Frequently Asked Questions

What's a PsyD?

When seeking mental health services, you’re likely to encounter either “PhD” or “PsyD” tagged at the end of a counselor's name. (Note, a PhD is a Doctor of Philosophy, whereas a PsyD is a Doctor of Psychology.) These are the two most common degrees held by practicing psychologists. The main difference between the two credentials is the focus of their academic coursework. Broadly, PhD programs primarily emphasize research (i.e., setting up experiments, collecting data, etc.), whereas PsyD coursework centers on clinical practice and working amongst underserved communities.

Dr. Ervin holds a Psy. D. from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology.

What if I can't afford to pay?

While many patients have the means to pay for Renewal of the Mind services, this is not an absolute requirement to becoming a patient. Whenever possible, Dr. Ervin is dedicated to providing professional mental health services, regardless of financial means. If you don’t believe you have the financial means to pay Dr. Ervin’s fees but would still like to be considered as a patient, please contact us to discuss your options.

What insurance does Dr. Ervin accept?

Please contact Dr. Ervin's office to confirm if she operates with your insurance network. Dr. Ervin believes that quality mental health services should be accessible to everyone, so if you have a high-deductible health plan or are not insured, please contact us to discuss your options.

What sort of issues can Dr. Ervin help me with?

Dr. Ervin has treated a wide and diverse clientele. While her clients identities, backgrounds, and experiences may vary, they all seek peace of mind. From her professional experiences at several Veterans Health Administration (VHA) sites, Dr. Ervin has become especially skilled at helping those seeking treatment for trauma recovery. Nevertheless, Dr. Ervin has also treated clients seeking help with other mental health concerns, including:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Athletic Transition
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Work-related Stress

If you don't see your condition on the list, it doesn't mean Dr. Ervin can't help. For those considering Dr. Ervin's services, she offers a free, 30-minute confidential, no-obligation telephone consultation. This is your chance to familiarize with Dr. Ervin and her approach and ultimately, determine if she's the right mental health counselor for you.

How will I know if Dr. Ervin's services are right for me?

The short answer is her free 30-minute telephone consultation. Recognizing how critical a solid rapport is to reaching your mental wellness goals, this, this free 30-minute consultation is your chance to gauge your comfort level and ease with Dr. Ervin and her services. The longer answer concerns Dr. Ervin's approach. Dr. Ervin regards her relationships with clients as that of a partnership.  This means Dr. Ervin collaborates with clients and customizes her services to suit their mental health aims and needs. 

How long will I be in therapy for?

The answer is, it depends.  Therapy can be short or long term. Aside from group therapy, Dr. Ervin will tailor your sessions to fit your mental wellness goals and because some goals may take longer to reach than others, the length of your treatment may vary. Rest assured, Dr. Ervin will work with you to determine at what point you will expect to see progress from your counseling.