Getting Better Results With Cost-Effective Treatments
I hope this website is helpful to you in your search for a Psychologist, by providing you with useful information about Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) our professional training, and the psychological assessment and counseling services provided by our professional staff.
To schedule an appointment in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake, please call our main number at (757) 410-0700.
Our receptionists can help you obtain the necessary insurance pre-authorizations.
Email me if you have additional questions or encounter any difficulties obtaining the assistance you need.
Let Me Introduce Myself and My Professional Staff
I am broadly trained and experienced, having practiced as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for 40 years. I received a BA in Psychology from Stanford University, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Yale University, and was the Founding President of the Tidewater Academy of Clinical Psychologists. I am a Life Member of the American Psychological Association and have been a Member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, since it’s inception in 1974.
My staff and I provide counseling and psychological evaluations to children, adolescents and adults. We also provide marital and family therapy. We are participating providers with most of the leading health insurance plans, including Optima, Anthem, FEP BC/BS, Tricare, Aetna, Cigna, Value Options, Medicare, and others. Please refer to our page and our Professional Staff pages for more information.
What is CBT?
We employ a variety of therapies, best described as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). We help patients by showing them (1) how their problems (behaviors and emotions) are controlled by irrational, self-defeating patterns of thought and (2) how to replace negative, irrational thoughts with more positve, rational thoughts. We also help patients replace dysfunctional behavioral habits with more functional and effective behaviors. Today, CBT is regarded as the “Gold Standard” in psychological treatments. Research has verified the effectiveness of CBT in the treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders.
Our Patients and Problems Treated
We provide psychological assessments (including standardized psychological testing), and therapy for individual clients of all ages (children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly). Children are usually treated with a strong emphasis on parenting and family therapy. The types of problems treated and services provided include the following:
Individual Therapy with Adults: Assertive Training; communication skills; conflict resolution and problem-solving skills; Issues specific to women and men; PTSD, Anxiety and Panic Disorders; Stress Management; Depression, ADD/ADHD, Bipolar Disorder; Retirement, Mid-Life Crises and other life transitions; addictive, compulsive and self-destructive behaviors; low self-esteem, Social Anxiety, Dating, Relationship and mate-selection concerns; career concerns and job-related stress; Anger Management.
Marital Counseling: The treatment of individual patients is often facilitated by the participation of a spouse or other family member(s). In these cases, we include marital or family therapy as a component in the overall treatment of individual patients. However, insurance plans do not cover any type of therapy, unless there is an identified patient with a clinical diagnosis. For couples who want marital therapy only, and when there is no identified patient with a clinical diagnosis, we provide marital counseling on a self-pay basis. For these couples, we provide pre-marital and marital counseling, which may address the following areas: compatibility and mate selection; communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills; financial mismanagement; complaints of sexual dissatisfaction or infidelity; jealousy; parenting concerns; problems with extended family members; balancing career and family; adjusting to retirement and other life changes, etc.
Children, Adolescents and Family Therapy: We offer a wide range of evidenced-based psychological treatments for children and adolescents with the following problems: Anxiety Disorders and OCD, Depression, Test Taking Anxiety, Nightmare Disorders, Anger Management, Social Anxiety, ADHD and Learning Disabilities, Procrastination, Adjusting to Divorce, Behavioral Problems.When treating individual children and adolescents, we often involve parents and place a strong emphasis on Parent Management Training, especially with younger children.
Psychological Testing and Evaluations: We provide standardized psychological testing for ADHD (children and adults); personality, intellectual and learning disabilities; Veterans; Social Security Disability and Workers Compensation, and selected forensic evaluations.
The Therapist’s Role
Functioning much like coaches and family mediators, we strive to motivate, support and educate our clients to become more confident, happy and successful in their careers and relationships. Working together, we and our clients identify specific goals and develop plans to realize these goals by changing dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and emotions.
We have offices in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Maps and directions are available on our Contact Us page
1403 Greenbrier Parkway, Suite 215
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(We are in the Heritage Bank Building, at the intersection of Greenbrier Pkwy and Eden Way)
Telephone: (757) 410-0700
1604 Hilltop West Shopping Center, Suite 318
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(This is the only 3-story office building in the Hilltop North Shopping Center, which is at the intersection of Laskin Rd and First Colonial Rd (north-east corner).
Telephone: (757) 410-0700
Our normal business hours for each location are shown on our Contact Information page. Please check the Insurance page for a list of insurance plans we participate with. Our receptionists can help you obtain the necessary insurance pre-authorizations. You may also email Dr. Mulligan directly if you encounter any difficulties scheduling appointments on our contact page.