About PIPThe Phoenix Institute for Psychotherapy – Mental Health Center (PIP-MHC) provides therapy and assessment services for children, adolescents, adults, marriages, relationships, and families. We do NOT work with any insurance payments, but we do provide some services on a modified sliding scale basis. PIP-MHC also provides practicum and post-doctoral training to psychologists and other mental health professionals.PIP-MHC is a group of clinical psychologists and post-doctoral supervisees committed to creating and maintaining clinical psychology training opportunities in private and community-based settings to benefit children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples who are in need of mental health services. The theoretical and philosophical emphases of our approach are mainly Contemporary Psychoanalytic and Existential-Humanistic. Cognitive-behavioral strategies and other techniques are employed as needed. Our mission is to provide in-depth and on-going services with an open-ended commitment to our patients for as long as it might be beneficial to them to avail themselves of our services. 

Contemporary Psychoanalysis

Contemporary Psychoanalysis offers a modern approach for an in-depth understanding of how psychological problems are formed and offers a new way to help people resolve deep emotional and relationship problems. Contemporary Psychoanalysis emphasizes the evolving relationship between the therapist and the patient. A trusting therapeutic relationship provides the safe ground to unearth early childhood experiences, relationship issues, and dream analysis that might illuminate present difficulties. A balance of attention is placed on the past, present, and imagined future.


Existential-Humanistic Psychology

Existential-Humanistic therapies focus on helping the patient understand their particular situation in life, help them make better sense of it, and help the patient identify and act on options that are available to them. The starting point in this process is empathizing with the patient and understanding how they see the world and their life-span. Once this relationship is established, truly significant change can take place. Existential-Humanistic theories also believe that people are inclined towards growing as a person and creating meaning in their lives. A trusting confidential relationship between the therapist and patient is the primary means of accomplishing this. Sensitivity to our mortality is always maintained.


Multi-modal Multi-Member Individual and Family Psychoanalytic Therapy (Mm Mm Psa)

Multi-modal Multi-Member Individual and Family Psychoanalytic Therapy (Mm Mm Psa) is an integrated system of contemporary psychoanalytic therapies designed by Dr. Salomon to maximize the abilities of the therapist and the patient in the context of his/her social relationships and family dynamics (Salomon, 2009). Mm Mm Psa therapy aims to balance the needs of self-interest and self-love with the needs to love, care, and understand the needs of others. The therapist helps each individual, as well as the family system attain their highest level of mental health. The Mm Mm Psa therapist values an emotionally close relationship with each family member, as this is believed to be the most effective way to identify the perspectives of each individual. Within these intimate relationships, the therapist believes that he/she can facilitate constructive change in terms of perceptions, attitudes and emotional experience to meet the needs of each member of the family. The family or relationship system is the identified patient.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does PIP-MHC accept insurance?

We do not work with any insurance companies. When it comes to mental health, insurance companies tend to put too many restrictions on quantity of visits, time per visit, etc. Instead, we focus on the best solution as decided by the therapist and the patient. You can, of course, consider submitting to your insurance company for reimbursement; if there is anything we can provide to assist you with this, just let us know.

What are the fees at PIP-MHC?

Every patient has different circumstances, and our fees may vary based on many factors. Please call us at 602-870-0991 to discuss your situation. We do offer some services on a modified sliding scale basis.

What makes PIP-MHC an “institute”?

We are an “institute” because we have a training arm known as ACCPT-G, which is the Arizona Community Clinical Psychology Training – Group. We are authorized to train early mental health professionals in psychoanalytic therapy/assessment and existential-humanistic therapy/assessment.

What are your office hours?

Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 9:00pm, and on Saturday from 9:00am until 3:00pm. Call us at 602-870-0991 to schedule your appointment.

How long does therapy take to work?

Everyone has different circumstances, so it’s impossible to say without discussing a plan with your therapist. Often, the first six sessions or six weeks (whichever is longer), are used as an assessment period. After that point, an estimate of further sessions can be given.

How much experience does the staff at PIP-MHC have?

Dr. Felix Salomon, founder of PIP-MHC has been working as a clinical psychologist for over 38 years, and as a clinical psychologist for more than five years. The staff at PIP-MHC is at various stages of their careers, and you can learn more about each of them our Staff page. The various specialties and disciplines covered at PIP-MHC can be found on our Services page.

What makes Dr. Salomon’s approach unique?

Dr. Salomon’s style has been described as “old-fashioned”, “Freudian-based”, and classical or traditional therapy. Unlike many therapists, Dr. Salomon uses an approach that combines Freudian psychotherapy with contemporary psychoanalytic theories. Childhood experiences, dream interpretation, daytime fantasy, and the primacy of emotional experiences and emotions all come together to form the causal level of a person’s problems. Dr. Salomon addresses not just the symptoms a patient is experiencing, but the cause of those symptoms; this approach allows the patient and doctor to accomplish goals that are set together. This form of therapy is open-ended, and Dr. Salomon works with each person as long as is needed.
Other members of our staff may incorporate other approaches to therapy.

Call us at 602-870-0991 to discuss your needs and goals, and we will match you with one of our experienced staff members who is best suited to your needs.