HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED THERAPY?

Once we get stuck in the middle of some kind of struggle, it can be difficult to find the way out.  Oftentimes, the strategies that we once used to cope don’t work anymore, and we need a little help learning a new way.  Sometimes, people simply need to talk things out.  It’s amazing how much clarity a person can get on their circumstances once they start talking about it.  Too many times, we keep things bottled up, either thinking about them too much (and not getting anywhere), or trying not to think about them at all.  Therapy can help you get perspective on a problem and help you find more effective ways of coping with what’s been troubling you. If you are experiencing an emotional hurdle and want to figure your way through it in a supportive, nonjudgmental atmosphere, consider contacting me.

 

WHAT TYPES OF SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?

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I provide individual psychotherapy for those looking to cope with a wide variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma, grief and loss, issues of identity, co-dependency, low self-esteem, and assertiveness. Also, I work with couples and families to help them improve their communication skills, and learn healthier ways of relating to one another. 

 

 

 

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO BE IN THERAPY?

The short answer is, it depends.  It depends on a variety of factors: how complex the issues are, how much the issues are impacting your life, how intense your symptoms are, what your goals are for treatment, and how hard you are willing to work.  I offer both short term and longer term therapy as treatment options. 

 

IS EVERYTHING I SAY CONFIDENTIAL?

In order for you to feel free to talk openly with me, and so that your right to privacy is protected, I am bound by law to keep your information confidential.  There are some limits to confidentiality, however, which are also governed by law.  These limits to confidentiality include, but are not limited to: 1) reasonable suspicion of child or elder abuse, 2) reasonable suspicion that a patient is in imminent danger of harming himself/herself, 3) reasonable suspicion that a patient is in imminent danger of harming others.

 

DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

I do not accept insurance at this time.  Some insurance carriers provide reimbursement for out-of-network providers.  If this is the case for your insurance, I am happy to provide you with documentation to submit to your insurance company.  Usually, insurance reimbursement will be made directly to you.

While I can provide you with documentation of your treatment with me, I would rather not get in between you and your insurance company by accepting payment directly from them.  This way, your contract with your insurance carrier does not get confused with the contract you have with me, and it remains clear that I work for you, not for the insurance company.  Besides, you should be the one who enjoys the benefits if your insurance company is prompt and efficient.  And, you—as the person paying for your policy—are also the one most likely to be effective in obtaining better service if your insurance carrier is tardy or disorganized; I have absolutely no leverage in such situations. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR FEE?

My hourly fee is $130 for each session of individual therapy, $140 for couples therapy, and $150 for family therapy.  Payment is required by cash, check, or credit card at the time services are rendered.

 

WHEN DO YOU SEE CLIENTS?

My office hours are by appointment only.  Usually, my first available appointment slot for the day is at 9 am, and my last slot for the day is at 4:30 pm. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

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Since scheduling an appointment means reserving time specifically for you, I require a 24-hour notice to cancel or reschedule. Missed or cancelled appointments will incur the usual charge of $130 (or $140 for couples, or $150 family therapy) unless a 24-hour notice is given.  Insurance companies will not pay for missed appointments or late cancellations.