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.
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.
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.
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)