FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is therapy for me?
I am going to do my best to help you find a way to answer this question for yourself. In order for me to help you answer this question, I'd like to first address a common misconception about therapy - you must be 'sick', 'disturbed', or 'messed up' to seek help. That is just not true. Although there are therapists that work with people who suffer from severe mental health issues, most people that seek out therapy are needing some help addressing every day life challenges and transitions.
If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of yourself, increase overall satisfaction in life, or you are feeling stuck in a particular area of your life, therapy may be what you need. Most of the clients I work with are well-adjusted, smart and successful people needing some help through the messier parts of being human. If you find that you can relate to this, or struggling with mental health related issues, I'd encourage you do seek out support.
What can I expect from the first session?
The first session will be a combination of me getting to know you and beginning a line of questioning and conversation around what your current challenges are and what you hope to gain from therapy.
I'll tell you a bit about me and what you can expect from me and invite you to ask any questions or voice any concerns. From there, I will invite you to tell more about what you are facing. I don't usually take notes; however, many therapists do and I will, from time to time.
Our conversations are confidential and you will have the space to speak openly without judgement or criticism. Sometimes, I will assign homework. Some examples of homework include having a difficult conversation that I help coach you through, creating a self care routine that fits you, creating an online dating profile, reading a book, or journaling.
Towards the end of the session, I will give you my initial observations and a plan of frequency of visits to help address the goals you've named. I will check in with you about how you felt the session went and if you are interested in rescheduling.
How do I schedule an appointment?
If you decide you'd like to schedule an intake session, I will schedule this with you over the phone or via email. I do my best to get you in as soon as possible. Depending on the flexibility of your schedule, I may get you in within a week. Sometimes it can be upwards of a few weeks.
You will then receive an email from me with the documents to fill out before our first session. This email will take you to the client portal where you will be given a login and password. This is the place you will enter in your demographic information, payment information, insurance information, answer intake questions and sign all consent documents.
You will then receive a reminder 24 hours before our first session, so long as you opt in to receive those reminders. You can choose text or email to receive those notifications.
What is the cost?
The initial intake is $200 for individual sessions and ongoing individual sessions are $150. The initial intake is $250 for couples and family sessions and ongoing couples and family sessions are $200.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not formally participate in insurance networks. The fee structure is as follows: the initial consultation is $200.00. Ongoing individual sessions are $140.00 and ongoing couples and family sessions are $185. Some of this may be reimbursed to you under non-network/out-of-network mental health insurance benefits. If you want to utilize your insurance benefits, you will need to call and ask what your coverage is and at what rate you would be reimbursed for working with an out-of-network therapist. I currently accept cash, checks or money orders and all major credit cards including Visa, MC, Discover, and AmEx. I also accept Health Savings Accounts and/or Flexible Spending Accounts.
What is your availability?
I work 9am - 4pm, Tuesday through Friday.
If you are interested and this sounds good to you, we can set up a free 10 minute phone consult to help us determine if we are a good fit and if I can help you with the challenges you're facing now.