Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?
It is primarily a distinction in education, training, and practice emphases. Psychiatrists complete at least a four-year general medical degree and a four-year psychiatry residency. Psychiatrists are licensed clinicians who prescribe psychotropic medications and some may offer therapy services. Psychiatrists ordinarily do not perform psychological testing. Psychologists complete a comprehensive doctoral program in psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) followed by at least one-year of supervised practice prior to licensure. Some may hold specialized doctoral degrees (e.g., clinical, counseling, etc.). Psychologists are licensed clinicians specifically trained in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests as well as psychotherapy. Although psychologists do not prescribe medication, many Clinical Psychologists (like Dr. Reardon) have training and experience in psychopharmacology and the effects of various medications.
What is Forensic Psychology?
Forensic Psychology is recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a specialized area of practice. In essence, it is the application of the theory, knowledge, and science of psychology to address matters of law relevant to judicial, legislative, administrative, and/or educational systems. There are specialized guidelines for ethical forensic psychological practice because it differs in several important ways from more traditional psychological practice.
What does it mean to be "Board-Certified" in Forensic Psychology?
A certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) attests to the psychologist's competence to provide high quality services within a specialized area of practice, like forensic psychology. A psychologist seeking board certification in forensic psychology must have requisite training and experience, pass a comprehensive written examination, submit work samples in two distinct areas of practice, and pass a three-hour oral examination by three certified specialists. To learn more about board certification, click HERE.
What can I expect at my first therapy appointment with Dr. Reardon?
Oftentimes, the decision to seek treatment in the first place can be challenging enough. It is therefore my objective to make the actual process of getting started as smooth as possible. You should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete initial paperwork. Alternatively, you can download new patient forms, have them completed and sent to me before your first appointment. Your first session will last about 60 minutes. You can expect that I will be asking lots of questions to understand you and your expectations for therapy. Your first session is also a time for you to determine if you can be comfortable working together with me to reach your goals.
What is Dr. Reardon's approach to psychotherapy?
Although there be many ways to tackle a problem, I think people ought to get the treatments that have been shown to work. That said, applying evidenced-based practices does not at all equate to a one-size-fits-all model of treatment. It actually requires that I get to know you -- not only how you view the events and people in your world today, but also how you would prefer your life to be. It is my view that we can achieve life satisfaction when we act in accordance with our values and goals -- we get "stuck" when we attempt to control (e.g., thru avoidance, overthinking) rather than accept and work with what may get in our way (e.g., mental / physical illness, a troubled childhood, etc.). Change is indeed possible, but it will require commitment and action both inside and (mostly) outside the therapy room.
Does Dr. Reardon accept healthcare insurance?
Yes, depending on what insurance(s) you have. Your co-payments will likely depend on whether or not I am "in-network."
If am not one of your insurance company's identified providers, you may still be eligible to receive partial reimbursement. I encourage you to call your insurance provider to inquire directly.