Where is your office located?
Do you accept insurance?
In most cases I am an out-of-network provider.
Most insurance plans cover out-of-network providers after a deductible is met. I can provide the statements you need, called Superbills, that contain all the clinical information your insurance company requires for you to receive partial reimbursement (usually b/t 30% – 70% that goes directly to you).
Contact your insurer directly (# on back of your card) for specific details about out-of-network behavioral health coverage, including deductible and reimbursement amount, so you can plan your finances for therapy. You will be responsible for full payment at the time of the appointment.
Be aware, once you submit this information to your insurance company, I have no control regarding the confidentiality of the information. Nor, do I have control of how much your insurance reimburses you
Are there other considerations for me to think about if I want to use insurance to pay for therapy?
Please consider carefully the fact that insurance companies require mental health professionals to assign a psychiatric diagnosis that becomes a part of your permanent health record. There are potential risks involved.
People have been denied employment, military entrance, life insurance policies, and future health coverage due to having a psychiatric diagnosis and record of treatment.
Also, insurance companies typically only cover services that are considered “medically necessary”. This puts some limitations on how, and when, insurance can be used.
If your employer provides your insurance, the employer may be informed of your participation in treatment, a technical breach of confidentiality.
Many opt not to utilize insurance for psychotherapy for these, and other reasons.
How much do you charge?
I charge $150 for a 50-minute therapy session. If longer sessions are needed, they can be scheduled.
Remember your out-of-network benefits will reimburse a good portion of this fee.
Do you have a sliding scale?
From time to time I have openings and am able to work with people for a reduced fee. If you need a reduced fee, please feel free to call me regarding current availability of reduced fee slots.
What age ranges are your clients?
I see adults from age 18 through elder years.
How do I pay for sessions?
Payment is expected at the time of service. I accept cash, personal check, credit card, or Zelle. You may use your HSA benefits.
I will provide a monthly statement with the information you need for reimbursement from your HSA account. Unlike insurance companies, HSA’s typically do not require clinical information (such as diagnosis) for reimbursement.
What is the free initial phone consultation?
This 15-20 minute phone consultation is an opportunity for me to get an idea of what issues you would like to address in therapy and for us to get to know one another a bit.
Please feel free to ask questions about my work, background, and the therapy process, plus anything else you can think of. This conversation allows us the chance to chat and decide whether we are a good fit to work together.
Do you offer Couples Counseling?
No, I primarily see individuals. Individual work helps you better understand yourself and the patterns you bring to each relationship, whether it’s with a partner, a family member, or a friend. Sometimes,for the appropriate individual client, I offer a few sessions in which the partner can attend if you just need a therapist to help you through a specific situation.
How long will therapy take?
It’s a completely reasonable question, but with no easy answer
The simplest answer is that therapy ends when you feel you’ve completed the work you came to therapy to do.
Some people feel better and get what they need after just a few sessions. For others, it’s a longer process. I want you to feel better as fast as possible. Let’s work for change that is rapid, not rushed.
As long as you are benefiting, I’m able, and willing, to work with you on a short or long-term basis. Ultimately, the decision is always in your hands.
How often are therapy sessions scheduled?
Usually weekly, especially in the early stages of therapy.
We can evaluate what works best for your individual needs. Consistency is key. If there’s too much gap between sessions, momentum can be lost, and it can feel like you’re starting at the beginning each time.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Once your appointment is scheduled, that time is reserved for you. I request a minimum of 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel. Otherwise, you’ll be required to pay the full cost of the session.
I consider our work together to be valuable. Therefore, I will not cancel our session without serious reason. I request the same consideration from you
What should I expect during the first appointment
I have an easy manner to help you relax. We’ll spend some time getting to know one another and begin to develop an understanding of what’s going on.
We’ll talk about your concerns, how long you’ve been struggling, and discuss enough family and social history for me to understand your experience. We’ll also review forms that I have sent you in advance.
Do you assign homework?
I sometimes assign some work between sessions, but not like the stuff you did in school.
Assignments are customized for you and your therapy goals. They’re practical, to help you develop the insight and skills you can use today and throughout your life.
For example, I may recommend you read an article, watch a relevant video, check out a website, or complete a brief daily worksheet. Such assignments are selected to reinforce ideas we discuss in sessions and add momentum to the therapy process.
Do you work with people from diverse backgrounds and sexual identities?
Yes. People of all faiths (or no faith), ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations are welcomed and affirmed.
How can therapy help me?
I’ll share my expertise, knowledge, and compassion to help you address your concerns and move forward in life.
Therapy can help you:
- Reduce the worrisome symptoms of anxiety, panic, depression, sorrow, flashbacks, shame, guilt, anger.
- Grieve appropriately, honoring and releasing the pain of loss, separation, divorce, neglect, abuse, abandonment.
- Quiet the inner critic voices that lead to worry, fear, discouragement, and despair.
- Establish and maintain healthy boundaries so you can have better, more fulfilling relationships at home and at work.
- Bolster your capacity to bounce back from Life’s hard knocks and transition to higher ground.
- Regain emotional balance.
- Develop a compassionate, loving relationship with yourself.
- Find greater clarity about your purpose and direction in life.
I invite you to look around my website to learn more about therapy with me.