Jamie Blum is a licensed social
worker skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational
interviewing. Her area of focus is with adolescents and adults
in both individual and groups settings. Ms Blum often works with
adults struggling with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders
as well as with individuals who struggle with drug addictions.
Ms. Blum takes a very problem focused approach
with clients and develops action oriented plans that assist the
client in selecting strategies to help address those problems.
While supportive, she is directive in her therapeutic approach.
Ms. Blum 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.”
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. For information
about individual DBT therapy or skills application and coaching,
please email Jamie.Blum@cpeclinic.com.
Ms. Blum joined CPE Clinic after practicing
in Boston for 8 years. She has brought her individual and group
therapy experience to the practice.
Ms. Blum obtained her BA in sociology from Bates
College and graduated, from Simmons College, with a Masters in
Social Work (MSW). 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 therapy with Dr. Shank,
Dr. Frazier, or 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)