I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
Engaging in psychotherapy is an investment of effort, finances, and time, but the benefits can be far-reaching and long-lasting. I charge $160 per 50-minute session and can schedule longer sessions pro-rated based on this fee. I am committed to making therapy available to those who need it, so I reserve some reduced-fee slots for those experiencing financial difficulty. Please ask about availability.
I am considered an out-of-network provider, and you may be able to use your insurance if your benefits plan offers coverage for out-of-network providers. Most plans provide this coverage, and often the out-of-pocket expense is quite affordable. Please contact your insurance company to determine your reimbursement coverage. After you pay me the full session fee, I will provide a monthly statement containing necessary information for you to submit to your insurance company, which will then reimburse you directly.
I’d recommend asking these questions to your insurance provider to help determine your benefits:
- Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?
- Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
- Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
- Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?
I accept cash, check and all major credit cards as forms of payment.
If you are unable to attend a scheduled session, you must cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. You will be charged for no-shows and for appointments cancelled with less than 24-hours notice. I appreciate your respect of this policy!!
Any Other Questions
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!