FAQs

 

Will therapy really help?

While there are no guarantees that therapy will work, the process can be very healing for many people. There are many factors involved in therapy, but I’ll work with you to choose the best approach based on your preferences, current research, and your needs, to maximize the effectiveness of our work together. Though it can be hard to take the initial step toward change, not taking the chance isn’t likely to lead to change either. I’ll help you develop a plan that you can feel confident about while giving you guidance throughout the process.

What’s different about your approach to therapy?

The therapy relationship is completely unique. It involves a level of trust, openness, and vulnerability not found in other helping relationships. Recognizing this, I come to the therapy relationship with authenticity, compassion, and transparency. I believe in honesty and the “what you see, is what you get” approach. While I bring tools to the table to help address your concerns, I value you as the expert in your life, giving you the control over the therapy process.

How long will I be in therapy?

Since therapy is individualized for each person, the length of time can vary from person to person. I encourage open discussion throughout the process regarding both of our perspectives on your progress and preferences moving forward.

Our conversations are confidential, right?

Absolutely! Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the counseling process. There are some exceptions, which we discuss in treatment, but they can be summarized as follows:

  1. If you intend to harm yourself or someone else
  2. Mandatory reporting responsibilities of abuse/neglect/dependency
  3. Court order or subpoena from a judge
  4. Per your request with a completed Release of Information form

Outside of these situations, our work is confidential. If disclosure is needed for any other reason, you and I will discuss this prior to disclosure being made for proper planning.

Can therapy really help with medical problems?

Research has shown that the relationship between our physical and mental health is inseparable. Physical illness can be a significant contributing factor to concerns such as anxiety, depression, social isolation, trauma and PTSD, and more. By targeting these concerns in therapy, some may find that the symptoms and effects of some physical health concerns can be decreased and made more tolerable. Effective therapy often uses techniques to teach coping, relaxation, mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, and whole body and lifestyle wellness to address the individual as a whole.

Will you consult with my doctors if I need that?

Having your treatment team collaborating for your benefit is a vital part of helping you manage your wellness. If desired, and with a signed Release of Information form, I am happy to collaborate with any providers with whom you may be working.

Let’s talk money.  How much is this going to cost me?

At present, my fees for therapy services are as follows:

  • Initial phone consult – 15 minutes, free
  • Intake/Assessment session – 60-90 minutes, $130
  • Individual/family therapy – 60 minutes, $110
  • Tele-therapy services – same as above

Any fees related to additional services are outlined in the financial agreement included in my client documentation.

Do you accept insurance?

I currently accept most BCBS insurance plans and will gladly file on your behalf, if desired. For other insurance plans, I am an out-of-network provider. This means that while I do not accept your insurance directly, upon request I will provide you with a superbill that can be provided to your insurance provider for possible reimbursement of my fees. I am also happy to file with your insurance on your behalf as a courtesy to save you that extra step. However, in either case I encourage you to verify your benefits with your insurance provider before beginning services if you plan to seek reimbursement.

I have found it helpful to also point out a couple of items related to insurance for therapy.

  1. For insurance plans with a high deductible, therapy services may be able to be applied toward the deductible. In these instances, the superbill can be very helpful.
  2. Using insurance does result in some of your confidential information being shared with your insurance provider. For instance, in order for most insurance companies to reimburse for therapy, they require a mental health diagnosis, which becomes a part of your medical record.

One benefit of not using insurance is that you have greater control of how your confidential mental health information is used. If you have additional questions about this topic, please feel free to contact me, and we can discuss this further.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, check, credit card (all major cards accepted), and most HSA cards. You may wish to verify with your HSA provider that therapy services are covered.