I offer individual psychotherapy (ages 16 and up) addressing a variety of issues. I particularly enjoy helping people overcome:
My services also include, but are not limited to:
I do not offer services in the following areas:
If your concern does not seem to fit anything listed above, please call me for a free 15-minute consultation at 410-5-EVANS-5 (410-538-2675). After our discussion, I will let you know if your concern is something we can work on together. I have a clear sense of what I think I can help with and what I can't. If I'm not a good fit, I will tell you so and help you find someone who is. I will not see you unless I think I can help you. I don't want to waste your time or money, which is why I think it's important for us to have a free phone call to determine whether it's best for me to be your psychologist.
There are many styles of therapy which have been proven to work. I utilize a variety of therapeutic styles, using those that best fit you and the reasons you are coming to see me, with an emphasis on cognitive and mindfulness techniques. One of the most important common denominators in effective therapy is the working relationship we develop, and my goal is to establish a warm, collaborative, trusting relationship with you in which you feel understood and accepted. My style is straightforward and practical. Although the practice of psychology requires doctoral training and is based in science, I am 'myself' when working with clients and I dislike fancy jargon or pretentiousness. I love to use a healthy dose of humor in my work.
The techniques I use have been shown through research to alleviate a wide variety of psychological difficulties. Besides our working relationship, an essential element of therapy will be to help you figure out how the way you think about things is affecting your emotional state and to make changes in your perspective which help you deal with difficult situations and people, reduce negative feeling states, and promote resilience, flexibility, and happiness. It is also very important to me to identify your strengths and capitalize on them.
We will often discuss things you can do outside of the therapy session to reach your goals. This 'homework' is an essential part of effective therapy and will require your active participation. You will get the most out of psychotherapy if you put a lot into it.
It's best not to think of psychotherapy as having a doctor fix what's wrong with you. Human experience is too complicated for me to imagine I know precisely what the right thing is for you to do and tell you exactly how to do it. Rather, consider me to be a coach who will assist you, guide you, and cheer you on as you work toward breaking free of old patterns and moving forward to achieve a greater sense of well-being and satisfaction with your life.
If you'd like to do some more reading about psychotherapy, a good resource is the American Psychological Association's "Understanding Psychotherapy and How it Works."
When you call me, please leave a message with your name, a contact number, and the best times to call you. I will call you back and set up a free 15-minute phone consultation to learn about you and the reasons you are considering coming to see me and to determine if I have the expertise to help you with your specific concerns. If I believe I can be of help to you and you agree we might be a good fit, we will then schedule an initial evaluation at my office. If not, I will be happy to make a referral to a different provider.
In your initial evaluation, I will gather information about your current difficulties, history, and goals. After gathering this information, if we both agree that working together is appropriate, I will suggest a plan for therapy, answer any questions you have, and go over the necessary paperwork and policies with you. We will also discuss the frequency and length of therapy at this initial evaluation and set up an appointment to begin.
Before you arrive for our initial meeting, you will complete some paperwork. You can learn more about that on the Forms page of this website.
I am no longer an in-network provider on any insurance plans. I use a fee-for-service model that asks you to provide full payment at the time of service. However, I do not want cost to stand in the way of you seeking help.
Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get reimbursement for my services as an out-of-network provider. You should contact your insurance provider to determine if you have that benefit. If you need help with this, I will be happy to call the insurance company for you to help you determine exactly what benefits you have. If you do have out-of-network benefits, I will provide you with an itemized statement, also known as a “superbill,” with all the required information for you to file a request for reimbursement with your insurance company. Your insurance company will have a form, usually available on their website, that you will submit along with the superbill. I will help you with this process if need be.
The fee-for-service model has many advantages and I would like to explain why I am no longer an in-network insurance provider. In order for you to use your insurance, companies require proof of 'medical necessity.’ This means that in order to receive reimbursement, your provider has to justify to an insurance company that you have a mental health diagnosis and that it is severe enough to significantly impair your functioning in areas such as work, school, relationships or other important areas of your life. Many, if not most, people who could benefit from psychotherapy do not fit this definition. To benefit from psychotherapy, you do not need to be so sick that your functioning is impaired in a significant way. Psychotherapy can provide great benefit to high functioning, successful people who are simply having a hard time right now, need a caring, neutral third party to discuss their thoughts and feelings, or want to consult a professional about life changes and transitions. However, many of these kinds of issues do not qualify for reimbursement by the insurance companies’ definitions.
In addition, the insurance company can gather deeply personal information about you and your circumstances which will be a part of your permanent records and which you might rather remain private. Using a fee-for-service model, health and life insurance companies and prospective employers do not have access to records of our work together. These records could be used to establish a pre-existing condition to deny you benefits or certain sensitive jobs. The insurance company can also dictate the kind of services and length of services that takes some degree of our work together out of your hands and mine. I feel strongly about fiercely maintaining my clients' privacy and working with insurance companies does not allow for this.
My fees for therapy are $145 per 45-50 minute session, and the initial 60-75 minute evaluation is $195. I have a limited number of slots available for 'sliding scale' clients to pay less per session based upon need. When we have our phone consultation, I can tell you whether any sliding scale slots are available and we can discuss payment further. Many of my clients do not need to be seen weekly, which further reduces the monthly cost. It is a priority for me to respect your time and money and to make therapy last only as long as is necessary and beneficial to you. When you engage my services, my goal is for you to know that I am "all-in" with you on helping you move toward your goals. I've been doing psychotherapy for 25 years, and it is my passion and life's work. Although of necessity I must charge for my time, I live for the privilege of helping others and I look forward to discovering whether I might be able to help you.
Due to COVID-19, at the present time I am conducting all sessions via a telehealth platform. I use a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform that works on any smartphone, tablet, or computer. I will give you more information about this when we talk.
I grew up in Fort Worth, TX, and have lived here in Maryland for 14 years. I did my undergraduate work at Texas Christian University and can be found in front of the television anytime my beloved Horned Frogs are playing football. Music is an important part of my life. I paid my way through college teaching lessons and playing trumpet and piano around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and I continue to occasionally play both in private and in public. My favorite music to play and listen to is jazz, and I have a special love for the music of Miles Davis.
I have children ranging in age from high school to adulthood, and although parenting isn't for the faint of heart, I wouldn't trade it for all the world. I also enjoy constructing crossword puzzles, cooking, hiking in the mountains, visiting the beach, and sitting on my front porch on a cool evening chatting with my wife or reading a good book.
I love my job. I am privileged to do the work I do with clients. For me, there is no better life's work than helping others discover meaning and happiness and let go of old and unhelpful patterns. I look forward to the opportunity to help you if your needs and my services are a good fit.