What can I expect from my first session?

Our first meeting will largely be concerned with understanding what you want from therapy! It will be our opportunity to become acquainted, understand your reasons for seeking services, and allow you to get a sense of what we can offer. If what we offer is a good fit for you, great! We will begin to outline our work together for future sessions. If we are not what you are looking for, or your goals are beyond the scope of our specialties, we will gladly recommend other professionals better suited to help you reach your goals.

  How long will this RISE (revolution/innovation/solution/evolution) take?

You are probably tired of hearing “it depends,” but, well, it depends! Some individuals need only a few sessions to reach desired objectives, for others a few months, and still others, the course of a few years. Not to worry, this is not a secret or something we know and won’t tell you. We will routinely check in, evaluate, and re-evaluate your therapy goals, progress, and satisfaction with our meetings. As you have probably realized by now, we are committed to your reasons for seeking services with PhoenixRISE and will endeavor to stay the course until we reach your goals.

  What is the difference between your training and a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, an LPC, an LCSW, or an LMFT?

Well, first let’s shed some light on these acronyms! LPC = Licensed Professional Counselor, LCSW = Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LMFT = Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Wait… and what does all that mean? In essence, we can start by simply noting that there are two primary categories – licensed and unlicensed individuals.

Licensed professionals are licensed by the state of Colorado through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Essentially, licensure indicates that your therapist has completed a set of standards (exams, supervised hours of work, specific academic degrees) to the satisfaction of DORA. Registered psychotherapists are not licensed or certified by the state, and no degree, training or experience is required.

Beyond licensure, the academic and clinical training of therapists varies. LPCs, LCSWs, and LMFTs have obtained a Master’s (M.A.) level degree education in one of many mental health related fields such as psychology and social work (SW). Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MD) with specialized training in mental health related issues. Most frequently, psychiatrists are primarily involved with the prescription of psychotropic (mental health related) medications. However, some of these professionals also engage in some degree of psychotherapy with their clients… it depends!

Psychologists are doctoral (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) level degreed individuals who are licensed. The term “psychologist” is a licensed term and may not be used by those who are not licensed through the state of Colorado. “Psychotherapist” is a broad term for an individual engaged in providing counseling or therapy services.

  Are you still with us?

We are psychologists. Psychologists are doctoral (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) level degreed individuals who are licensed. The term “psychologist” is a licensed term and may not be used by those who are not licensed through the state of Colorado. “Psychotherapist” is a broad term for an individual engaged in providing counseling or therapy services.

  How much does therapy cost?

PhoenixRISE is dedicated to accessibility for the community. As such, we do not work as an “in-network” provider for any insurance company. This might seem odd in light of being “accessible.” Allow us to explain… Our primary focus in our work with clients is satisfaction with our services, not being experts at submitting insurance claims. We will provide you with necessary information and succinct billing statements such that you can submit claims to your insurance company for “out of network” reimbursement if you are so eligible. Therapy sessions of 45 minutes are billed at a rate of $130-$145/hour depending on which provider you see. You will find that this fee is slightly lower than the average “going rate” for other psychologists or doctoral level practitioners in the Denver metro area. Additionally, we offer a sliding scale fee structure to some clients based on financial need. Assessment fees vary according to the type of evaluation conducted so please inquire.

  Why are you qualified to help someone?

Dr. Burgamy: “Endeavoring to become a psychologist is not something I have taken lightly. I believe in the power of psychotherapy to create and sustain lasting change – change that brings you closer to your own goals, values and sense of life fulfillment. The promise of such change and movement toward a better life is a central reason I have been involved in the behavioral wellness and mental health field for over ten years.

Many people ask what motivated me to want to dedicate my professional life to helping other people make significant changes in their lives, cope with grief and loss, relationship stress, depression, anxiety, life transitions, identity conflicts, health concerns, and struggles with the challenges life can bring. To some, this seems an odd job – to want to focus time and effort on the very things that make so many people unhappy. I consider nothing to be more powerful, more fulfilling and worthwhile than being actively involved in another’s personal evolution.”

  What makes you an expert?

Dr. Burgamy: “Expertise to do the work of helping others is not something only acquired through standard instruction. Not to be misunderstood, ongoing in-depth training and dedicated study are central to engaging in competent practice. This is the express reason I committed myself to acquiring a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. It was especially important to me that, in the work I do, I have the highest caliber training to offer my clients. However, returning to my earlier point, training alone is not always enough to be effective in such important work. In addition to my educational pursuits, I stay active in the Colorado psychology community as a Board Member of the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA), the former Chair and ongoing member of the Society for the Advancement of Multiculturalism and Diversity (SAMD), a division of CPA, and a guest speaker, trainer and consultant on diversity concerns across the metro area. I maintain an active approach to professional development – in other words, I hold that there is no such thing as ever being “done” obtaining expertise and proficiency in something so complex as helping people build meaningful lives.”

  How do you approach clients in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer communities?

No “one size fits all” method of therapy or counseling exists or should exist. People are dynamic. Especially important to us, and this practice, is competent and valued work with individuals who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender queer/variant, and questioning.

Dr. Burgamy: “As a self-identified lesbian, I am committed to quality work within my own community. As a native of Colorado, I have a uniquely extensive understanding of our local community, concerns, politics, and challenges.”

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