I’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions that I have received over my career. It’s normal and encouraged for patients and clients to ask many questions when choosing to work with a licensed professional. 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 can I expect from my therapy sessions?
Therapy sessions are typically between 50-55minutes. During the initial session, I will spend time getting to know more of your history and what brings you into therapy. We will discuss goals of therapy, and I can answer any questions you may have about therapy, my experience, and what to expect in sessions moving forward. After the initial session, you will direct the sessions as to what topics we discuss and what you would like to cover--you are in charge!
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
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. It's a guaranteed to be completely devoted to you. It's a place where you do not have to apologize for your emotions and instead, you are welcome to express whatever emotion you are experiencing. Expressing yourself through tears, outrage, panic, humor, joy, and accomplishment are all part of the process.
Furthermore, therapy 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, if 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.
How long am I expected to be in therapy?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy 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 therapy in the first place.
I typically tell people that my goal is to work myself out of a job--I want to provide you will the skills and framework necessary to no longer need my services.
People may see me for months, years, or throughout different periods of their lives. Most patients will complete therapy once their goals are met and some may come back for additional support or when new needs arise. Whatever you may need, we will work through it together.
What types of techniques do you use?
Because we all have different learning styles and preferences for communication, I do not believe therapy should be "one size fits all". I prefer to use an eclectic approach to therapy--often combining many different techniques and approaches to meet your needs and tailor them specifically to what you are looking for in your therapy.
Many people are able to achieve their goals through traditional talk therapy, others may want more structure, homework, guidance and handouts. I have experience and training within the evidence-based frameworks of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, and as a Certified Brainspotting Therapist.
I am interested in and desire feedback as to what works for you, and if you are new to therapy and do not yet know, then we will figure this out together.
Do you prescribe medications?
As a psychotherapist, I do not prescribe medications. Instead, our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Only Psychiatrists and other Physicians are able to prescribe medications for your mental health. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. However, what medication does is treat the symptoms and it alone cannot solve all issues. If you are questioning whether or not medication could be helpful to you, then this is a topic that we can discuss within our sessions, and I can refer you to a Physician for a medication evaluation when appropriate.
Do you take insurance?
I am in the process of being contracted with several insurance providers. I am currently in network with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, and Optum. I am also accepting direct fee for service for therapy, consultation, and supervision services.
For psychotherapy sessions, you may use your insurance benefits if I am considered an in network provider with your insurance.
Navigating the managed care system can be extremely overwhelming, and my goal is to help make this process as smooth as possible for you and your family. When you call to schedule your first appointment with me, I will collect your insurance information over the phone and call to verify your mental health coverage and benefits prior to your first appointment. You will be asked to provide current insurance information throughout the duration of your services. If I am contracted with your insurance provider, my office will file all claims for you, on your behalf, and you will be responsible for any co-payment, co-insurance or payment towards deductible at the time of service.
The rate of services when using insurance is set by your insurance and you can identify this rate through contacting your insurance.
Can I pay out of pocket for services?
Many choose to work with me as a therapist even though I may not be in-network with their insurance company. If I am not contracted with your insurance, you are not insured, or you choose to not use your insurance benefits, then you may pay for your services at the out-of-pocket rate.
The full fee-for-service will be due at the time of your appointment. I always encourage you to contact your insurance plan ahead of time to discuss their policy for out-of-network fees and coverage, as this is often plan-specific.
If requested, then I will prepare a monthly superbill for you to submit to your insurance company, including dates of service, diagnosis and procedure codes, and provider identification numbers necessary to process your claim and for you to send to your insurance company to receive reimbursement directly from them.
The rate for my initial Assessment Session is $145 and ongoing sessions after that are $125. Consultation sessions and Supervision sessions are at a direct rate of $75 per session. Supervision sessions also include completing necessary paperwork with you for the licensure application.