Welcome To Change
You may be considering mental health treatment because you hope for change. Change in your relationships, change in your feelings, change in your thoughts, change in your behaviors, change in your choices, change in how you view yourself and the world around you. At its core, psychotherapy is about helping you make these changes.
It is often difficult to take the first step to begin psychotherapy. The process may be unfamiliar to you, you may have many questions, you may have had a bad experience with therapy in the past, or you are unsure of the best path to take. To try to address these issues, I offer a complimentary consultation session, so you can talk with me, learn more about the therapy process, and decide what choice is most helpful to you. My priority is helping you get the assistance you need whether it is from me or another provider.
Services I Offer
Throughout my 15+ years as a clinical psychologist, I have worked to support my clients, done my very best to understand them, and helped them clarify what it is that they want for themselves. Additionally, through my past work as a university professor and clinic outreach coordinator, I have offered learning experiences to varied audiences on a number of psychological topics. Contact me for more information on any of the services listed below.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
CBT-I usually involves 4-6 sessions during which we work to change your sleep habits and misconceptions about sleep and insomnia. CBT-I addresses insomnia without the use of sleep medication and is recommended by the American College of Physicians as the initial treatment for chronic insomnia. See the Resources section for more information on insomnia and CBT-I.
The psychotherapy process varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and patient, and the particular issues you hope to address. There are many different therapeutic methods I may use to deal with those issues, including forms of psychodynamic psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness and other mind-body strategies. I often integrate aspects from different approaches/treatments depending upon the client, their needs, and their goals.
If your organization or group is interested in learning more about a psychological topic, I will create a presentation or workshop tailored to your needs. I have experience presenting on numerous topics including sleep issues, anxiety, handling disappointment, stress, resilience, mental illness, mindfulness, and positive parenting, among many others.
"We talk to ourselves more than we’ll talk to any other person over the course of our lives, but our words aren’t always kind or true or helpful – or even respectful. Most of what we say to ourselves we’d never say to people we love or care about.
In therapy, we learn to pay close attention to those voices in our heads so that we can learn a better way to communicate with ourselves.”
- Lori Gottleib
What to Expect
When we first make contact by phone, we will discuss briefly (~5-10 minutes) the reason you are seeking therapy, symptoms you are experiencing, and your goals for treatment. To determine if you'd like to pursue working with me, we can schedule a 20-30-minute phone consultation session that is free of charge.
After this consultation call, if we agree that continuing treatment would be helpful to you and we are a good fit to work together, I will ask you to complete my practice forms via my patient portal and we will schedule a diagnostic intake evaluation session. During the intake session, we will go over the therapy agreement and health disclosure forms, discuss your current functioning, difficulties, and treatment goals in more detail, and review your personal and family history.
After learning more about you and what brings you to therapy, we will discuss a plan for treatment to address your presenting difficulties and goals, and schedule any future sessions.
A 45-minute in-person or video session is $140.00.
A 55-minute in-person or video session is $170.00.
The 55-minute in-person or video diagnostic intake evaluation is $200.00.
As noted above, I offer an initial 20-30-minute phone consultation session free of charge.
At this time, I accept check, cash, and credit card for payment of services.
I also accept Aetna and traditional Medicare (I am not in network with Medicare Advantage Plans). For other insurance companies, I can provide you with the paperwork you need to submit my charges for reimbursement if you have out-of-network benefits.
"...the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”
- Elizabeth Lesser
Jennifer Durst, Ph.D., ABPP
I am a board certified clinical psychologist who has been providing mental health services and education for over 15 years. Before starting a private practice, I spent many years as an associate professor and clinician at a university, teaching and treating students, faculty, staff members, and their families. In addition to providing therapy and psychological testing, I taught courses in psychology and public health, and developed outreach programs for the community.
I received my bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and master's and doctorate degrees from Michigan State University. I completed my doctoral internship at the Denver VA Medical Center. I became board certified in clinical psychology in 2013 (see the Resources section for more information on ABPP board certification).
I've been fortunate in my career to wear a variety of "psychology hats," working as a clinician, a teacher, a researcher, and a consultant. I love therapy (both as therapist and patient!), teaching and presenting, statistics, conducting psychological testing, and continuing to learn new things.