"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind"
WHAT IS WELLNESS?
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. "...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
My name is Abby. I was born and raised in Iowa City, IA. I completed my bachelors degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and then, moved to Boston for graduate school where I fell in love with New England. I moved with my family to NH in 2007 and now consider this my home. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and hold a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. I provide psychotherapy services for motivated adolescents and adults facing a variety of struggles including depression, anxiety, grief, symptoms associated with trauma and difficulty adjusting to life’s transitions. I hope to empower YOU to solve real-life problems that hinder you from living the life you want.
A BIT ABOUT THERAPY
Personalized Attention for All Your Needs
I implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among patients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the client and therapist alike. But in the end, making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.
Therapy can be hard, maybe the hardest thing you ever do. It's vital that you feel comfortable with your therapist and that we both agree that the interventions provided will be a good fit to help you on this journey.
Call today to set up a free, no obligation phone consultation!
I continue to offer telehealth services to all client's receiving services in the States of New Hampshire and Maine.
I am a certified Tele-Mental Health Provider and am comfortable providing a variety of services, including EMDR, via my secure on-line connection. Telehealth is a great way for individuals who live in rural areas of NH or ME and/or are otherwise unable to come into the office for face to face appointments to access necessary supports and services. All you need is an internet connection that is capable of streaming videos and a device with a camera (your smart phone is sufficient). Telehealth services are covered by insurance in the exact same way as if you were seen in the office. It is important for client's to understand that they have to be located in the State of New Hampshire for the entirety of their session due to current licensing laws. Your location information will be requested at the beginning of each session to ensure compliance. If you are hesitant, I encourage your to give it a try to see the many advantages it offers.
I accept the insurance plans listed below and will bill your insurance directly, saving you the hassle. If you have a deductible that has not been met, copayment or coinsurance, payment is due at the time of services. Cash or check are preferred payment methods but I can also accept credit cards, HSA and FSA payments. It is your responsibility to know your insurance benefits prior to the first appointment. It is important to understand your benefits to ensure services are covered. Some insurance companies require prior authorization before services can commence and/or authorizations for continued care.
Harvard Pilgrim (Optum)
UnitedHealth Care (Optum)
AllWays Health Partners
This list is subject to change.
Private pay services are available to anyone who does not have insurance or to those who prefer to not use their insurance benefits for any reason. Private pay fees are due at the time of service. Preferred forms of payment are cash or check, but most major credit cards are also accepted. My current rates are as follows:
Initial intake appointment, 55 minutes = $200
Follow up appointments are 55 minutes and are billed at $175
I am not currently offering any sliding fees or discounted services.
OUT OF NETWORK
If your insurance plan does not specifically offer mental health benefits, you may have access to Out of Network Benefits to access these services. Click here to find out more about how you can access and benefit from your Out of Network Benefits.
SERVICES I OFFER
A Happier, Healthier You
In therapy, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. I’m confident you’ll find my personalized private counseling beneficial and inspirational. Get in touch to book an appointment.
Getting Past Your Past
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidenced based form therapeutic intervention that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. It has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. You will find it to be a powerful and transformative process with many people reporting that their symptoms are greatly reduced in only a few sessions! I am certified through EMDRIA completing level 1 and 2 as well as annual continuing education to support my ability to meet my patient's unique needs.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Adapted for Private Practice
Dialectical behavior therapy or DBT is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people the insights and skills to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. I have adapted this curriculum based treatment for use with individuals and incorporate DBT concepts and skills into nearly every session.
Please contact me with your full name, phone number, email, insurance company, approximate availability and a very brief description of what you are hoping to accomplish in treatment to be considered for treatment. Please know that I do need the above information to assess if my practice and the services that I provide are in net-work and a good fit for your current needs.
Monday and Wednesday 9am- 4pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 am - 1:00pm
*Please note that I am not open on Fridays and do not offer evening or weekend appointments.*
Although I do my best to respond quickly, I do not provide emergency services. If you feel like you are in need of help right now, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or Community Partners Emergency Services at 603-516-9300.
835 Central Avenue, suite 126, Dover NH 03820
Phone: (603) 652-1091 (text preferred)
Fax: (603) 255-4710