"What can I expect during the first session?"
The first session is an opportunity for us to meet face-to-face. At this time, I'll provide a comprehensive assessment, which will take into account your personal history, present-day concerns, and what you might be hoping for in the therapeutic process. If you have specific goals for therapy and/or beyond, we'll talk about those, too. We can address any concerns or questions you have regarding therapy, and we’ll identify a plan together that you may choose to move forward with. If we agree to continue working together, therapy will begin during the following session. If, for any reason, you and/or I don't believe that working together is the best fit for you, I'll provide you with specific referrals based on the comprehensive assessment provided.
"How long will I be in therapy for?"
I aim for my clients to eventually become their own therapist so their reliance on treatment diminishes over time. I teach life-long skills to manage life’s ups and downs long after you leave the couch. Depending on your needs and goals, we can determine together how long would be most helpful and beneficial to you.
"How often do I need to come in?"
Therapy is most powerful when it's conducted weekly. This is verified by countless studies and my professional experience as a therapist. Without a doubt, I’ve found that clients who commit to weekly sessions for the duration of treatment make the greatest transformations. Occasionally, it may be appropriate to meet more or less often, depending on your needs.
"How long is an appointment?"
A standard individual session is 45 minutes long. Appointments are typically at the same day and time each week.
"Do you offer video or phone sessions?"
If you’re unable to make it to therapy in person, phone or video sessions are available on a case-by-case basis.
"I see the terms 'psychotherapy,' 'therapy,' and 'counseling,' out there. What’s the difference?"
Not much! They’re pretty much just different words for the same thing. Sometimes I also use the terms “treatment,” and “consulting,” as well. I use all of these words interchangeably to describe the process of working through what stands between you and your potential.
One word out there with a potentially different meaning is "coaching." There is no licensing requirement to market oneself as a coach, or life coach, however many licensed professionals offer coaching services. Be mindful of the training and experience of any practitioner you may consider working with.
"What is your cancellation policy?"
A full 48 hours' notice from the start time of your appointment is required for cancellations and rescheduling. When we schedule an appointment together, it’s time that I’m reserving specifically for you. A late cancellation or no-show doesn’t allow me to rearrange my schedule and you will be charged the full session fee.
"Do you offer a sliding scale?"
To provide the highest standard of care to each of my clients, I offer my services at a flat rate. Therapy is an investment of your time, money, and energy, and you deserve the best possible experience in return. By keeping the focus on our work together, rather than on financial negotiations, we can make the absolute most of your investment.
"Do you take insurance?"
I'm an out-of-network provider, which means I don’t accept payment from insurance companies directly. Your plan, however, may reimburse you a portion of your financial investment if you have out-of-network coverage.
Here are some questions to ask your insurance provider:
a. What are my mental health benefits?
b. Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor?
c. What is my deductible and have I met it?
d. What amount do you cover for out of network providers?
e. What credentials must my therapist have in order for me to receive reimbursement? (My therapist is an LMHC).
"Why don’t you take insurance?"
When a therapist accepts payment from an insurance company, in return, they must provide ongoing documentation of your treatment. Your privacy is important to me, and I believe your treatment should stay between us. Policy benefits change constantly, and often without warning – quite possibly at a crucial point in your therapy. By taking financial responsibility for your treatment, you are in full control of your services.