Practical Practice

June 3rd, 2024

Practical Practice: What is your favorite client resource?

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

It is impossible to keep up with the wide array of potential patient resource material, given the breadth of the mental health field. In the digital age, it is not feasible to...

March 30th, 2024

I’m dead, now what?

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

This provocative title caught my eye at the local bookstore several years ago. It is a practical workbook that functions as both an organizer and end-of-life planner. My...

March 1st, 2024

Make me an offer: How third-party negotiators suppress out of network claims

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

As sensational as this title may sound, in August of 2023, AdventHealth brought an antitrust lawsuit against MultiPlan, Inc. a third-party business that negotiates out of...

February 3rd, 2024

Marketing to the public versus peers

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

When I began my career, in the early 1990s, word of mouth, recommendations from health providers and insurance provider directories were the primary methods I used to find a...

January 5th, 2024

The overscheduled practitioner

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

“People don’t change.” This was relayed to me within my first week on the job by a psychologist, 30 years older than myself. As a researcher, he had some basis for this...

December 4th, 2023

What can therapists learn from older adult clients?

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

Most mornings, I drink from a coffee cup featuring an owl, given to me by a client nearly 15 years ago. She was in her 80s and in failing health. Her death occurred after I...

November 10th, 2023

Should I accept this referral?

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

Not long ago, I received a call from a woman requesting an intake appointment. I don’t use a scheduler and prefer to pre-screen clients myself. She was unclear about her...

September 30th, 2023

The pros and cons of accepting health insurance

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

Solo practitioners face challenges

Have you considered joining or leaving an insurance panel? More than one out of four psychologists are self-employed and nearly half...

August 6th, 2023

Practical Practice: How will Artificial Intelligence disrupt the therapy industry?

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

I’m a late adopter of technology. I had a flip phone for an embarrassingly long time, resisted Facebook and kept a paper calendar well into the digital age. Despite this,...

July 1st, 2023

What is happening to patient privacy?

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D

Recently, I realized that my medical records are available through not one, but three health information exchanges (HIEs), CTHealthlink, CONNIE and CareEverywhere.

I...

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