“With the opening of this office, we will be able to broaden our reach to people who have Parkinson’s,” executive director Jerry Henberger said, “and they will have a convenient access to the association’s Minds and Motion program, close to where they see their primary physicians.”
Clinical psychologist Arika Johnson will be seeing patients.
Johnson said adjustment and difficulty accompany a diagnosis like Parkinson’s; almost always, patients and families don’t know what it’s going to look like in the future.
“At any point, whether from the first diagnosis or 15 years later, most people will struggle with stress, feeling worried and anxious about the condition,” Johnson said. “Usually, medical doctors are quite good at trying to manage the physical symptoms, but progressively, there’s a huge need to address the nonmotor, nonphysical symptoms. That’s what we do.”
The association provides therapeutic support groups, one-on-one counseling and family counseling to people who have Parkinson’s disease, members of their families, caretakers, and others who may be experiencing stress, depression and anxiety associated with the condition of Parkinson’s, as well as others with movement disorders.
The association accepts insurances including Medicare and Medi-Cal. It also offers private-pay and sliding-scale rates for those with no insurance.
Call (877) 737-7576 for an appointment.