Dr. King completed his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University College of Social Work. The College of Social Work at Ohio State University is currently ranked 13th in all Social Work programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. He focused his doctoral studies examining minority stress factors contributing to both negative physical and mental health status, and lowered use of health services, along with the mediating factors of resilience, support, and internal health locus of control. During his doctoral studies, Dr. King was awarded the NASW Foundation Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship in 2009, and he received one of 20 pre-dissertation awards given by the John A. Harford Foundation in gerontology (2006). Additionally, while a graduate student, Dr. King also earned a minor in research methods and a Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging.
During his advanced studies he completed his internship at the Veterans Affairs Hospital concentrating in the acute and long term psychiatric units as well as the Substance Abuse Treatment Program. He further focused his practice working within community mental health for the State of Ohio which included conducting evaluations and assessments for those in crisis. Additionally, Dr. King has conducted numerous therapy groups, guest speaking engagements, and workshops.
His academic background has included being a guest lecturer at both Capital University and Ohio State University. He has been a full-time faculty member at Marshall University and the University of North Carolina. Additionally, he has taught courses at several area colleges and universities including Columbus College of Art and Design, Franklin University, Ohio University, Ohio State University (where he also was a graduate teaching assistant), and two years as an online adjunct instructor at West Virginia University. Dr. King has extensive experience with both in-person and online teaching.
In the community he has presented on various topics including suicide prevention, sensitivity to diversity, the use of single subject design in practice, and he has conducted workshops for the Department of Health and Human Services for the State of West Virginia. Dr. King has presented his research work at several State and National conferences, and he has several publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, an encyclopedia entry, and book reviews. In practice, Dr. King focuses on a strengths based approach using Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, and Family Systems Therapy Interventions.
Education Masters of Business Management from Friends University - Wichita, Kansas with an emphasis in Employee Human Relations (1991). Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in mental health clinical practice from the Ohio State University, College of Social Work, Columbus, Ohio (2005). Ph.D. in Social Work with a minor in research methods and an Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging at the Ohio State University, College of Social Work - Columbus, Ohio (2009).
Currently, I am providing virtual teletherapy services to clients who reside in the State of Ohio, and who are 18 years and older. My virtual office provides a comfortable online experience and is conducted in a HIPAA compliant online platform called Doxy.me. This platform is used by many healthcare professionals, including psychotherapist. Personal treatment goals are formulated working with each client, and incorporating the use of evidence-based practice interventions, and theoretical models and perspectives, that result in personal growth. My focus is on facilitating the change process to help clients find resolutions by recognizing, adjusting, and developing, healthy coping skills. Additionally, I help clients explore their current processes to better understand the "self" and to find, and further develop, personal resilience and empowerment. My goal is to listen, and facilitate clients as they explore their own processes, develop and practice acquired new processes, and reduce symptoms that hinder progress. My areas of clinical focus include -
For safety concerns, there are a few clinical situations where virtual teletherapy is not clinically appropriate. During, or at the completion of your intake appointment, or anytime after, your therapist will discuss any clinical concerns with you where a recommendation would be a referral to an in-person therapist.
For many clients who may not be able to make it into the office for face-to-face sessions, or for those clients who would just prefer therapy from the comfort and privacy of their home, video-based psychotherapy might be a good option. The use of teletherapy results in no travel freeing up time for your busy lives. The sessions can be conducted in many convenient confidential locations such as a car, private room, on your walk, in your back yard, at the office at the end of the day or at home in your favorite spot. You have choices. The only requirement is to reside and be in the State of Ohio.
Research has shown online teletherapy is as effective as in-person. Delivery of psychotherapy services, using an Internet video-based platform, are covered by many insurance companies and employee assistance programs.
I use Doxy.me, which is a HIPAA compliant video platform that many healthcare practitioners use to deliver the service. You are given a link to go to and will be in a virtual waiting room. I will connect with you at the beginning of your session time. All you need is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer with a mic and camera, preferably Chrome as your web browser, and Internet access.
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Insurance companies have been allowing clients to be seen via virtual telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Ohio, many insurance companies have been allowing teletherapy prior to the pandemic. Now, most insurance companies are allowing clients to use telehealth services that include teletherapy. It is ultimately the client's responsibility to call and make sure their insurance plan covers telehealth and that teletherapy is part of their behavioral health plan. This office does it's best to keep up with the changes as well.
If you want to opt out of using your insurance altogether, or if your medical insurance does not cover any kind of insurance coverage for behavioral health, or teletherapy, this office does have self-pay agreements and you would be agreeing to waive your insurance coverage. Please contact the office today to discuss out-of-pocket arrangements. Cash, debit/credit or health care spending cards are accepted for payment.
This office accepts what your in-network insurance allows for sessions. In this case, session fees are determined by your primary insurance carrier or EAP provider. Ultimately, client are responsible for the session cost with or without insurance. If your insurance is covering sessions, you would be responsible for the copays, coinsurance, deductible amounts, and these amounts are due at the time of each session. Client's are responsible for any allowed amounts not paid and assessed by insurance after processing of each claim.
The following insurance is accepted. If you do not see your insurance listed, the office will call and find out what benefits you have, and if this office is in-network with your insurance company. I also accept out of network, the client would be responsible for the payment, and I would provide a superbill that clients can submit to their insurance company.
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CareSource: OhioJust4Me and Ohio Medicaid
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Ohio University Students and Faculty/Employee Insurance
United Behavioral Health UBH
Most Employee Assistance Program Benefits
Initial session fee: $135.00 (individual; and $150.00 (conjoint*)
On-going sessions: Range between $70.00 - $130.00
Sessions are scheduled for 45 - 50 minutes.
The cancellation policy requires a 48-hours notice of cancellation. There is a $35.00 fee for late cancellations or no-shows. If a client has more than two no-shows, their treatment may be terminated.
*This office does not accept insurance for marriage and couples counseling. To use medical insurance a medical diagnosis has to be given and that has to be the focus of the treatment plan.