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Frequently Asked Questions


What makes BHI different from other psychology practices?

BHI is a comprehensive private group psychology practice with a reputation that is second to none. There are several things that set BHI apart from other practices and make it THE place to come for help.

Reliability: BHI has been providing psychological services in Broward County since 1985. We have been here for you and will be here for you when you need us.

Trust: BHI has worked diligently to establish a reputation for excellence, quality service, and integrity. Our valued referrals come not only from physicians, attorneys and other professionals but also from patients and their families who have benefited from our services. This includes second and third generations referred by their families.

Expertise: Our professional staff is a team of highly trained, and experienced licensed clinicians.

Comprehensiveness: The group of clinicians at BHI work with all ages (from preschool to elderly) and virtually all types of clinical problems. We can match patients’ needs with clinicians whose expertise is in that area.

Collaboration: With your consent, our clinicians will work collaboratively with other professionals who are involved with your care.

Professionalism: When you phone our office during regular business hours, your call will be answered by one of our trained administrative staff.

Customer Service: Our office policies and fees will be discussed prior to your first visit. If you choose to use your insurance benefits, we will contact the company to verify your coverage, and file the claims on your behalf.

Convenience: Early morning, evening and lunchtime appointments are also available to fit with your schedule.



What is the difference between a psychologist, psychiatrist, and a counselor or therapist?

These practitioners are all considered to be mental health professionals; the major differences are in their type of education, training, and what their license allows them to do. Regardless of which mental health professionals you see, we believe it is imperative that they are licensed.

A Psychologist has earned a doctoral degree, either a Ph. D. or a Psy D. in psychology. This training requires a minimum of 4 years of graduate school, and 1 year of internship. A minimum of 1 year of additional supervised experience plus passing national and state exams is required to obtain a license to practice in Florida. Some psychologists may also do a fellowship in a specialty area for additional training. Psychologists are licensed to practice psychotherapy, other forms of counseling and to conduct psychological testing. Psychologists are the evaluation experts.

A psychiatrist is a physician (M.D. or D.O.) who has graduated from medical school, and completed a 3 – 4 year residency in psychiatry. Most psychiatrists do not practice psychotherapy. Most evaluate to determine if medication is appropriate in the treatment of emotional and mental disorders. They then prescribe and monitor the use of these medications.

Master’s Level Mental Health Professionals can be either social workers, mental health counselors, or marriage and family therapists. In each case they have earned a master’s degree in their field that usually requires 2 years of graduate study. Additional supervised experience is required for licensure, and this license allows them to conduct counseling and therapy.

Please note -- The term, “therapist”, is often used to refer to any person who provides therapy. It is not a “licensed” term. We strongly recommend that anyone engaging in therapy, do so only with professionals who are licensed in Florida to provide this service.



I’ve never been to see a psychologist before. What should I expect?

People often struggle with an issue or concern for some time before calling for an appointment. Often there is a “final straw” that motivates someone to seek professional help. The fact that you have taken this difficult step shows your inner strength and desire to overcome the obstacles that are preventing you from leading a healthier or more balanced life.

When you come to the BHI office, you can expect to be treated with respect and sensitivity.

We ask that you arrive early for your first appointment to ensure that you can complete initial paperwork prior to the time reserved for you.

At your first meeting, your clinician will help you feel comfortable talking about your concerns. Time will be taken to understand your unique situation, as well as the relevant background. Some people come in with a specific focus, while others may have problems that are more general or have troubled them for a long time. Whatever the situation, your clinician will work with you to understand the possible causes of the problem and create a plan to meet your goals. At BHI our objective is always to help you arrive at sensitive solutions to your real world problems.



How can psychological testing help?

Psychological testing may take many different forms based on the purpose of the required evaluation. There may be diagnostic questions to answer in order to formulate appropriate treatment plans. In other cases evaluations may be required prior to performing certain medical procedures. The particular psychological tests administered will be reliable and valid measures appropriate for that particular type of evaluation.

Psychologists are the only licensed professionals trained to administer and interpret psychological tests. These tests are used along with interview, history and observation as part of a comprehensive evaluation. The results often lead to a more complete understanding of the individual and can assist in the decision-making process.



My doctor says I have depression and referred me for cognitive-behavioral therapy. What is that?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based upon the model that our emotions and behaviors are a result of the types of thoughts we are having. People are taught to become more aware of their thoughts and they learn specific skills to change their patterns of thinking that are leading to negative or unhealthy behaviors. Homework is often assigned to practice new skills, and enable the patient to learn more adaptive and effective ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

Numerous studies support the effectiveness of CBT for the treatment of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, eating disorders, and many other problems.

Depending upon the nature of the problems presented, our clinicians may recommend a specific treatment approach, such as CBT. However, a more integrative approach, which can combine techniques of different types of therapy, is often used to take advantage of what different approaches have to offer. Please contact us at 954-340-0888 to learn more.