Do you take insurance?
Though I’m not an “in-network” provider with insurance companies, if you have out of network benefits, I can submit claims electronically on your behalf, so there’s no paperwork to fill out! If you aren’t sure what your benefits are, you can contact your insurance company directly and ask. If you need to stay within your insurance plan due to financial concerns, the best thing to do is go on their website and search for a behavioral health provider in your area. I do offer sliding scale/reduced fee on a case-by-case basis when possible. Therapy is an investment in yourself and your well-being!
Do you offer a free consultation?
Yes! I offer a free 30 minute consultation which will give us a chance to discuss your particular issues, what you are looking for in a therapist, and answer any questions you may have about the therapy process. At the end I’ll ask you how you’d like to proceed and there’s absolutely no obligation to make a commitment. If you just don’t feel like it’s a good fit, I encourage you to shop around. Finding the right therapist a little bit like dating; each person is different and not everyone will be a compatible match for you. If for whatever reason I don’t think I’ll be able to help you with the problems you are presenting, I’ll let you know and I can try to recommend someone else. You have nothing to lose!
Who are your typical clients?
I provide individual therapy to adults and adolescents ages 15 and up. I’m knowledgable and comfortable working with clients from all walks of life including those with non-mainstream lifestyles, and LGBTQIA+ community members. Typically my clients are a mix of folks at different stages in life. I work with college students, doctors, teachers, lawyers, new parents, and retirees. What they all have in common is that they are committed to improving their quality of life and are willing to invest the necessary time, money and energy into the treatment process.
How long do clients stay in therapy?
The time frame can vary from person to person depending on the types of issues we are addressing. Additionally, what you do in between sessions greatly impacts progress. You get out of it what you put into it! As for frequency, weekly sessions are required at the beginning for a minimum of 3 months (Phase one) because I’ve learned the hard way that anything less often results in a frustrating and tedious experience. It takes a while just for us to get to know each other before delving into deeper emotional work. As clients improve and make progress toward therapy goals, they then come biweekly for another 6-9 months (Phase 2) before ending therapy.
What are your fees?
*Free 30 minute consultation
*$125 for weekly sessions (60 mins)
*$150 for biweekly sessions (60 mins)
*$185 for 90 minute sessions as needed
*$230 for 120 minute sessions as needed
Forms of payment I accept are: Cash, check and all major credit cards including HSA or FSA cards. Many clients use HSA/FSA cards AND get some reimbursement from out of network benefits through their health insurance. I submit claims directly to your insurance on your behalf if you have out of network benefits so there’s no paperwork involved!
Do you use a 12-step model?
While I find a lot of value in 12-step
fellowships such as Alcoholics Anonymous, I don’t follow that model in my therapy practice. I have found that clients can greatly benefit from having more than one recovery program and it’s vital that they aren’t just relying on one hour of individual therapy per week to provide that for them! I strongly recommend that clients participate actively in some type of support network whether it’s a 12-step program or alternative group such as SMART Recovery. The difference between these two groups is that 12-step programs are faith-based (but not specific to any particular religion or spiritual path), whereas SMART Recovery is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (though it’s not run by a mental health professional).
The main benefits of being part of a support group is that it’s a way to hold yourself accountable and to get a sense of belonging in a non-judgmental atmosphere with other people who can relate to what you are going through. Obviously I’m not a crisis hotline or on-call service, so it’s absolutely necessary that you have other supportive people who will be there for you when you are struggling.