully explore your concerns and goals. A wide variety of psychological treatment methods may then be recommended to address the issues, such as individual therapy, couple therapy, group therapy, or other interventions. As a psychologist, Dr. Pizzi is trained and credentialed to provide psychological testing, which is outside the scope of practice of most other mental health professionals. Testing may be indicated for your situation in order to attain a deeper, more meaningful understanding of your issues.
IS THE INFORMATION I PROVIDE TO MY PSYCHOLOGIST CONFIDENTIAL?
Dr. Gregg A. Pizzi & Associates, P.A., maintains the privacy of your health information as required by state and federal law. Dr. Pizzi also adheres to the 'Ethical Principles of Psychologists & Code of Conduct' of the American Psychological Association. Our written 'Notice of Psychologist's Policies & Practices to Protect the Privacy of Your Patient Health Information' is available for inspection and may be discussed with the psychologist at any time. (Please also see Disclaimer under the 'Office Policies' tab.)
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I NO LONGER NEED PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES?
After the initial evaluation period, your psychologist will develop a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. Over time, the two of you will review your progress, as well as any barriers that may prevent you from moving forward. Together, you and your psychologist can determine when the maximal treatment benefit has been achieved. At some point, you may also want to take a break from treatment to consolidate gains & return for follow-up treatment at a later time.
WHAT IF I NEED MEDICATION?
Dr. Pizzi is a Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, trained and licensed to evaluate and treat psychological problems without the use of medication. However, Dr. Pizzi will assist you and your other healthcare professionals in deciding whether medication is indicated, monitoring side effects, and measuring the usefulness of medication.
HOW DOES DR. PIZZI DETERMINE HIS FEES?
Dr. Pizzi offers a premium service to his patients and clients, with an emphasis on high-quality professional care that is unsurpassed by many in the field. You will be treated like a person and not a number, with the respect and attention you deserve. Dr. Pizzi practices independently and is not part of any agency. You are guaranteed the highest level of confidentiality since he alone has access to your records and deals with you directly. Dr. Pizzi is actively involved in the field of psychology and the community, and is always advancing his knowledge and expertise through continuing education and specialized training. Your psychological treatment with Dr. Pizzi is NOT limited to just the sessions that you attend. As appropriate, you will be given customized 'homework' assignments, recommended reading for your particular situation, and have access to unlimited e-mail communication with Dr. Pizzi between visits. Every effort is made to help you feel connected and supported throughout your treatment. Accordingly, Dr. Pizzi's fees are set slightly higher than the usual & customary rate (UCR) for fully-licensed psychologists in the area. However, you will likely find that the quality of service and attention to detail that you receive are without comparison and well worth it.