You may be experiencing serious stress in your relationship journey. If you are, you could benefit from professional therapy, whether you go as an individual, as a couple, or as a family. In therapy you will establish your personal or relationship goals and then explore potential solutions (roadmaps) for reaching your desired destination. Depending upon your needs and geographical location, you may want to use my therapy services.
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Bill J. Baker, Ph.D.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
My therapy services are provided as a professional staff member of Grayson and Associates, PC, a group providing psychiatric, psychological, and counseling services for the Birmingham, Alabama metroplex area. I have been a part of this group since 1995. To learn more about Grayson and Associates, visit their website at www.graysonmentalhealth.com.
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How will therapy help me with my issues?
Therapy is a process of growth in which you identify the specific problem or issue which is causing you stress, choose your personal goal (destination), and explore potential solutions (roadmaps) that will help you travel successfully from where you are now to where you want to be. You will work on attitudes, behaviors, and relationship patterns which are designed to help life be “better” for you and your loved ones.
- Mental Health Counseling (Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, etc.)
- Premarital and Marital Therapy
- Family Therapy (Parent/Child Relationships, Family of Origin issues, etc.)
- Child/Adolescent Issues (ADHD, School, Family Conflict, etc.)
- Divorce Adjustment (Individual/Family)
- Grief Adjustment (Coping with Losses)
- Stress Management and Relaxation Training
- Anger Management Training
- Career Counseling and Job Stress
- Conflict Management and Communication Skills Training
- Surviving and Coping with Childhood Abuse
However, there are some therapy services which Dr. Baker does not provide. He is not trained as a forensic psychologist/therapist, nor is he trained to do medical or mental health disability determinations. Individuals needing these services should work with someone who is appropriately trained to provide such services.
Thus, the following services are not available.
*Psychological and/or medical evaluations for disability or for court purposes
*Completion of forms/paperwork related to disability or court-related assessments
*Custody evaluations for divorced parents seeking to gain or modify legal custody decrees
*Other evaluations which warrant training in Forensic Psychology
*Testifying in court regarding clients and their work in therapy
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How can I get medication if I’m seeing you for therapy?
Sometimes clients need medication to help with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other problems. As a Ph.D., Dr. Baker is not able to prescribe or manage medication. Only a physician can write prescriptions. When appropriate, Dr. Baker can refer clients to one of several psychiatrists in his group who provide medication assessment and treatment, or he can work with the client’s primary care physician or internist.
What are your credentials and qualifications?
Dr. Baker is a professional counselor in private practice with Grayson and Associates in Birmingham, AL. He earned the Ph.D. degree from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis in counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Alabama License #558) and also serves as a Counseling Supervisor. He is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Approved Supervisor (Alabama License #39). He is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Since 1970 he has worked with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of personal and family issues.
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Will you respect and work with my personal religious or spiritual beliefs?
You have nothing to worry about. Dr. Baker understands that people entering therapy often have religious or spiritual beliefs which are very important to them. He will respect your beliefs and will encourage you to use your personal faith to help you achieve your goals. As a professional therapist, Dr. Baker has worked with people of various religious backgrounds, including many ministers and families of ministers. Feel free to talk with Dr. Baker about any concerns or preferences you may have when you meet together for your first session. Because Dr. Baker’s personal faith is important to him, he will understand and respect your situation.
What can I expect to happen in my first session?
When you come for your first session at the Grayson and Associates office, the receptionist will ask you to complete a “Patient Information” sheet and will photocopy your insurance card (if you are using your insurance). Some clients like to download the “Patient Information” form from the Grayson and Associates website so they can fill out the form prior to their appointment. To download this form, go to www.graysonmentalhealth.com and select the Download Forms tab. After completing this paperwork, you’ll just “hang out” in the waiting room until Dr. Baker comes out to take you back to his private office.
In your first session with Dr. Baker you will briefly review important policies about privacy and confidentiality. He will give you a “Description of Therapy Services” handout which he will ask you to read at home, agree to by your signature, and return to him (if you decide to continue in therapy with him). (To see this handout and/or to download it in preparation for your first session, click here.) After the introductory materials are covered, you and Dr. Baker will identify your purpose or goals for therapy and you will begin your exploration for solutions which will help you travel successfully toward your desired destination.
Will my therapy sessions be private and confidential?
Yes! Privacy information (HIPAA) is given to you when you arrive for your first session. Information shared in therapy sessions will be regarded as private and confidential and will be safeguarded as much as possible. Information is not shared with others without your knowledge and specific consent unless there is a specific danger (a threat to harm self/others, child abuse, or elder abuse), or the release of information is ordered by a judge from a court of law. When couples or families have been seen for therapy, every person of legal age present in the therapy sessions must sign the release form before any information can be released.
How much will my therapy sessions cost?
Dr. Baker’s therapy fees are comparable to those charged in the Birmingham area for professional counseling services. Payment of fees is requested for all services at the time rendered. For your convenience his office does accept some bank cards. Clients who are working with certain managed care organizations may be responsible initially for only a co-payment (perhaps $15--$30 each session). Please remember, however, that you are responsible for the ultimate payment of all fees if your insurance company does not pay. Hopefully, you can utilize your insurance benefits to the maximum degree possible. The fee for therapy is based upon a 45-50 minute session. Additional fees are usually assessed for extended sessions in his office or for services at other locations (hospitals, schools, etc.). Mileage charges may be added if travel is involved. Fees for clients with Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) or Managed Care benefits will be based on the specific benefit plan for your particular organization. Additional fees are usually incurred if you take certain types of standardized tests or inventories which may have to be computer-scored, or if special reports are prepared at your request.
Many clients use their insurance benefits to cover their therapy expenses, while other people are “private pay” ($150.00 for the initial session; $130.00 for additional sessions). Some clients receive financial assistance from their home church or congregation to help cover their therapy costs. Dr. Baker is usually willing to work with a client’s church regarding special financial needs that a client may have.
The total cost of your therapy will depend upon the number of sessions you have. Dr. Baker practices the policy of “the least amount necessary but enough to get the job done.” He will be glad to discuss the projected length of therapy with you at your first session.
Will my insurance program pay for my therapy?
Many insurance companies provide some type of coverage benefits for mental health counseling and family therapy. Please refer to your insurance benefits handbook or contact your insurance company for the type and amount of coverage provided. For insurance purposes Dr. Baker is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Alabama License #558), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Alabama License #39), and a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is not licensed as a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, or social worker.
Dr. Baker serves as a provider for the following insurance panels.
- Aetna Behavioral Health
- American Behavioral Benefits Managers (ABBM)
- Blue Choice
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield – Federal Employees
- Magellan Behavioral Health
- Managed Health Care Administration (MHCA)
- Tricare (Standard) (Military)
- United Behavioral Health (UBH)
- Value Options (VO)
How do I set up an appointment with you to start therapy?
To get an appointment to see Dr. Baker, call the Grayson and Associates Intake Office at 205/868-6702. Tell the Intake responder that you want to make an appointment with Dr. Bill Baker at the Riverchase location. He/she will work with you to get everything set up. If you incur any type of problem, feel free to call him at his office number at Riverchase (205/444-0420) and leave him a confidential voice mail message explaining the difficulty. He will assist however he can to help you set up your first appointment.
Is the “Description of Therapy Services” handout available for me online?
Yes. Click here to read the “Description of Therapy Services” which all clients receive. New clients can download a copy to read prior to the first therapy session.
The address is: Grayson and Associates, 100 Concourse Parkway, Suite 101, Birmingham, AL 35244. From I-65 go west about one block on Valleydale Road and turn right at the first traffic signal onto Riverchase Parkway. Then turn left at the first street which is Concourse Parkway. Our multi-story office building is clearly seen on the corner of Riverchase Parkway and Concourse Parkway. Enter the building at the East Lobby entrance and look for our suite on the right just inside the entrance. If more help is needed, call the office (205/444-0420) and ask for directions. For assistance from MapQuest, click here.
100 Concourse Parkway Birmingham, AL 35244
How can I locate a therapist in my area outside of central Alabama?
If you’re trying to find a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), you can use the Therapist Locator service sponsored by AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy). Go to www.TherapistLocator.net and follow the onscreen directions. You’ll need to agree to the disclaimer statement, enter your search area by zip code and radius to search by miles, and click the submit button. Alternatively, you could search for a therapist in your area simply by checking the Yellow Pages, asking your minister or physician, or talking with your friends and family. Before you actually begin therapy, you may want to consider the criteria which you value and then be assertive in asking your potential therapist if he/she will work with you based on your values.
If I become suicidal, how can I find help?
If you start feeling suicidal, take immediate steps to protect and safeguard your health and well-being. If you have left an e-mail message for me on this website about being suicidal, do not wait for an e-mail response from me. Instead, please get immediate assistance by calling your local emergency response resource (911), calling the police, or by going to the nearest hospital emergency room. There may be a local Crisis Hotline you could call, or you could contact a family member or a friend to let them know that you’re struggling. The most important step is clear: seek immediate help if you’re suicidal.