Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE COST PER SESSIONS?
My professional fee is $125 per session, if not using insurance. I accept cash and credit/debit card payments in the office at the start of your session.
WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL A SESSION?
I ask that you please notify me by phone or email at least 24 hours prior to your session to cancel or reschedule. Providing sufficient notice will allow me to offer the session to another person in need. Failure to do so will result in you being charged a $50 fee to be paid prior to your next session in addition to the fee of your session. My 24 – hr cancellation will be strictly enforced to protect my time, offer the session to other clients, and to assist you in valuing and prioritizing your session.
WHAT IF I’M LATE?
You are expected to arrive on time and participate in the entirety of your session. Because I may have a session scheduled immediately after yours, the start and end time of your session cannot be modified without sufficient notice. You will be charged a $35 fee in the event that you arrive later or must leave early.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
Yes, I am currently on a limited list of insurance panels. Please verify with me that I am listed as in-network with your insurance before scheduling your first appointment.
WHY DON’T YOU ACCEPT ALL INSURANCES?
Insurance companies require a diagnosis to pay for sessions. Your diagnosis permanently becomes part of your medical record. You may be seeking assistance with self-esteem issues or life transitions, for example, that may not require a hard diagnosis that insurance companies pay for. Your insurance company determines the length of therapy – how many sessions they will cover, and also the course of therapy – what treatment interventions should be used. Your insurance company can review therapists’ notes at anytime. I’ve decided to refrain from getting on all insurance panels in order to maintain complete confidentiality and collaboratively work with you only, to identify treatment goals and interventions for therapy.
WILL MY INSURANCE REIMBURSE ME?
Being that I am not on all insurance panels, if I do not accept your insurance then I would be considered as an “out-of-network” provider. Most insurance companies provide “out-of-network” insurance benefits that cover mental health services in full or in part. I will provide the necessary receipts/paperwork for you to file claims with your health insurance company.
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
A term used to describe the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral issues, generally through “talk therapy” with a trained mental health professional.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO BE IN THERAPY?
It is common for clients to attend at least one session a week, for less than a year to address treatment goals. Length and course of treatment varies for each client.
DOES THERAPY GUARANTEE TO FIX MY PROBLEMS?
There are NO guaranteed outcomes. However, therapy can result in you learning effective tools to manage difficult situations, develop a deeper understand of yourself; reduction in feelings of distress, provide relief of issues, and lead to a more fulfilled life.
CAN YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICINE?
No. Master’s level clinicians such as myself cannot prescribe medication. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in psychiatry. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication, as well as Nurse Practitioners, and your PCP – primary care physician. Psychologists have obtained Doctoral degrees and are trained to administer and interpret psychological testing. In the event that you are needing or requesting prescription medication and/or psychological testing in addition to psychotherapy, I will make necessary referrals.
WHAT TYPES OF THERAPIES ARE AVAILABLE?
Individual therapy is private sessions with the therapist to treat specific issues. Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which typically 1-2 therapists work with 6-12 clients with related problems. There are two types of groups, process-oriented groups, and psychoeducational groups. Process-oriented group therapy allows for participants to gain support and encouragement from other members of the groups, and also put into practice actions and behaviors learned in individual sessions, in a safe and secure environment. The experience of being in the group can drive growth, healing, and change. Therefore, thoughts, feelings, and experiences are processed. Psychoeducational groups focus on providing education, resources, and information on specific topics. These topics are discussed and explored as well as ways to manage and cope. Group therapy is generally cost-effective. Many psychotherapists recommend group therapy in addition to individual therapy sessions
HOW CAN I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
Call me or email me to schedule an appointment. I will respond within 24 hours.
I’M NOT SURE THERAPY IS FOR ME. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation where we can discuss any of your questions and concerns about the therapeutic process. I will also share with you my approach to therapy and more about Workout Couch. This will help both of us to determine if we are a good fit for one another.