My Oregon Clinical Psychologist license number is 1589. To check on the status of my license, go to: http://obpe.alcsoftware.com/liclookup.php.
For information about how to file a complaint with the Board of Psychology Examiners, go to http://www.oregon.gov/obpe/Pages/investigation.aspx.
Note: my National Provider Identification number is 1659685220.
Seth Bernstein, Ph.D.
ANSWER: Clients are buying my time. This includes the time I spend working with clients in person, on the phone, or by e-mail. It includes time doing research or time talking with your primary care physician or other third-parties (with your permission), if that is appropriate. It includes the time it takes for me to write progress notes, if I do not complete them during our meeting time.
ANSWER: You very well may not be able to solve all your presenting problems in 8-12 sessions. The goal of time-limited treatment is not to solve all of a client's problems. Our big problems are most often a collection of multiple smaller problems. The "end in mind" for the type of treatment I provide is to identify a small number of important and achievable goals that can be accomplished in 8-12 sessions. In the process of achieving these goals, clients will learn skills and gain confidence that will help them continue to work on additional goals on their own.
Note: If you are a couple seeking services, substitute "we" for "I" as you read and respond to the self-assessment areas below.
ANSWER: My treatment approach is designed to assist you in achieving an important, but limited set of goals within a defined period of time. When clients express a concern about ending time-limited treatment, most of the time they discover that they are more prepared to manage their own change processes than they thought. I always provide clients with the option of a follow-up appointment in two to six months.