Information about Dr. Sprague's Practice

Appointments

Children & Adolescents

Confidentiality

Counseling

Hours

Insurance

Other Psychological Services

Release of Information

 

Appointments

An appointment is necessary to see Dr. Sprague.

To see Dr. Sprague in his Batavia Office, call 585-356-1323.

If you get an answering machine, please leave a message. Dr. Sprague checks his messages every few hours and will contact you as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

 

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Children & Adolescents

Dr. Sprague has had extensive experience in seeing school-aged children and adolescents for counseling and testing. Depending on the situation, Dr. Sprague may see them individually or in the context of family counseling. For the initial visit, the parents are asked to come alone to give Dr. Sprague the background information needed to help him to determine the best course of treatment.

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Confidentiality

Dr. Sprague will protect your confidentiality. He follows the confidentiality guidelines of the HIPPA law passed on April 14, 2003. See the HIPPA Statement for Confidentiality.

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Counseling

Dr. Sprague expects and encourages you to obtain knowledge of the procedures, goals, and possible side effects of psychotherapy. He expect to make the professional contact one where you will receive the maximum benefit, and he will inform about alternatives to psychotherapy. Psychotherapy may be tremendously beneficial for some individuals while, at the same time, there are some risks. The risks may include the experience of intense and unwanted feelings, including: sadness, anger, fear, guilt, or anxiety. It is important to remember that these feelings may be natural and normal and are an important part of the therapy process. Other risks of therapy might include: recalling unpleasant life experiences, facing unpleasant thoughts and beliefs, increased awareness of feelings, values, and experiences, and alteration of your ability or desire to deal effectively with others in relationships.

The success of this joint endeavor depends in part on your sustained commitment, flexibility to experiment, and your courage to make new choices and to change. You may find that change is difficult, often accompanied by ambivalence and resistance. As the therapeutic relationship develops, attempts to work through issues might create periods of internal distress. You may experience moments of frustration, some anxiety, self-doubt, and conflict. This is what is to be expected from the normal process of effective counseling. As you experience these initial difficulties, you may decide that you are not ready for the kind of change at this time. People often arrive in counseling at different stages of readiness for change. You may end the counseling relationship at any time.

In therapy, major life decisions are sometimes made, including decisions involving separation within families, developing new relationships, changing employment settings, and changing your lifestyle. These decisions are a legitimate outcome of the therapy experience as a result of an individualís calling into question many of his or her beliefs and values. Be assured, however, that Dr. Sprague will never challenge your religious beliefs, even though they may vary from his own. As your therapist, he will be available to discuss any of your assumptions, problems, or possible negative side effects of our work together.

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Hours


Appointment hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
                         

 

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Insurance

Dr. Sprague accepts all the common area health care plans including Blue Choice, Preferred Care, Excellus PPO Plans like GAHP, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, Univera, GHI, Value Options, and private plans.

Some plans require that you get preauthorization from your primary care physician. You should contact your health insurance company to see what is required to get the mental health coverage that is available. If preauthorization is obtained, you will only be required to pay the copay that is required by your health care plan.

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Other Psychological Services

Although the majority of Dr. Sprague's time is spent in providing psychotherapeutic services, he also provide services such as psychological assessment and diagnosis, mediation, facilitation and problem solving in emotionally charged situations, including divorce and child custody, consultation to individuals with questions and concerns about family members or friends.

Infrequently, a patientís distress remains or becomes so high that hospitalization or the use of medications must be considered. He may collaborate with your primary physician or a psychiatrist on the issues of hospitalization, medication, or second opinions. There are times, his patients may see a psychiatrist at the same time they continue receiving psychological therapy with him.

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Release of Information

Dr. Sprague will protect your confidentiality for all services. If you would like information to be shared with outside sources such as your doctor or school, you will be asked to sign a release and specify what type of information you would like to have shared.

Click release if you would like to obtain a release form to print out and give to Dr. Sprague to allow him to talk with an outside source.

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