Frequently Asked Questions

    1.  What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?

            A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor (physician) who graduated from medical school and attended residency in Psychiatry.  A Psychologist is either a Ph.D. or Psy.D. who received their doctoral degree from a School of Psychology at a University or College.  Most psychiatrists will focus on medication management as treatment for mental health issues.  Clinical Psychologists utilize various talk-therapy methods (e.g. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to address mental health issues.  In some states (not Florida), Clinical Psychologists can prescribe medications.

    2.  How long will therapy last?

            While this is a reasonable question, it is a difficult one to answer.  The first couple of meetings typically allows the therapist to make a good assessment of the issues and establish a treatment plan.

    3.  How long will therapy take to complete?

            Again, a fair question, however it is hard to answer because of the many variables that factor into therapy.  Generally, there have been studies that suggest 50% of patients have made improvement within 8 sessions and 75% made improvement within 6 months.

    4.  Does health insurance cover the cost of therapy?

            Yes.  However, some plans, in particular managed care plans, have very specific rules, limitations, and procedures that must be followed in order for a visit to be covered.  It is highly encouraged that you contact your insurance company to understand these details.  It is important to remember that the insurance is a contract between you and the company and not with the therapist.  Here at BHS, we will gladly assist you in any way we can in order for you to utilize an insurance benefit.

    5.  Is everything confidential?

            Therapy is a private process where sensitive issues are discussed and in general, are always kept confidential unless you authorize the information to be shared.  There are, however, limits of confidentiality.  These limits include:
                                                               --Suspected abuse of a child or elder
                                                               --If you are a danger to yourself or others
                                                               --If a judge orders that information about treatment be released
Regarding the limits listed above, we are required by Florida Law to disclose information to the appropriate authorities.

    6.  What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

            Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a time limited, focused collaborative form of therapy that has been highly effective for the treatment of many mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, stress, anger, low self-esteem).  CBT focuses upon changing the negative thoughts that we often have about ourselves, the world, and the future.  CBT provides an opportunity for people to develop new skills to change negative thoughts to more realistic thoughts.

Behavioral Health Solutions--William J. Kuzbyt, Psy.D., P.A.
4061 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 105 Bonita Springs, FL 34134 US
Phone: 239-221-3399