Donald Fallin, Psy.D.
licensed psychologist PSY16419

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psychotherapy ~ play therapy ~ custody evaluation ~ psychological testing
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Therapeutic Interventions

I provide a wide range of services in my practice.  The types of interventions and professional services I provide are listed and described below.


Psychotherapy helps individual adults and adolescents identify the root causes of problems, and creates an atmosphere for positive change.  The keys to successful psychotherapy are (a) a nonjudgmental, confidential environment, (b) empathy, and (c) revealing the unconscious material (e.g., memories, fears, painful experiences, anger, etc.) that generates current problems and symptoms.  Individual psychotherapy can successfully alleviate most psychological and interpersonal difficulties, including anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, trauma, relationship problems, anger, low self-esteem, academic and career problems, dealing with dysfunctional loved ones, and adjusting to life changes.

Couples Therapy:

Couples therapy is generally employed when a committed couple is experiencing problems within the relationship.  Most commonly, couples present with “communication problems” that can often be worked out in a short-term treatment.  Couples therapy is also appropriate when couples argue frequently, lack intimacy, or have major value conflicts regarding major issues like careers, in-laws, parenting, finances or sex.

Play Therapy:

Play therapy is a method of working with children or young adolescents.  For children, play is the primary mode of communication.  They naturally utilize play every day to process their lives.  It includes competition, creativity, conflict resolution, learning, emotional expression, self-soothing, frustration tolerance, and many other basic coping skills. Under most circumstances, children who are dealing with difficult life circumstances (divorce, abuse, peer problems, academic problems) attempt to cope through play.  Engaging in play with a trained therapist who is comfortable with children and familiar with the meaning of play can often help children to deal more effectively with stress and work through their painful experiences.  Play therapy is appropriate for any child who is part of a dysfunctional system, or who has emotional or social difficulties, and may include art, games, toys, story-telling, sand play, role-play, construction, and fantasy play.

Court-Related Services

People involved in family court and juvenile court disputes are often in need of a variety of psychological services.  The may be ordered by a judge or commissioner, recommended by a mediator, sought by an attorney, or simply be a method parents choose to help themselves cope with the conflict.

Reunification Therapy:

Reunification therapy is designed to repair the damage done to a parent-child relationship in some separated families.  Sometimes, either because a parent has real deficits that have hurt the child, or because the other parent has not supported the parent-child bond, a child refuses to love, be close to, or visit one parent, effectively becoming alienated from that parent.  Reunification therapy is generally time-limited work that may include various family members depending on the situation.

Co-parent Counseling:

Co-parent counseling is a targeted intervention for separated or divorced parents.  In high-functioning families, it allows the former couple to develop a new, constructive approach to raising their children in separate homes.  In high-conflict families, the goals of co-parent counseling are generally expanded to include conflict resolution, preventing alienation of the children, avoiding litigation, and finding ways to protect the children from the hostility between the parents.


Judges may order evaluations of many types for parents, including substance abuse, psychological, and child custody evaluations.  These are described fully in the next section.

Evaluations and Testing

Psychological Evaluation:

Psychological evaluation is a structured, time limited intervention that includes multiple history interviews, mental status evaluation, substance abuse assessment, and objective and projective personality testing.  Other psychological tests (intelligence tests, behavioral rating scales, non-clinical personality tests, neuropsychological screens, self-report questionnaires) may be included as well.  The goals of psychological evaluation are generally (a) to diagnose problems, and (b) to recommend appropriate interventions.  Psychological evaluations are often requested by judges, therapists, educators, parents or others who want to better understand an individual.  They usually conclude with a detailed, written report.

Child Custody Evaluation:

A child custody evaluation is a highly specialized, thorough and lengthy evaluation of an entire family system.  They are only conducted when ordered by a family court for the purpose of determining custody and visitation arrangements.  They include, at a minimum, psychological evaluations of both parents, parent-child observations, home visits, family history interviews, document review, and contacts with collateral sources.  The final report includes recommendations to the court regarding the best interests of the children.

ADHD Assessment:

An ADHD assessment is a targeted psychological evaluation, used to determine whether or not a child who is having academic problems has Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  The ADHD assessment includes history interviews with the parents, behavioral observation, play, academic record review, and behavioral rating scale assessments with parents and teachers.  Other psychological tests may be included.  Academic problems can have various causes (intellectual deficit, learning disability, depression, oppositional-defiant behavior and ADHD are the most common).  An ADHD assessment can provide clear guidance to parents about how best to help their children succeed academically.  ADHD assessments can also be done with adults who believe they have an attention problem.

Intelligence Testing:

Intelligence testing includes history interviews, review of academic records and administration of the Wechsler Intelligence Scales, the standard for determining intelligence quotient (I.Q.).  Intelligence testing can provide helpful information for adults who want to know more about their cognitive strengths and weaknesses, or for parents of children who are struggling with academics.

Specialty Evaluations:

Sometimes professionals, organizations, or employers require special evaluations, often labeled “psychological fitness” evaluations. (cosmetic surgeons, adoption agencies, insurance companies, law enforcement agencies).  The purpose of these is generally to ensure that the patient is capable of using good judgment, understands the implications and consequences of his or her decisions, and does not have a serious mental health problem that would undermine the situation in question. Under most circumstances, this can be accomplished in as few as one or two history and mental status interviews, and generally does not require psychological testing.  Rather than a report, a brief letter attesting to the patient’s mental fitness is prepared.

Other Professional Services

Adjunct Psychological Testing:

Some professionals are either inadequately trained to perform psychological testing, or prefer to have another professional provide this service for their patients.  In these situations, a psychologist can provide a psychological evaluation, producing diagnoses and recommendations that can aid the other professional in their interventions with the client.  When there is no need for a written report and telephone consultation between the professionals is sufficient, the fees are significantly reduced.

Professional Consultation:

Psychologists, counselors, therapists and other professionals who need support with their clients, or are interested in developing new competencies, are encouraged to consult with other professionals.  Dr. Fallin provides services as an individual professional consultant, and also participates in a monthly professional consultation group.

Expert Witness Testimony:

In some situations, a psychologist with expertise in a particular area may be called upon as an expert witness to express professional opinions and testify in trials.  Dr. Fallin is regularly qualified as an expert in child custody matters, and also has expertise in psychological testing, assessment, psychodiagnostics, play therapy, and family court related interventions of all kinds. 



The fee for all private-pay therapeutic interventions is $120 per hour.  Evaluation fees vary depending on the number of hours required, but are generally charged a flat-rate retainer.  Under some circumstances, therapy fees are reduced.  Psychology students and graduate are always offered a reduced fee.

Health Insurance

Dr. Fallin is an approved panel provider for a number of health insurance plans, all of which are listed in below.  Health plans not on this list may reimburse you for seeing an out-of-network provider, or will agree to a single-case contract for you.  Contact your insurance company for details about reimbursement rates and policies, deductibles, and co-payments.

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Pacificare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • Victim/Witness of Crime