E60: How Paige bucked the norm and became a cash-pay-only Testing Psychologist in an industry dominated by insurance

In this episode, we’re speaking with Dr. Paige Hover, PsyD, a testing psychologist and practicing therapist in Chicago who specializes in working with anxious perfectionists to help them understand what underlying issues may be contributing to their struggles. 

Paige, a Lean In. MAKE BANK. Grad is going to get VERY real about the struggles she had trusting that she could actually build a cash-pay practice as in the world of testing psychology – a field dominated by insurance based practices. Her journey wasn’t easy and there were a lot of times she felt like giving up. Fortunately she persisted and she has reaped the clinical and financial rewards of playing the long game.


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In this episode, Paige will share:

  • Why she decided not to take insurance as a testing psychologist;
  • How she overcame the negative messages she received around going private pay as a testing psychologist;
  • The challenges that come with being a testing psychologist who does NOT take insurance in a field where so may testing psychologists DO take insurance;
  • How she navigated the limbo of coming from a working class family and ultimately becoming a doctoral level testing psychologist and how feeling like she doesn’t belong to either world are part and parcel of being upwardly mobile;
  • Specific steps you can take as a testing psychologist to charge premium fees without being on insurance.
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More about Paige

Dr. Paige Hover is a clinical psychologist who works with anxious perfectionists to manage anxiety, burnout and budding addiction concerns. She provides therapy and psychological/neuropsychological testing. She is licensed and practices in Illinois, New York and soon PSYPACT states!

Get in Touch: drhover@bigpicturepsych.com


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