FAQs

Rates and Payment
As I change my rates periodically, please contact me to discuss my current rates. I do offer reduced fees in certain circumstances. If you do not think you can afford therapy, call or email me. Let’s see what we can figure out together.  If for some reason we cannot work together, I will work with you to find someone who can. Payment may be made at the beginning of each session by cash, check, or credit card.

Do you accept Insurance?
I currently do not accept insurance, howeverI may be able to help you offset the cost of therapy through the “Out of Network” option of your health plan. If needed, I can give you a statement of services to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Please check with your health insurance provider to determine whether you are allowed to get reimbursed. Prior to our first appointment, contact your insurer and ask the following questions:

  • Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?
  • How many mental health visits a year am I approved for?
  • Do I have a deductible and if so how much?
  • Is there a limit on out-of-pocket expenses per year?
  • What type of claim form process is required?
  • Do I need a pre-authorization and if so how do I get it?

What is your Cancellation Policy?
I require a minimum of 24 hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment for any reason. You will be charged your full fee for any missed appointment without 24-hour notice of cancellation.

Who should seek therapy?
The simple answer is that anyone can benefit from therapy. Psychotherapy is not only for individuals suffering from mental illness or for people in crisis. It is also useful for individuals who desire personal growth or an increase in their self-understanding. Therapy can help you improve your relationships and help you become the person you have always strived for.  Additionally, you may be able to identify symptoms, triggers, and healthy coping strategies that you can use throughout your life.

What issues do you treat?
I treat a wide variety of issues including depression (loneliness, unmotivated, hopeless), anxiety (worrying a lot about different things), relationship issues (problems trusting, conflict with family, in-laws, co-workers, finding a partner)and low self-esteem (never feeling good enough, lacking confidence in one’s abilities, undeserving of good things).

What happens during our Consultation and First Session?
Your consultation session is a time for us to determine if we will be a good fit, explore your reasons for seeking out therapy and your goals. If this is your first time seeking out therapy, it is a good time to ask any specific questions you may have about the process. After we have decided to start our work together we will schedule a first initial session. This first session will involve a detailed evaluation of your history and current life circumstances and how they contribute to your present concerns.

Does therapy need to be every week?
During the beginning stages of therapy I recommend appointments every week appointments. Weekly appointments are critical to establishing trust, continuity, and establishing and meeting goals. I have found that weekly sessions foster a faster, more stable, and deeper change. During the later stages of therapy, every other week appointments may be an option.

How long will I need to be in therapy?
The answer to this question varies based upon each person’s history and concerns.  Some people will find that they will only need a few months and other will need longer term depth work. We can discuss this more during your first sessions. When you are ready to terminate, it is helpful to have at least one session to go over the progress and changes you have made as well as to discuss future goals.

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