Services

Getting Started

Licensed Psychologist

My goal is to provide coordinated, effective, and personalized psychological care.  My approach to treatment combines elements of empirically-supported (research based) cognitive and behavioral psychological interventions, within the context of a sensitive and interactive therapeutic alliance. I have specialized training to work with those individuals who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and those who are gender non-conforming, non binary, and/or transgender. 


I strive to create a safe and affirming space for exploration of the intersection of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, neurodiversity, disability/impairment status, national origin, sexual development, and sexual orientation in children, teens, and young adults. 


I am available to make school observations, consult with teachers and/or special education departments, develop

504 plans, and attend SST/MTSS or IEP meetings.  ***I do not conduct psychoeducational/psychological evaluations***


Self pay, sliding scale, and insurance accepted. I am a participating provider with the following insurers: Aetna, Amerigroup, and Blue Cross Blue Shield/Anthem.

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Appointments:
Telehealth appts are scheduled for existing clients. Please call (706-431-3711) or email drshayne@drshayneabelkop.com to receive an email with my electronic paperwork. You can sign and return everything to me confidentiality through my online client portal.  After your insurance has been verified, you will be cleared to schedule an appointment for you or your child. For children, upload any paperwork from the school or any previous psychological evaluations. For those who have a divorce decree, I will need a copy of the proceedings that specify custody of the child. The client portal is located at https://shayne-abelkop.clientsecure.me/


NOTE: ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE PROVIDED THROUGH TELEHEALTH at this time (March 15, 2020 onward)


Your first appointment: 
I will ask specific questions about you or your child's background history, history of previous treatment, current concerns, current medications, interests and strengths, and any recent stressors.  Through discussion, you and I will establish treatment goals for yourself or your child.  Confidentiality and the limits of confidentiality will be reviewed.  At the conclusion of the hour long session, I will state my treating diagnosis and offer recommendations for the frequency of sessions.  You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions, offer suggestions, provide input, and share your ideas about how treatment might work best for you and/or your child.

Email Policy:
Email is not a secure form of communication to discuss confidential information. To protect your sensitive information, please use the client portal to send secure messages to Dr. Abelkop. You are welcome to send emails if you understand that your information is not 100% secure and confidential. Given the nature of email, you should not use email when you are in a crisis or have an emergency.  

Phone Policy:
Established clients may have the need to call Dr. Abelkop outside of a regularly scheduled appointment.  The office accepts calls on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Please leave a message and I will try to return calls as soon as possible.  I usually limit out of session phone calls to 15 minutes.  Let's schedule another session if you have the need for more in-depth discussion.

Rescheduling and Canceling Appointments:
If you have the need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please call as soon as possible or at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment.  I will be happy to reschedule with you.  If you are a no-show and do not call to explain your absence, you will be charged for the missed appointment. 


Emergencies: