Therapist Jamie Blum, LSCW-C, CPC

Jamie Blum is a licensed social worker and professional certified coach. In both roles, she combines her expertise and skills in motivational interviewing and the foundations of cognitive behavioral tools to guide her clients to more innovative thinking that results in higher levels of personal agility and resilience where they are healthier, happier, and moving forward towards their life goals. Her work with adolescents and adults in both her mental health practice and in her coaching practice helps them to shift from striving to thriving in all aspects of their lives by building on their personal agility and resilience.

Ms. Blum takes a very problem focused approach with clients and works with them to develop action oriented plans that assist the client in selecting strategies to help address those problems and move their lives forward. While supportive, she is direct in her approach.

In her role as a life coach, Ms. Blum works with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages who want to focus on increasing their personal development, working through a transition, or improving their ability to have and develop strong relationships with others. With her clients, Ms. Blum focuses on getting over life’s hurdles, whether situational or self-imposed, and make better life decision by helping clients to clarify a challenge, evaluate the choices based in their values, and implement change. The hardest changes are those made in isolation. See what a difference it can make to have a coach in your corner.

In her role as a therapist, Ms Blum often works with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders as well as with individuals who struggle with drug addiction. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy which has been proven to be helpful in the treatment of complex and challenging mental disorders that involve emotional dysregulation, PTSD, eating disorders, and sever mood disorders. Clients with these disorders often have great difficulty managing the emotional and relational crises of their lives because they lack the needed behavioral coping skills. Using both acceptance and change strategies, DBT asks the patient to find a balance between accepting reality as it is, and maintaining a strong commitment to change. Ms. Blum creates an environment that is warm and validating, while attempting to offer enough challenge and guidance to effect behavioral change and reduction of harmful behaviors. The goal is to help clients create “a life worth living.” Ms. Blum supports the research which has shown that DBT treatment is most effective when it includes individual therapy and a weekly skills training group. She offers both components.

Ms. Blum joined CPE Clinic after practicing in Boston for 8 years. Ms. Blum obtained her BA in sociology from Bates College and graduated, from Simmons College, with a Masters in Social Work (MSW). She became a certified life coach in 2015. Ms. Blum co-authored an article in the Journal of Adolescent Health, examining gender differences in juvenile violence using the Add Heath Study. (Blum, J. Ireland, M. Blum, R. Gender Difference in Juvenile Violence: A Report from Add Health. JAdolescHealth 32(3) 234-240, 2003.)

What are the fees for life coaching with Ms. Blum?

Coaching is not reimbursable via health insurance, but many companies consider it a training cost. Please check with your HR manager to see if any fees associated with coaching would be considered a training expense. A one hour coaching session with Ms. Blum is $140.

What are the fees for therapy with Ms. Blum?

The CPT codes reflect the extent of service, but billing for appointment is always based on time. Appointments are set up as 1 hour (up to 50 minutes face-to-face). Typically, therapy patients are seen for one hour therapy sessions. The CPT code for the first visit is 90791 (1 hour face-to-face contact) for the initial appointment and 90834 (45 minutes face-to-face contact) for subsequent appointments. The initial appointment with Ms. Blum is $160 and subsequent appointments are $140. (HOW TO CHECK YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE)