Psychologist in Fort Collins, CO

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In this section you will find some commonly asked questions, including what you can expect at your first visit, and general information about the therapeutic process.

What happens during my first appointment?

During your fist appointment with Dr. Tobin, you will be asked to read through and sign a few forms that explain privacy practices and office policies. It is asked that you please arrive to your appointment approximately 15 minutes early to fill out the necessary paperwork. Once your initial appointment is scheduled, if you would like to save some time during your first visit, you can read the HIPAA Notice Of Privacy Practices here, prior to coming in. This notice, as well as other consent forms, will be provided to you upon your arrival and Dr. Tobin will be happy to discuss any questions you may have about them.

During your appointment, Dr. Tobin will discuss with you both your history and your current situation, in order to identify your needs and determine which treatment strategies may be most helpful. By the end of the initial evaluation, Dr. Tobin will have a better understanding of what issues you are struggling with and what course of treatment would be best. The information gathered during the initial session(s) will allow you and Dr. Tobin to decide if she is the best fit for you.

After the first session, we will discuss scheduling follow-up visits and setting goals. As therapy progresses, new goals may be established.


How long is each session?

Please reserve an hour and a half for the first, initial intake session. All other sessions are 45 minutes in length.

How often will I be coming in?

It depends. Most people attend once a week. As treatment progresses and goals are reached, sometimes people choose to decrease to every other week. Many factors play a role in deciding how often a client attends therapy. This decision is usually best made jointly by you and Dr. Tobin.

For how long will I be in therapy?

Some people will require only a few months to meet their goals, while others may need longer periods of time. Many factors play a role in determining how long therapy takes, including factors related to the individual and the therapeutic process. Dr. Tobin can discuss these factors with you if you have questions about length of treatment.

Do you accept insurance?

No, Dr. Tobin does not take insurance. If you have out of network benefits, she can provide you with documentation if you wish to submit to your insurance company on your own for out of network reimbursement. You can check with your insurance company ahead of time to find out if you have out-of-network benefits and the details regarding this coverage.

What are your fees?

Fees vary by the type of services provided. For specific fees by service, please visit the Fees page. Payment is due at the beginning of each visit.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Research has shown that psychotherapy can be just as helpful, and at times more helpful, than medication when it comes to the treatment of psychological issues, such as depression and anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one treatment approach.

CBT is collaborative, goal-directed and action-driven . It is based on the belief that dysfunctional thoughts are the catalyst for negative emotions and unhelpful behaviors. It also takes into account the role that learning has in the development of behaviors. Therapists who utilize a CBT approach will examine the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They will help clients to change their thinking and behavior patterns to be more adaptive, healthier and effective.

So, even if a situation cannot be changed, if you change the way you think, you can change the way you feel!

Find out more about CBT:
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*Note: Neither Mary E. Tobin, Psy.D. nor Tobin Psychological Services is responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites.

Is what a client shares with his/her therapist confidential?

Yes, in general, what is discussed between a client and psychologist is confidential.  However, there are certain circumstances in which I may be legally required to break confidentiality. These exceptions to confidentiality will be explained to you at the beginning of your first session, or can be discussed during your 20-minute phone consultation prior to your first appointment.

Do you prescribe medication?

No, Dr. Tobin does not prescribe medication, but she can provide you with appropriate provider referrals. For more information about Dr. Tobin and her credentials, please visit the About page.

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Very briefly, a psychiatrist is able to prescribe medication and tends to focus on medication management, whereas a psychologist does not prescribe medication (except as allowed in a few states).  Dr. Tobin is a psychologist. For more information about Dr. Tobin and her credentials, please visit the About page.

Where can I find more information?

You may want to check out the following sites to help you in gathering more information on mental health care and resources*:

*Note: Neither Mary E. Tobin, Psy.D. nor Tobin Psychological Services is responsible for the content, claims or representations of the listed sites.