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FAQ

Is the Center for Cognitive Wellness accepting new clients?

As of April 1, 2022, Elizabeth is not taking on new clients. This may change if availability should open up and if so, this will be updated here and on all social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram).

What can I hope to gain from therapy?

Within therapy, individuals can expect to gain heightened insight into their challenges, increased knowledge of coping skills, and a greater sense of control over their life.

Do you offer in-person or virtual therapy sessions?

At this time, we are only offering virtual appointments. Elizabeth meets with clients for video therapy appointments through a HIPAA-compliant portal. We have found that our clients find this option very convenient overall and easy to utilize. We are not offering in-person sessions at this time.

What is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a type of therapy that is based on the “cognitive model.” CBT emphasizes that the way individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the actual situation itself. The focus is on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This therapy is structured, goal-oriented, present-focused, and assists clients in learning skills to change their thinking and behavior.

For more information, please click here to see the Beck Institute’s description.

What is solution-focused therapy?

This type of therapy is goal-directed and can often be more brief than other types of therapies. This therapy involves looking for exceptions, focusing on solutions rather than problems, asking coping questions, and using positive affirmations.

What is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)?

An LCSW in the state of Florida is a mental health provider capable of providing individual counseling, group counseling, mental health diagnoses, case management, and many other services. Additionally, a Florida LCSW is someone that has met the following requirements: a master’s degree (MSW) from a CSWE-accredited school of social work, completion of a supervised field placement during their graduate degree, 1500 hours of face-to-face psychotherapy with clients post-MSW, 100 hours of supervision post-MSW in no less than 100 weeks, passing of their ASWB board exam, and additional continuing education coursework in HIV, domestic violence, and Florida laws/rules

For more information, please click here to see the board’s description.

What’s the difference between an LCSW, psychologist, and/or psychiatrist? Do they all do the same thing?

Although these fields often intertwine, they are not the same. All are able to provide therapy services and diagnose mental illness, however they differ in regards to education, perspectives, and legal privileges. One notable difference is that psychiatrists are medical doctors and can prescribe medications whereas as the other two fields cannot. For example, a social worker might provide therapy and a diagnosis for a client but they would refer out to a psychiatrist for medication. They could also refer out to a psychologist for extensive cognitive testing.

For more information, please see the various board descriptions:

Does the Center for Cognitive Wellness provide medication management?

No, Elizabeth does not provide medication management services.

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