Shawn’s Therapy Services & FAQ

I’m Dr. Shawn Smith, a licensed psychologist in Denver, Colorado. I offer solution-focused therapy, always with your particular situation in mind. I don’t use cookie-cutter approaches, and treatment is always tailored to your goals. My specialties include:

Anxiety Treatment

I rely on solution-focused, empirically-validated treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma-related anxiety, and other forms of anxiety. I hate it when anxiety limits people’s lives, and I’ll stay by your side while we tackle it.

Relationship Repair

I offer solution-focused couples therapy to eliminate hurtful, destructive patterns and create a loving and supportive relationship. I rely on empirically-validated treatments to help couples develop real tools and strategies for change.

Ongoing Therapy

While my services can be short-term, some people prefer longer-term, ongoing work. My empirically-supported services can help, whether you need someone in your corner to help you manage ongoing, complex problems, or you’re looking for a coach to help you replace old patterns and meet your full potential.

Please contact me any time if you would like to set up a meeting. My office is located at:

4045 Wadsworth, Suite 200
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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You can contact me directly at:
(303) 818-5162
shawn@docsmith.co

If you would like to get a jump on the paperwork (there isn’t much), you can download my intake forms, consent for couple therapy if applicable, and my HIPAA statement (this one is just informational). I look forward to meeting you!

FAQ

What kind of therapy do you offer?

I am a mindfulness-based psychologist working from a cognitive-behavioral orientation and specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

How much do you charge?

I charge $140 per session. I will meet with you for a solid hour, rather than the standard 45-50 minute session.

Do you offer a sliding scale?

I do not, for a variety of philosophical and practical reasons. Primarily, constraining my practice to a single fee prevents me from asking you to subsidize other clients by paying a higher fee.

Do you work with insurance companies?

I do not work directly with insurance companies. I will, however, provide an invoice for out-of-network reimbursement from your carrier. Many of my clients take advantage of that money-saving option.

There are two reasons that I do not work with insurance companies. First, there is evidence that the involvement of an insurance company can damage therapeutic outcomes. I want to make sure that I am working for you, not for a third party with a different set of motivations.

Secondly, I take your privacy very seriously. Insurance companies require providers to divulge information that may later affect you. My billing approach offers a higher level of privacy even if you choose to seek out-of-network reimbursement.

What about confidentiality?

Excepting situations in which I am bound to break confidentiality (for example, reporting child abuse or the intent to harm someone), everything we discuss will stay between you and me.

How long does treatment take?

If we decide to work together, the duration and frequency is entirely up to you. (You’re the boss, after all.) Some problems can be managed in just a few sessions. Many can be dealt with in 10-12 sessions. And some people choose to use therapy on an ongoing basis for a variety of reasons, such as managing complex difficulties or using therapy to continually pursue their highest potential.

What does “Psy.D.” mean?

It is a doctorate of clinical psychology – a professional degree akin to an M.D. or J.D. I am a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado.

Are you married?

People considering couple therapy will want to know that I am happily married to my wife of 18 years, and we have a daughter. You can read more about me on my bio page.

What does you office look like?

My office is spacious and very private:

Do you have other questions? Feel free to email me or call me at (303) 818-5162. Thanks!