Leon C Pereira PhD
Clinical & Behavioral Psychologist
45-955 Kamehamema Hwy, Suite 401
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: Call me. You may get my voice mail, especially if I am in session. I usually return calls the same day.
Q: Isn't seeking professional help a sign of weakness?
A: Unfortunately, few of us learn all of the adaptive coping, personal, interpersonal, parenting, and social skills that we need to live in today's complex world. Or, we may have developed some inappropriate or maladaptive skills. Therapy helps you develop the skills and strategies that you need to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
Q: How long will it take?
A: The duration of therapy varies depending on the types of problems you are experiencing and their severity. You should have gained some insight and made some progress in about 5 sessions. Initially, I will see you every week. As you make progress, the frequency will be reduced to once every 2 weeks. Ultimately, the frequency will be further reduced and discharge planning will be initiated.
It helps to think of therapy as having a beginning, middle, and end. Initially, together we review your history and current status and identify what issues and goals we will be working on. Then, we improve your insight and understanding, implement changes, develop better coping skills for you, etc. Finally, we maintain and build on gains, and eventually end therapy.
Q: Can I use my insurance?
A: Yes, I accept most health plans including, HMSA, TriCare, HMAA, HMA, UHA, Quest, and Kaiser Added Choice. I am also a provider for some EAPS. If you do not have insurance, or prefer to self-pay, a sliding scale fee is available.
Q: How much will it cost me?
A: Depending on your health plan, your co-payment can range between $8 and $25 per session. This is determined by your insurance company. I also charge you for the excise tax that is paid to the State of Hawaii.
Mo Tu We Th:
1 to 7 pm
9 am to 2 pm