Frequently asked questions
How will I know if we are a good “match”?
Completing an initial consultation by phone is a great way to identify if my expertise is a match for your treatment needs. I strongly encourage open communication so, if at any point you’d like to terminate our professional relationship, I encourage you to bring this to my attention. We can then process this and I will support you in your decision (and provide you with referrals for other therapists if needed). This is a great way to model and experience assertive communication and discussing uncomfortable topics!
How often will we meet?
Once per week. Occasionally, situations will present in which additional sessions would be helpful. Additional session times can be explored as needed; however, boundaries are necessary.
How long are sessions?
Sessions, sometimes referred to as a “therapeutic hour”, are 50 minutes.
Can we meet virtually? Do you provide online counseling?
Presently, all sessions take place online using a secure video system (similar to Zoom or Skype). Established clients can also hold some sessions by telephone, if needed.
How much do you charge?
I charge $175 per 50-minute session. Payment will be collected at the time of service.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not accept any insurance. If you would like to submit information to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement, I can provide a “Super Bill”, which will include a psychological diagnosis (this will be reviewed with you). It is your responsibility to communicate with and submit information directly to the insurance company.
What is your cancellation policy?
I require 24 hours notice of cancellation or you may incur a cancellation fee. An occasional exception may be made in the case of an emergency. It’s important that we meet consistently in order to make progress.
How long does therapy last?
It depends on the patient. I do not believe in keeping people in treatment if they’ve already reached their goals. After a client has completed treatment, they are always welcome to schedule maintenance sessions (sometimes referred to as a “tune-up”).
Do you prescribe medication?
I do not but I am happy to assist you in finding a psychiatric practitioner.
Are my sessions confidential?
What you share in session is kept confidential with few important exceptions. These exceptions include: if the patient expresses thoughts or plan to harm self or others, child abuse, and medical emergencies.
How do I know if therapy is “working”?
You may experience progress in the following ways: feeling less reactive; improved mood; better sleep; healthier relationships; feeling more secure with higher self-esteem; more focused in concentration and attention; less procrastination and improved focus.
Do you give homework?
What are we going to talk about for 50 minutes?!
Anything and everything. My job is to gather information that may seem disjointed and weave it together to assist us in understanding the root of dysfunctional/unhelpful thoughts and behavior.