In her Psychotherapy Practice, Dr. Best provides individual treatment to
adults suffering from conditions and disorders such as:
- Panic and anxiety
- Excessive worry
- Work-related stress
- Fears and phobias
- Traumatic or prolonged grief
Her approach to treatment is cognitive-behavioral, which research has shown to be the most effective technique for addressing these types of problems. In cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), the emphasis is on helping the client to identify negative or unhealthy thoughts and behaviors and to develop practical skills and strategies to help them deal with the difficulties they are experiencing.
Understanding the nature and causes of your symptoms is key to identifying and managing them. Dr. Best utilizes her extensive experience and training to educate her clients on the biological and psychological basis of their conditions according to the latest research findings.
Dr. Best works with her clients as a collaborative team, with the belief that "you are the expert on you". She believes strongly that her clients are consumers who have the right to voice their opinions regarding the services they are receiving. Together, she and her clients establish goals for treatment which they use to evaluate progress and the continued effectiveness of the therapy.
The relationship between a therapist and client is unique and works in part because of the assurance of confidentiality. This confidentiality is your legal privilege as a client and Dr. Best cannot share the content of your sessions or even the fact that you are her client with anyone without your written authorization. There are certain legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality, such as the threat of serious harm to self or others, which Dr. Best reviews at the time of the initial session.
For a variety of reasons, Dr. Best has determined not to participate on any insurance or managed care panels. She is happy, however, to provide her clients with regular invoices which they can submit to their insurers to obtain reimbursement and she now accepts most major credit cards. In addition, Dr. Best routinely bills worker's compensation and disability agencies, as well as private and public employers. It is important to note that in the case of worker's compensation or disability claims, session notes are routinely requested in order to obtain payment.
In her Forensic Practice, Dr. Best conducts in-depth psychological evaluations (sometimes referred to as IME's), and offers attorney consultation and expert witness services. [see CV]
Dr. Best is fortunate to have been trained by the nation's experts in psychodiagnostic evaluation and is careful to use the currently accepted "gold standards" in assessment instruments. Her training and experience in assessing PTSD and other trauma-related responses is particularly extensive. She has developed assessment batteries for a variety of studies examining traumatized individuals and has trained and supervised numerous clinicians in the administration of these evaluations.
Consultation and Testimony
Dr. Best has provided consultation and expert witness testimony on behalf of claimant and defense attorneys across the nation on cases including personal injury, worker's compensation, medical malpractice, immigration status, and law enforcement use-of-force. Her scientific background, extensive publications, and clinical expertise in the area of posttraumatic stress allow her to speak toward epidemiological and pre-dispositional factors as well as individual symptom responses to traumatic exposure.
As a proud member of the mental health community, Dr. Best enjoys sharing
her knowledge and experience with students and colleagues as well as professionals
from other fields. Over the years she has conducted numerous courses, workshops,
presentations, and in-service trainings for groups and organizations such
as Counseling and Psychology graduate and continuing education students,
EAP providers, Community mental health agencies, Private practitioners,
Law enforcement command staffs, Peer support teams, Police psychologists,
Physicians, and Attorneys on topics such as:
- Assessment and treatment of PTSD
- Compassion Fatigue
- Post-shooting responses in law enforcement professionals
- Combat stress reactions
- Reintegration of returning veterans
Dr. Best is available to provide training, instruction, and consultation services on these and other related topics to individuals, institutions, and organizations. She will work with you in individually tailoring her presentation to meet the unique needs of your audience.