Psychotherapy Program

Dr. Ralph Raphael, director of the Maryland Center for Health Psychology, provides psychological evaluations, individual psychotherapy, and couples psychotherapy. Specialty areas include anxiety disorders, depression, career and vocational counseling, substance abuse concerns, and stress management.

Psychotherapy with Dr. Raphael begins with an initial 1 and 1/2 hour meeting. Information is gathered about the client’s immediate situation, relevant past history, and goals for therapy. The initial evaluation may also include psychological testing and questionnaires. Dr. Raphael and the client develop a treatment plan. The plan includes goals, frequency of sessions, and how the client and Dr. Raphael will work together to meet the goals.

For some clients, additional activities may be recommended. These may be self-help groups or books and articles. For clients who would benefit from medication, Dr. Raphael works closely with a prescribing physician.

Treatment philosophy

Dr. Raphael’s treatment philosophy is best characterized as a cognitive therapy approach. Cognitive therapy emphasizes a collaborative relationship between the therapist and client. The goal is to help the client understand the link between experiences, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. By identifying automatic thoughts, perspectives, and beliefs that influence reactions to events, the client can begin employing alternatives for understanding and reacting to situations.

Confidentiality

All consultations, evaluations, and treatments are confidential. No information is released without a patient’s specific written consent. Confidentiality is the cornerstone of effective treatment and is protected by Federal law.

Fees

Dr. Raphael serves as an out-of-network provider for most health insurance plans.

Dr. Raphael can answer questions regarding fees, insurance concerns, or other matters related to psychotherapy.

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