I’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions that I have received over my career. It’s normal and encouraged for clients to ask many questions when choosing to work with a Licensed Psychotherapist. Here are some answers to the questions I receive the most. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch.
What is therapy and how does it help?
Therapy is a process of exploring thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationship patterns. This happens in the context of a trusting relationship with a trained professional who is invested in seeing you thrive. Therapy is a unique process to each individual and no two people will ever be able to say they “did therapy” the same way.
In my practice, therapy always involves a few defining elements: time set aside for you and only you; a trained professional who is an expert at hearing what you are saying, what you are not saying and how you are saying (or not saying) it; an exploration of the experiences and relationships that have molded your life up to this point; a focus on the ways in which you’d like your life to change; and identification and training of emotional skills that will help you to get there. For more information on the therapy process, check out the article from Psychology Today, "What is Therapy?"
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Therapy should be accessible to EVERYONE and for this reason, I have a limited number of reduced fee weekly sessions (based on financial hardship). Please contact me to discuss this further.
How often will I meet with you?
Therapy works best when sessions are weekly. Momentum is important and I want my clients to get everything they possibly can out of the time they commit to the process. Sometimes people want to meet less frequently, but then find themselves making slower progress and end up remaining in therapy longer. For this reason, I will always recommend meeting weekly. But, I am always open to discussing a less frequent schedule for sessions if my schedule allows and if it is appropriate for the client based on my clinical judgement.
Do you accept insurance and/or HSA/FSA?
I am ONLY contracted with Aetna insurance company. It is important to me that therapy remain 100% confidential (that your mental health information is not shared with any outside entity, including insurance); and that treatment is aligned with what is best for the client rather than what is best for the insurance company.
Upon request, I can provide documentation for any insurance provider for out-of-network reimbursement. Insurance often reimburses at least a portion of your therapy costs when handled this way, or at least allows you to count your fees toward your deductible.
I have created this page to help provide a guided process to obtaining insurance reimbursement for services.
I accept payment in form of check, credit card and FSA/HSA cards.
All paperwork and payment is paperless using the client portal, and most clients opt for automatic payments using this portal.
How long does each therapy session take?
A free 20 minute phone consultation is provided to discuss your needs and what I offer as a therapist.