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Professional Specialty Services 
Ms. Stephanie Upchurch believes that everyone should be able to receive treatment services. She is currently in the credentialing process for several insurance companies including Cigna, BCBS, and Aetna. While she is in the midst of this process she will assist clients with billing paperwork a client can provide to  insurance companies to seek reimbursement. Intake sessions cost $180 for 90 minutes, while subsequent sessions are $120 for 60 minutes (price is dependent on severity of illness). Please feel free to contact me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about insurance and fees.
Weekly or Bi-weekly sessions are offered but are determined based on necessity. Sessions are generally 60 minutes. Intake sessions are around 90 minutes.
Ms. Stephanie Upchurch provides treatment services to children, adolescents and adults. Each individual assists in developing their own treatment plan and we will work together to meet the goals identified in that plan.
Virtual Therapy is an option for individuals who may live outside the Nashville area. Alternating in person and virtual sessions can make therapy a little less challenging and easier to fit into a busy lifestyle. Severity of symptoms will determine if virtual therapy is an option and will be evaluated on a case by case basis. For more information visit www.virtualtherapyconnect.com or click the link below.
Virtual Therapy Connect

Treatments Offered

Ms. Upchurch treats each patient as an individual however she typically utilizes specific treatments based on an individual's diagnosis.

OCD and Anxiety Disorders - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is the first line treatment for inividuals suffereing from these disorders. CBT believes that an individual's thoughts affect their behaviors and feelings and maladaptive thinking patterns can in turn cause mental illness and/or serious distress in individuals. Treatment with a CBT therapist tends to focus on identifying faulty patterns of thinking and working over time to challenge and change them. ERP is often coupled with CBT and involves the gradual process of exposing a patient to a feared event/object/outcome and encouraging/teaching them to utilize a different behavioral response to that feared event/object/outcome. The expectation for treatment is that over time the individuals fear will diminish, their tolerance of their negative feelings will increase, and their behaviors will change as a result. For example, Jane has a presentation to give at work. Jane has a lot of performance anxiety and typically has called out sick on days when she is expected to talk in front of a group or give a presentation. This has led to her being passed up for promotion several times. If Jane were to begin ERP we would gradually expose her to her feared situation (speaking in front of a group) and feared outcome (performing poorly while speaking in front of a group).

Depressive Disorders - Behavioral activation therapy and CBT are my preferred treatment modalities for individuals suffering from depressive disorders. Behavioral activation focuses on movement and activity. Most individuals suffering from depressive disorders will avoid, isolate and withdrawal from all of the things in life that they enjoy. BAT focuses on getting an individual reengaged with their life and the things they enjoyed prior to the depressive disorder. CBT works to identify the faulty thinking patterns that are affecting the individual and works to correct them. For example, Suzie used to love going to the park and walking her dog. Suzie no longer likes going to the park because she thinks that everyone at the park knows she suffers from depression and believes that she is mentally ill. Suzie's therapist is going to ask her to go to the park but is also going to ask her to challenge her thought that "everyone knows she has depression" by identifying the faulty processes behind those thoughts.

Body Focused Repetetive Disorders - BFRD's (hair pulling disorders, skin picking disorders, nail biting, etc) respond best to habit reversal training. Habit Reversal Training is a process of teaching an individual to identify triggers for pulling or picking and then utilizing a response that is in direct contradiction to the picking or pulling behavior. For example, someone who tends to bite their fingernails begins to monitor when they are most prone to bite. After an individual monitors their nail biting they determine that most biting occurs while driving. The next step would then be coming up with an alterative behavior to act as a substitute for the nail biting. This coud be wearing gloves while in the car, sitting on the non-driving hand, or using a fidget toy with the free hand when it's not engaged in driving.

Eating Disorders- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) has proven to be very successful in the treatment of Eating Disorders. This is the same treatment process as OCD and anxiety however the feared event/object/outcome tends to revolve around food, weight, and/or body image. The exposure work involves gradually exposing an individual to their feared event/object/outcome with the idea that over time it becomes less distressing.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is another type of therapy she utilizes during treatment but is not a primary method of treatment.