Abigail Blackburn PsyD
617 . 686 . 2420
For adults and teens in Newton, Boston, Needham, Middlesex, Norfolk
and Suffolk Counties
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you provide consultation for therapists?
Yes, psychotherapists, clinical social workers, and psychologists across the country frequently consult me about a variety of clinical and professional issues -- especially on ethical dilemmas in private practice, differential diagnosis, working with teens, trauma and eating disorders. I charge $100 per hour for professional consultations.
Do you take insurance? What is your fee?
I accept all forms of Blue Cross Blue Shield and personal checks. I charge $250 for the initial appointment, and $190 per session thereafter.
Are you LGBT Friendly?
Yes, I believe that everyone has the right to a happy life and loving relationships. I have worked with many gay and lesbian clients in my practice.
How do I know it is time to go to therapy?
This is a hard question to answer as the experience differs for everyone. Generally speaking, if you are finding that your particular problem is getting in the way of managing the responsibilities of work, school or social life, it is probably time to get help.
Can you help me with this problem?
People often feel their "problem" is too big to manage and can assume it will be overwhelming for a therapist as well. Discussing the nature of your concerns, exploring options for feeling better and learning more about my professional background usually addresses this common question.
How long will I be in therapy?
Length of therapy differs for everyone. Sometimes it takes a long time for a person to develop a sense of trust and this must be established first before the actual issues can be worked on. Some clients also remain in therapy after their presenting problems have been solved, to develop self awareness and deeper insights into their inner lives.
How often will I need to come?
I recommend new clients come once a week so that we can get to know one another and work on problems actively. Once treatment goals have been met, it is common to cut back to every other week for "maintenance" before choosing a date to end therapy altogether.Some people will present with very intense and painful symptoms which need more time to bring under control. In these instances, I will suggest meeting more frequently until issues subside.
Will I become dependent on therapy?
The moment you enter the door we are beginning the work of helping you leave. Good therapy involves providing the support and assistance a client needs in order to build coping skills which ensure independent and healthier functioning.