FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the cost of therapy?
The initial session fee is $100.00. Each session thereafter is $80.00. Drug and alcohol assessments are available for a fee of $200, which includes a report. While I do not provide traditional sliding scale appointments, I am committed to making mental health care affordable. To that end, I have partnered with Open Path, to provide counseling appointments to their clients at a discounted rate of $30-60 per hour. For more information, visit the Open Path website (www.openpathcollective.org) and be sure to select me from the list of therapists. (Please note: Open Path appointments may not be used for alcohol and drug assessments.)
Although I do not accept insurance at this time, you can pay for services using a FSA debit card. I can provide you with a document known as a "Super Bill" that details the services provided. You may submit the document to your insurance company, but there is no guarantee of reimbursement. Payment will be due at the time of service. I accept cash, check, and credit card payments.
How long are therapy sessions?
Initial sessions are 60 minutes in length. Follow-up sessions are 50 minutes.
What can I expect during the first session?
The goal of the first session is to create a safe, therapeutic, and confidential space in which you feel comfortable sharing pertinent information about the reasons for seeking treatment. I will also gather information about your history (family, relationship, psychological, substance use, career, etc.) and your current lifestyle (schedule, stressors, support network, etc,). I will explain what you can expect in future sessions and we may discuss some initial goals and objectives. You are encouraged to ask any questions you might have about the process and to share your objectives, concerns, etc. We will discuss frequency of visits (which is usually once a week at the onset), and you will schedule your next visit if you and I agree it is a fit to work together. There is some basic paperwork that you can complete prior to the session using our secure client portal. This will allow me to prepare for our first session and ensure more of our time can be devoted to conversation. The initial session is scheduled for 60 minutes, and you do not need to bring anything other than payment ,unless you have chosen to have a credit card billed through our client portal. In that case, you are all set!
How frequent are visits?
Typically, sessions occur once per week. You and I may decide to increase or decrease the frequency of visits depending on progress and need.
How long will I be in therapy?
Length of treatment depends on the presenting issue and the goals of treatment. Brief treatment might be as short as three to five sessions while longer term therapy might last as long as a few years. We will collaborate to determine the length of treatment that is clinically appropriate and feels comfortable for you.
What is your theoretical orientation?
I have a client-centered approach that recognizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship and an empathic connection between the therapist and client. I use elements of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), SFBT (Solution-Focused Brief Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and MI (Motivational Interviewing).
What ages do you treat?
I accept clients aged 16 years of age and older.