Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I work with Daniel Baughn, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist?
I am an expert in human behavior who can apply the science and practice of Clinical Health Psychology to your specific situation. My goal is to work with you. I ask about your concerns, listen to your needs, and collaborate with you to design an evidence based treatment plan that fits you. Although there are many types of mental health professionals, my advanced doctoral training, specialized post-doctoral fellowship training, and unique expertise with clients living with medical conditions are exclusive skills that directly benefit our work together.
Where is your office located?
My office is centrally located near I-275 & Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, FL for quick access to Downtown and the Greater Tampa Bay area.
Am I ready for psychotherapy?
This is a great question that I ask every client. It takes courage to start psychotherapy so the first step is to simply start. Second, psychotherapy is an active collaboration that involves you completing tasks between sessions. Only one out of the 168 total hours of your week is focused on psychotherapy; that is less than 1% of your entire week! One of the primary benefits of psychotherapy is dependent on you proactively taking what we work on in session and applying these insights to your life outside of treatment. You will learn how to notice the thoughts, moods, behaviors, physical reactions and environment factors that influence you. You will learn how to distinguish between situations you can change and those you can’t change. Behavior change and personal growth can feel uncomfortable at times, which is why we work together to help ensure your success.
For additional information about psychotherapy, check out this APA Psychology Help Center article on “Understanding psychotherapy and how it works” at: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-psychotherapy.aspx
What should I expect during our initial 20 minute phone consultation?
I will ask you to share a little bit about what is brining you in for psychotherapy and what you would like to focus on so that I can make sure that I am able to meet your needs. We will also spend time answering your questions so that you can feel comfortable working together.
I will ask you follow-up questions and if I feel that I can be of help to you then we will discuss scheduling, fees, policies, office directions, etc.
If I am not the right fit or if there are other logistical barriers to working together, then I will offer you a referral to another Licensed Psychologist in the area.
What should I expect during our first session?
Our first 1-3 sessions will focus on understanding you, your values, your strengths, your areas of growth, and to instill a new sense of hope. It’s completely normal to feel a little uneasy in the first few sessions of psychotherapy. We will also review a few logistical items such as fees (payment is due in full at the beginning of each session), how to make or cancel an appointment, and confidentiality. Next, we will collaboratively develop a plan to help you get unstuck and to move forward in life.
How often do I need to see you?
Generally speaking, most sessions are scheduled once per week. However, we may mutually agree to schedule sessions every two, four, or six weeks based on your treatment needs.
Why don’t you take insurance?
Although insurance may offset the cost of treatment, many clients are unaware that your insurance company may dictate certain aspects of your treatment. Your insurance company may tell you what doctors you can see, the number of sessions you can receive, where you can receive treatment, the cost of your treatment, and when your treatment should end. In addition, your sensitive personal information such as diagnosis and length of treatment becomes known to the insurance company. Your insurance company may share your personal information with other businesses. In my experience, treatment works best when you and I collaborate together to develop a treatment plan, regularly check in and discuss your progress with treatment, and focus on getting your life moving forward.