How long are therapy sessions?
Individual and couples sessions typically last 55 minutes. Frequency of sessions varies depending on individual needs but are usually once per week.
How much does therapy cost?
My fee for individual psychotherapy sessions, out of pocket, is $150.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, and Aetna. I am also able to file claims as an out of network provider.
What your hours?
I offer day-time, and select evening appointments during the week. My availability is by appointment only. Walk-in therapy is not available.
What is your cancellation policy?
A twenty-four hour cancellation notice is required to avoid being charged for the full session. Please note that insurance companies do not reimburse for cancelled sessions; in case of less than 24 hour notice, you will be responsible for the full session fee.
What types of problems do you treat?
I treat a general population of clients who are working on a variety of problems. These include life changes or events; the need to improve functioning at work or school; the wish to have better quality relationships; problems in personal or emotional functioning; cultural issues; or stress and trauma.
What are the benefits of using insurance vs. self-pay?
The benefit of utilizing insurance is that for most people, the cost of therapy is much lower as the insurance company will cover most of the fee. It is recommended that you contact the insurance company prior to your first appointment to find out about your plan’s coverage for psychotherapy. You can do this by calling the customer service number on the back of your insurance card and asking about your “outpatient mental health coverage.” It is also important to learn about your out-of-network coverage including: Copayment or co-insurance, your deductible amount, whether preauthorization or certification is necessary, how many visits are allowed, and if there are any restrictions on your policy.
Some clients prefer to not use their medical benefits for therapy services. Not using your insurance does provide some advantages: You will not have to release any information to your insurance and we will be able to meet for as many sessions as you choose whereas most insurance companies limit the number of sessions an individual can utilize in a single year.
What forms of payment are accepted?
I accept cash, check, or credit card payments. I ask that you pay for your therapy at the time of service.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. Occasionally, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.