Treatment

Dr. Chang specializes in trauma and loss, which often present as depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorder, and relationship problems.  Dr. Chang may employ a number of different approaches in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.   She refers to individuals seeking treatment as “patients,” in order to highlight her responsibility for their care.  “Interpersonal trauma requires interpersonal healing,” is one of Dr. Chang’s favorite sayings.  She believes strongly that the development of a lasting and trusting therapeutic relationship provides an interpersonal bond, which fosters the healing of emotional wounds, clarifying to patients: “You pay for my time, not my caring”.  Additionally, she recognizes the life-long journey of self-discovery: “You’re in the driver’s seat, I’ll navigate to whatever destination you want.  We’ll stop when you’re satisfied with your life.  When your life changes and you’re ready to do more work, you can come back to therapy. ”

Grace is our therapy dogDr. Chang engages the assistance of a trained therapy dog in the process of creating safety and authenticity. Her name is Grace and she is a very gentle, seven-year-old Labra Dane.  Her role evolved organically as she was recovering from two knee surgeries.  She instinctively knew who needed her physical comfort and support.  Surprisingly, some people, who were tentative and unfamiliar with dogs, have become attached to her over time.  For some patients, the special bond with Grace has become essential in their healing process.   If you have allergies and/or fear of dogs, however, we would not be the best fit for you.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has become the treatment of choice for physical and psychological trauma.  It facilitates rapid inter-hemispheric processing of thoughts and emotions that were encapsulated during overwhelming circumstances.  It may be a procedure that you elect to have in order to deal with emotionally charged memories, nightmares, or intrusive thoughts.  However, one needs to have stable life circumstances prior to diving into the depth of disturbing memories.  Dr. Chang became a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner in 1999,  recognizing the importance of individual readiness and preparedness for the procedure.   She has learned the different nuances of this procedure over the years , integrating resource installation, cognitive interweave, and attachment figures in the work.

Costs: Range from $190 – $230.

Dr. Chang charges $225 for an initial intake session, lasting 60 minutes.  At the end of this interview, she will assess your life situation, summarize your problems, and offer treatment options with specific recommendations.  Then, you can decide if you want another session.

Future sessions will cost:

• $190/session for 45 minutes;
• $200/session for 55 minutes (EMDR);
• $220/emergency session (60 minutes or greater);
• $230/couple or family session for 60 minutes.