Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Any relation to Al Gore?
Q: Are you sure there is not any family connection at all?
A: Yes, in fact, when i was born, my name was David Karol Gorewicz. When I was three years old, my father (who was a brand-new American), had our name shortened to Gore.
Q: Why did you become a psychologist?
A: I help people, it is fun, it is extremely challenging and it is never, ever boring. And, it is a career for a lifetime. A novelist once said, "I am going to be an even better novelist in my fifties than I am in my forties, and I will be an even better writer in my sixties than in my fifties." The same is true with being a psychotherapist.
Q: What is your therapeutic approach?
A: I variously practice: Structural-strategic therapy, experiential therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Bowenian therapy, and psychodynamic therapy (for long-term work) depending upon my client’s individual needs. I do whatever works.
Q: How come you are not on a lot of managed care provider panels?
A: I am not on any managed care provider panels, and tend to strongly disagree with many managed care policies. Most often, effective therapy does not accompany rigid timetables –each family, couple, and individual is unique, and deserves treatment appropriate to their needs. They also reimburse quite poorly. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, confidentiality is (at best) compromised, and (usually) disregarded altogether. Computers tend to have a lot of memory.
Q: Will I receive therapy directly from you?
A: Yes. My practice is a solo, fee-for-service practice, and I treat my clients as I would want my own family members treated.
Q: What are your fees?
A: I currently charge $300.00 for Individual sessions (fifty-minute sessions). Initial Appointments, Couple’s and Family Therapy sessions are $360.00 (sixty-minute sessions).
Q: Do you take United Health Insurance?
Q: Do you take Blue Cross Insurance?
Q: Do you take Human Insurance?
Q: Do you take Aetna Health Insurance?
Q: Do you take Eastern Central Michigan Teacher’s Insurance?
A: No, I don’t.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: I am not on any insurance plans. Some insurance plans will pay something for out-of-network services. For help in determining whether you insurance will cover the therapy fees please click here. It is expected for you to pay for your session at the time of services.
Q: What makes your practice so unique?
A: 1. Fast callbacks from 9:00AM-Midnight.
2. I have spent 30 years and around 40,000 hours helping people change. I am at the “top of my game”.
3. The “buck” stops with me. If you need me, I will be readily available. I will do whatever it takes to help you make the emotional and behavioral changes you need to make now.
Q: How long will it take for us/me to see results?
A: Pretty quickly, if you so desire. It also depends on the "depth" of your problems, and on the level and intensity of your motivation.
Q: What do you specialize in?
A: I am a general practitioner. I am trained to work with young children, adolescents and adults of all ages. Here are my "unique" specialty niches:
- whole families, two or three generations at a time.
- addicts/alcoholics, both adults or teenagers (A not funny joke: Q: What is the difference between an adult addict and an adolescent addict? A: Nothing).
- pregnancy and post partum mood disorders, and couples/family therapy of women with pregnancy and post-partum mood disorders.
- little kids, ages 3 to 10. I do not do "play therapy" with the child. I will see them alone for brief intervals, but I treat young children only with the involvement of the whole family.
Q: What do you mean the "whole family?"
A: At least the Mom, Dad and children.
Q: What if they are divorced?
A: Especially if they are divorced.
Q: What if one parent refuses to participate?
A: I would be proud to say that a fifth specialty of mine is getting uninvolved members more involved in the lives of the "patient." No matter the age of this identified "patient."
Q: What if my child is the one having problems? Can’t I just drop him or her off, and go run over to Phipps?
A: If you want to do that, then I am not the right doctor for you. Anybody who treats children or adolescents mainly through individual therapy is doing the wrong thing.
Q: Given your specialties, is it true that most of your clientele is composed of adult individual clients?
A: Yes, because that group seeks therapy most often.
Q: Is that your head on the above photo?
A: No. For some reason I liked the picture.
Q: Are you sure you are not related to Al Gore?
A: You are starting to bother me. No.