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Winter is here and so are the winter blues

If seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a problem for you,

don't suffer in silence. We are here to help!     


Who Will You Work With

Your therapist at Riverwalk Counseling will be Aphrodite Beidler. Aphrodite believes that everyone deserves a safe space to examine their life concerns and to develop the skills they need to reconnect with their personal power.

Today's life is so full of distractions that one can easily give in to procrastination, laziness, low self-esteem, frustration, discouragement, cynicism, and hopelessness. The rates for depression, and anxiety have been rising among all ages and in most cases medication alone is not enough. 

The therapist's job is to listen without judgement and to ask directed questions that keep client focused and challenged. In therapy clients learn how to deal with overwhelming emotions and confusing thoughts, they identify obstacles, resolve inner conflicts, elicit resources, and reposition their behavior towards an overarching life purpose that imbues life with happiness.  Read Bio


We Use Evidence-Based Therapy

Each person thinks about life in their own way. You have your personal goals and the reasons why those goals are important to you. In therapy, I will ask you about your goals and we will refer to them often because we will be working on a  plan to get you there. A treatment plan is like a "map". A therapeutic modality (like CBT, ACT, DBT you will read about in the next section) will provide a "set of tools" to help you "open the road", to look for "a new road" or to create "a new road" to get you to your goals.  There are many therapeutic modalities but only a handful have been studied and proven to deliver reliable results.


To prove that any type of psychotherapy is effective, it needs to undergo rigorous scientific research. The criteria for determining evidence-based treatment rely on rigorous study and controlled clinical trials. Although therapy can be generally helpful, few modalities (also called methods or therapies) are backed by evidence for their long-lasting effectiveness.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy are all evidence-based therapies with several decades of research backing their effectiveness. They all require training and practice and I have used them with success for several years. In therapy, you may notice that we will use a combination of CBT, ACT, DBT to provide seamless personal treatment that works.

Therapeutic Modalities 


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

Emerged in the 60s and was founded by psychologist Aaron Beck. CBT is a type of psychotherapy that will help you focus on any disturbing thought patterns that have a negative effect on your emotions and teach you how to challenge and change them. When what you are thinking makes you feel stuck, or overwhelmed it is time to examine it, find any distorted thinking, and replace it with more realistic thoughts gaining clarity and feeling free and happy


Office Meeting


Online meeting

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed in the 80s by Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington. DBT was initially developed to treat patients with Borderline Personality Disorder, but it has been proven valuable for treating eating disorders, depression, or anxiety. DBT is based on 4 skill modules: 1) Mindfulness; 2) Distress Tolerance; 3) Emotion Regulation; and 4) Interpersonal Effectiveness. Your therapist will use all of them at different times. 


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) was developed in the 80s by psychologist Steven Hayes. Instead of eliminating difficult feelings, ACT aims to help the person stay present with their feelings realizing that they are not harmful but part of life experience. Acceptance breaks through old mental barriers and creates a sense of containment within the self.
When you learn to accept unpleasant feelings and not to overreact to them you will feel a lot more control over your life.

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Using Health Insurance or Private Pay  

Many clients prefer to pay privately without insurance involvement. The cost is 120 for a 50 min appointment and 180 for 90 min. Private pay clients have the opportunity to schedule lengthier appointments as needed. The fee is the same for an office visit as well as for a Telehealth visit. 

Other clients prefer to use their health insurance card. If you want to use your insurance you may have a copay for each visit. You need to make sure that you have all the information you need before your appointment. If you need help finding out your benefits we will be happy to help you with that.  


Please note that although, we are in network with most private insurance carriers we are not in network with managed or state care. 

 All insurance or private pay goes through Ami Gardiner who is an expert Billing Manager. Ami understands how insurance works and can answer questions you may have about your coverage. If you want to know more about insurance or payments click the button bellow. 

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We make every effort to respond to your message the same day. Expect to receive an email from us soon unless something unforeseen is going on. 

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