You can feel and function better, and I want you to, so you can make your life more the way you’d like it to be. For the past 50 years I’ve been helping people feel better and behave more skillfully, in order to have the comfort and harmony most people want.
You are unique as a person, and the specific circumstances of your life and your specific differences from everyone else are very important for personalizing your therapy. Over the decades I’ve been in the health field, I’ve seen most of the difficulties that bring folks to seek help, so I’m usually able relatively quickly to notice personal variations of these basic human patterns, and to recommend what to do about them.
I can help adults with the many habits of emotional and physical pain we call: anxieties, depressions, low self-confidence, relationship/couple and emotional intimacy problems, adult ADHD. I’m also concerned with maximizing mind-body comfort, fulfillment and productivity instead of dysfunction or chronic pain, and facilitating neuroplasticity [changing brain “wiring”] in a wide variety of physical disease and emotional dysfunctions.
My special strength in therapy and hypnotherapy is developing strong, warm rapport through direct conversation and honest feedback. This usually leads to at least some relatively rapid relief, problem solving and personal change. I’m also good at helping clients find and strengthen motivation to change, and to discover the deeper inner resources necessary to manage mind-body and psychological challenges. Clients frequently feel much better and behave more skillfully without necessarily knowing quite why. My approach is eclectic or integrative, using a wide variety of strategies and tactics, and often relying on common sense and experiential learning, rather than primarily on psychological theory or “insight.” I find that practicing self-hypnosis and mindful meditation can usually increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your learning new information and creative ways of using it.
I earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1971 at UNC-Chapel Hill, and continued as a Visiting Assistant Professor for about 5 years. My next 4 or so decades were spent helping develop a large Group Practice of psychology, psychiatry, social workers and researchers. I’ve pursued extensive advanced and residential study with leaders in many approaches to therapy and problem solving, including Milton Erickson, MD, Bob [MD] and Mary [ACSW] Goulding, and Michael Yapko, PhD.
I can see you either in 1] Raleigh on Tuesdays and Thursdays where I get mail: CenterPoint Psychotherapy Associates, 3729 Benson Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609, or 2] in Chapel Hill on Mondays: Franklin Square, 1829 East Franklin St. Chapel Hill NC 27514. My addresses and directions are on the Home Page horizontal menu under For New Clients/Offices..
Individual sessions are 45 minutes, and the 3 weekly groups are 90 minutes: Mondays Chapel Hill 5:30-7PM; Raleigh: Tuesdays 4:30-6PM, and Thursdays 5-6:30PM.
I’ve been off all insurance panels for many years, and offer a sliding scale on a case by case basis to highly motivated clients. My fee slides up for clients with more income/investments/real estate/collections than most of us, and down for insurance dependent and uninsured clients with very limited funds. I’ve lowered my fees about 20% – the first session is $125, and we negotiate a fee for subsequent individual sessions that will work for both of us, usually around $125. Research has found weekly Group Therapy usually equally or more effective and efficient than individual therapy. Group fee is also negotiable, usually around $60./$65. a week, paid monthly in advance by the end of the first session of the month.
Clients pay me after each individual session, and since I don’t take credit cards, you can do that only by cash or check. I can also give you the documentation/receipt you need to file for Outside of Network insurance benefits or Health Savings accounts. If you think your policy might have Outside of Network benefits, you’ll want to clarify your resources before calling me, being sure to phone [and document your call], your insurance company’s 800 # to learn 4 things:
1] Does my policy have Outside of Network Mental Health benefits? and if so 2] What’s the Deductible, 3] How much of that have I already met this year? and 4] What is the date my Deductible turns over to start again for a fiscal year?
If you’d like to know more about me though the eyes of my wife, Peggy Payne, you can visit her blog and website. If we decide to work together you’ll hear me mention her regularly. She’s a fine writer and writing consultant/coach/ teacher – The New York Times named her novel Sister India a Notable Book of the Year, translated into several languages. Her recent novel Cobalt Blue is available throughout the English-speaking world and can be ordered from your local independent bookstore and through Amazon. You can read reader reviews by hitting “Reviews” at Amazon. Please be aware Peggy’s three novels are literary fiction, which is always elegantly crafted and often about life’s challenges. Cobalt Blue is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Once you’ve explored my website, you’ll find me much more and quickly available by phone than by email. Please remember, I work only Mondays in Chapel Hill, where I don’t get mail, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Raleigh. You can reach me at (919) 215-4703. Unfortunately my incoming email and voicemail are often delayed a few hours to a few days. I look forward to chatting with you and discovering how I can help.
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