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?

At this time, I accept MHN, Anthem Blue Cross, and Blue Shield insurances.  For these insurances, if I am authorized to provide outpatient psychotherapy services for you, I will accept your co-pay as payment for services.  Please contact your insurance provider ahead of time to determine what your fees are for outpatient psychotherapy services, and if you need pre-authorization before services can commence. 

If you do not have either of the insurances listed above, I am considered an “out of network” provider, and will be required to pay “out of network” fees, which are my out-of-pocket rates (see hourly fees in next section).  Depending on your individual insurance plan, you may receive partial reimbursement for sessions attended and paid for.  In this case, you may submit the statement of fees paid to your insurance company.  You are responsible for billing your insurance company, but I will provide you with the necessary information or forms.  It is important to know that in order for you to be reimbursed, I will need to include dates and types of service, fees, and diagnoses on the form.  It is also possible that they will require more information, such as a treatment plan or summary.

  

WHAT IS YOUR FEE?

My hourly fee is $175 for each session of individual therapy, $190 for couples therapy, and $200 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 4:00 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 $175 (or $190 for couples, or $200 family therapy) unless a 24-hour notice is given.  Insurance companies will not pay for missed appointments or late cancellations.