As is apparent from his background, Dr. Cox has a wide range of psychotherapeutic experience working with diverse problems in a number of settings. This work has helped him learn about a broad range of human experience as well as how best to make a difference.
Using different approaches and resources, psychotherapy with Dr. Cox helps clients deal with issues that have caused severe turmoil, cope with current stresses and pressures, and build resilience. His goal is to provide service of sufficient scope, depth, and consideration that clients effectively resolve problems, reduce or eliminate emotional distress, and build skills needed to cope with future stresses.
While he sees clients from all walks of life, many of his clients tend to cluster into three areas of specialization:
One concerns men dealing with the stresses and pressures of life, particularly mid-life and later-life issues. These problems are often exacerbated by a traditionally masculine approach to emotional crises. Men can approach life with an attitude that says that intense focus and hard work will fix any problem. So, instead of dealing with the depressive issues involved, they often do more of whatever helped create the problem in the first place. As might be expected, this approach probably worsens the problem, and it can result in increasing withdrawal from family and friends, irritability, and depression. Dr. Cox tries to help men feel comfortable addressing depression in a manner which helps resolve these underlying problems efficiently and effectively.
A second group involves people recovering from coronary heart disease. Many of these folks have had a heart attack, angioplasty, and/or by-pass surgery. Studies indicate that between 15% and 20% of these patients also experience depression. The incidence of depression is even higher among those who experience congestive heart failure. Obviously, psychotherapy does not cure heart disease. What a short course of psychotherapy can do is reduce depression, enhance adherence to medication and cardiac rehabilitation, and improve quality of life. Dr. Cox utilizes a program of between 6 and 16 sessions, typically, to focus specifically on remission of the moderate-to-severe depression that can accompany coronary heart disease.
Dr. Cox also works with a number of young adults experiencing a "failure to launch." These young people struggle with a sense of direction after high school, and they seem to have difficulty landing in an educational or career path. Often, they continue to live at home and work at a part-time job, showing little initiative to move into the next chapter of life. Dr. Cox helps clients understand the emotional blocks they are experiencing, develop a more positive sense of self, and formulate concrete steps to stimulate movement toward independent living.
- Work with children and adolescents. Dr. Cox's practice is limited to adults.
- Psychological testing. If formal testing is requested or desired, several colleagues do a beautiful job. Dr. Cox will be happy to provide their names and phone numbers on request.
- Primary substance abuse (alcohol or drug) issues. Dr. Cox occasionally works with individuals who deal with substance abuse problems that are secondary to emotional issues (such as those who treat depression with alcohol). Should you need assistance in dealing with substance abuse, he will be happy to refer you to a colleague who specializes in this field.
- Forensic work, disability evaluations, child custody evaluations, or testimony as an expert witness. Again, several colleagues specialize in these lines of work, and Dr. Cox will happily refer you to them.
- Medication management. Dr. Cox is a clinical psychologist. He is not licensed to prescribe medication. Should you need to talk about medication you are taking (or might like to take), contact your family doctor or a psychiatrist.
- Participate in insurance panels. As of January 1, 2019, Dr. Cox no longer participates in insurance panels. You might want to use your insurance benefits, and it is important to find out whether you have out-of-network benefits. Call your insurance customer service department to determine your out-of-network benefits.