FAQ

What kind of people do you tend to work with?


Most of my clients are intelligent, successful women who are experiencing some trouble in their life (relationship difficulties, life transitions, sadness, anxiety) or feel ready to move beyond some past issue or limitation to create a more fulfilling life. I also have extensive experience and training assisting children, teens and families struggling with; divorce, remarriage, loss and grief among others. I work very effectively with children and teens who are experiencing excessive sadness/worrying, have low self-esteem and kids who need extra support during a difficult time in their life.




How long does therapy last?


The length of therapy is variable. Some people come in for short term/solution focused therapy, while others find it beneficial to continue for longer. It really depends on what your needs are. Usually, I see clients from 4 weekly sessions to start with, and then we can check in from there to see what feels right; whether to continue, or if your needs were met by those initial sessions.




How often would I come in?


Most clients start weekly, especially the first few weeks. My experience is that this provides the best momentum for creating and sustaining change in their lives.




What can I expect from the first session?


People usually experience a great feeling of relief in the first session from having been able to unload their burden to someone else, especially someone who will take it in without judging them, and who helps people overcome similar burdens. I want you to know that I understand that taking this first step is not always easy, and I will treat you with respect and understanding.




Are you accepting new clients?


I limit my practice to 20 sessions per week so that I may bring full-attention and energy to my clients. I am offering in person appointments on Tuesdays and virtual appointments Monday through Saturday.




Do you do couples counseling?


Currently, I do not offer couples counseling. If you would like a recommendation for a couples therapist, please call me and I’d be happy to give you some referrals.




Do I really need therapy?


You might be thinking "My problems aren't real problems. Other people have it so much worse." If your problem is causing you or a loved one emotional pain, there are doctors who can help. Just like you would call a doctor if you or your child were experiencing physical discomfort - like a toothache or a sprained ankle. You don’t have to suffer or wait for your discomfort to get worse. There are trained mental health counselors to help ease your emotional pain.




What's the difference between talking to you or talking to my best friend or family?


Mental health professionals have specialized training in helping people achieve mental wellness in a safe, confidential, and structured way. Sessions focus on teaching you new skills, providing unbiased support, listening to you without judgment or expectations, and helping you find real solutions. Having a friend or family member in your support team is important. However, processing painful emotions, deep beliefs, and vulnerable experiences may not feel comfortable, appropriate, or safe with those in your support team. As a mental health counselor, my job is to support you as you explore all aspects of your mental wellness.




What about medications?


I provide talk therapy and don't prescribe medications. Although medication can be effective, sometimes clients want to meet with a therapist also to discuss options. I honor and respect each individual client's process and many people benefit and reach their goals with therapy alone. Depending on your history, presenting symptoms, and goals, we can discuss if getting a psychiatric evaluation is an appropriate part of your treatment plan. My personal belief is “skills, not just pills."




What are your rates?


My fee is $190 per 50 minute session.




What forms of payment do you accept?


Payment options include cash, checks, all major debt/credit cards as well as HSA/FSA cards. Clients are required to provide a preferred payment method at intake, which stays on file and is used for all payments unless a change is requested by the client.




Do you accept insurance?


I accept "out-of-network" benefits. You can contact your insurance company to find out if you have out-of-network benefits for mental health. I provide you with a document that you can submit to your insurance, which is called a superbill. Depending on your insurance, they may provide partial reimbursement for the sessions.




Can insurance provide partial reimbursement for sessions?


Yes, usually! It’s best to contact your insurance directly to ask about your “out-of-network” benefits.

You always have the option of submitting a receipt of our sessions to your insurance company for partial reimbursement. Your insurance company will reimburse you based on services received from an "out-of-network provider." Please let me know if you would like me to provide you with a monthly invoice for you to send to your insurance company.

You may need these CPT codes, which identify the services being provided.

  • 90791- initial diagnostic evaluation
  • 90834- individual therapy session
  • 90846- family session

Questions to ask insurance:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much does my plan cover for a therapy session?





FORMS

Please print and fill out these forms prior to your initial appointment. All new clients need to complete the Intake Packet. If the clients is a minor, please also complete the Minor's Agreement form.

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If you have a question or you’re ready to get started, I’m here to help.  Let’s get you started on a path to healing.  You deserve to feel better.

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