Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance and how do I pay for sessions?
I cannot bill insurance at this time as I am in the process of becoming credentialed to accept insurance. However, I am happy to provide a receipt for out-of-network reimbursement. Be sure to check with your insurance company prior to session to determine Out-Of-Network benefits. Keep in mind that payment is expected at the time of service, and that reimbursement is the responsibility of the client.
Why do people go to therapy?
People generally come to therapy when they get fed up with feeling stuck, bored, sad, depressed, easily triggered, or unfulfilled. They feel that they need someone to truly listen and make space for their challenges and difficulties without judgement. Sometimes life events such as relationship loss, divorce, world event, or child moving out of home brings up painful feelings. Reasons for coming to therapy are as unique as individuals themselves, though in general people come to therapy for deep understanding and support.
How does therapy work?
Counseling begins with an initial meeting with the therapist to gather information and history in order to develop a plan to meet each individual’s/couple’s needs. Counseling may include individual, group, and/or family sessions.
What will we discuss in therapy?
Therapy is a process of self-discovery where together, we will work to learn who you are. We will examine your relationship style, core beliefs, and instinctual attitudes in which you engage in your world. You will be invited to share about whatever feels important to you. This safe and confidential environment will hopefully allow you have a new experience of yourself as grounded and connected.
How long is a typical psychotherapy session and how often will I meet with my therapist?
Most sessions are weekly and 50 minutes in length, however your therapist may suggest meeting longer or more frequently depending on your needs and goals. Sessions with couples are often scheduled for 60 to 90 minutes. Please discuss your counselor's approach to session frequency and length during your first session.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
The length of therapy is dependent on many factors, including your goals, how frequently and consistently you attend sessions, your level of motivation for change, and the type of concerns or issues you are addressing in therapy. In general, recent situational stresses or problems can be addressed in fewer sessions than longer-standing issues, or situations involving trauma or abuse. Of course, therapy is a collaborative process, and we encourage you to share your preferences with your counselor.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. To derive the most from therapy, attend your sessions regularly. If you are struggling with excess alcohol or drug consumption, it is generally recommended that you abstain from substance use at least 24 hours before your sessions.
What if I cannot make it to a session? What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations within 24 hours of your session time incur the full fee. This policy is representative of the industry standard within the counseling and psychotherapy professions. You will find that therapy works best and produces long lasting change when appointments are regular and consistent.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Yes, it is well known that therapist confidentiality is a crucial component to successful therapy. I will adhere to strict HIPPA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines which protect your privacy. However, it is important to note times when this confidentiality must be broken, like when a clients says they plan to hurt themselves or someone else. Or, when using insurance, you may have to send diagnostic information to the insurance company to obtain payment. We will go over limits of confidentiality together so that you can understand my legal obligations around this important topic.
What if I need or want to consider medication in addition to therapy?
Medication can often be helpful in supporting a person to feel a greater sense of well-being. If you are suffering from persistent or debilitating depression, anxiety or other troubling symptoms, and are interested in exploring whether medication might be helpful, we can discuss. If you are interested in exploring this option, your therapist will either refer you to a psychiatrist for a consultation, or help you in obtaining a referral through other means.
Do you have evening or weekend availability?
I will do my best to create a schedule that provides availability to those who must meet outside of those "regular" business hours. Lets talk about your needs so that we can determine options for making therapy accessible to you.
What is Telehealth?
Online sessions are provided through Simple Practice Teletherapy. With audio and video over the internet, you can meet with me from your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device (iOS or Android). It allows us to connect anywhere with secure and convenient appointments that saves you time and hassle.