FAQs -Frequently Asked Questions-

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  1. What type of practice is NVCBT?
  2. How does this type of practice philosophy affect me as a patient?
  3. What is the wait time for getting an appointment?
  4. Do you offer emergency or same day appointments?
  5. What kinds of Psychological problems does the staff at NVCBT specialize in?
  6. Do you have a Psychiatrist or other MD on staff?
  7. Do you accept insurance?
  8. Why don’t you accept insurance?
  9. How long does treatment usually take?
  10. How long are sessions?
  11. How often do scheduled appointments actually begin on time?
  12. What is your cancellation policy?
  13. What is CBT?
  14. What is Dr. Anderson’s background?

 

Answers

  1. What type of practice is NVCBT?

    The professionals of NVCBT pride themselves on the delivery of excellent and personalized care. We have modeled ourselves after the “executive healthcare” or “concierge” medical models that are growing in popularity. In these types of private practices, fewer patients are seen so that the current patient has the time he or she needs. As a result, we are able to deliver a much higher quality of care.

  2. How does this type of practice philosophy affect me as a patient?

    Many patients report being frustrated in their attempts to seek psychological care. Here at NVCBT, we are dedicated to offering the best care to aid you in your road to recovery.

  3. What is the wait time for getting an appointment?

    Typically patients can be seen within one week of their initial contact with NVCBT. Often, patients can be seen within one or two days.

  4. Do you offer emergency or same day appointments?

    Yes we do. Most often same-day appointments can be accommodated, but not always. However, there is an additional surcharge for all same-day appointments.

  5. What kinds of Psychological problems does the staff at NVCBT specialize in?

    Our practice focuses mainly on Anxiety and Mood Disorders. Specifically, we treat Panic Attacks, Health Anxiety, Depression, Dysthymia (Chronic Depression), OCD, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Social Anxiety and Shyness, Anger, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

  6. Do you have a Psychiatrist or other MD on staff?

    While our staff is extremely knowledgeable about medications, we only provide Cognitive-Behavioral interventions and cannot prescribe medications. About 65% of our patients take medications, and we can refer you to a Psychiatrist if you should need one.

  7. Do you accept insurance?

    The NVCBT staff is not on any insurance plans. However, almost all insurance plans have an “out of network” benefit that will reimburse you some portion of the cost for sessions. In our experience, most patients receive between 30%-80% reimbursement for our services. Our staff will fill out any necessary paperwork for you, and will submit claims on your behalf to the insurance company. All money that the insurance pays will go directly to you.

  8. Why don’t you accept insurance?

    There are several reasons we do not belong to insurance companies. The two reasons that are most important to patients involve therapeutic efficacy and privacy. Many insurance companies will only pay for the therapeutic interventions they deem effective. However, many times the type of intervention they pay for is not supported by the scientific literature. Secondly, while confidentiality is guaranteed for all of your sessions at NVCBT (with certain exceptions), once diagnostic and treatment information is released to insurance companies, privacy can no longer be assured. For these important reasons, we have decided to not work directly with insurance companies.

  9. How long does treatment usually take?

    NVCBT patients fall into two groups: The vast majority of our patients (85%-90%) are short-term cases. The other 10%-15% are longer-term psychotherapy cases. On average, our short-term patients need only about 8 sessions before they are ready to decrease the frequency of visits. However, your personal experience will vary depending on the specific problem you are dealing with, and the length of time you have had the problem. Our longer-term patients remain in therapy until they decide it is appropriate to decrease the session frequency.

  10. How long are sessions?

    Sessions are guaranteed to be at least 45 minutes, but often last 60 minutes. The policy at NVCBT is to spend the time necessary with each patient, and not discontinue a therapy session simply due to strict time considerations.

  11. How often do scheduled appointments actually begin on time?

    We understand that your time is valuable, and agree that long waits for scheduled appointments are unacceptable. Over 95% of our appointments begin within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. Furthermore, it is the policy of NVCBT that if your appointment ever begins late by 30 minutes or more, the session is free. If you need to reschedule due to our lateness of 30 minutes or more, the next session you are seen is free.

  12. What is your cancellation policy?

    Due to the high demand for our services, we require 48 hours notice if you need to cancel an appointment. However, we understand that there are events in everyone’s lives that might not give you a chance to give us 48 hours notice. For this reason, each patient is allowed to miss one appointment without 48 hours notice without penalty. After that, if you fail to give us 48 hours notice, you will be charged the full fee for the missed session.

  13. What is CBT?

    CBT stands for Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. CBT is considered the treatment of choice for anxiety disorders and for depression, because it has a very large amount of research evidence showing it benefits the most patients suffering from these disorders. CBT is very different from traditional talk therapy that many people are familiar with. CBT tends to be a skill-based therapy in that it teaches people new ways to live their lives and new ways to address depression and anxiety. It is very interactive, and between-session homework assignments are given to help patients solidify gains.

  14. What is Dr. Anderson’s background?

    He graduated with a dual PhD in both Clinical and School Psychology.
    Worked in an internationally known specialty clinic in New York treating only Anxiety Disorders for 3.5 years.
    Served as the Associate Director of Psychiatry Residency Training at a Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
    Was the only Psychologist in the US to hold this position, which he held for 3 years.
    Received an academic appointment to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
    Worked on an Inpatient Unit in St. Barnabas hospital in New York, running the inpatient Psychological Treatment Program for 2.5 years.
    Served as the Director of Psychological Externships and Internships for about 5 years.
    Taught college-level Psychology courses at Hofstra University for 4 years.
    Taught graduate-level Psychology courses at Fordham University for 6 years.
    Has published several research articles in peer-reviewed journals.
    Has coordinated several FDA-approved medication-trial research studies.
    Founded the Center for Anxiety Disorders in New York.
    Founded the Nevada Center for Behavior Therapy in Las Vegas.