Frequently Asked Questions

What does therapy entail?

Therapy is an active process during which we address your concerns and collaboratively work towards the results you desire. We start by getting to know one another in our first session; developing a trusting relationship is essential to effective therapy. Developing this relationship takes time and can be more effectively formed when we work together on a consistent basis.

While I’m here to support you and at times guide you, examining ourselves and our relationships can be challenging and may bring up uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and behaviors. However, over time you may begin to feel a sense of relief and confidence as we productively address your concerns and work collaboratively towards your goals.

Therapy is not a one size fits all approach; you are a unique individual and I’m most interested in hearing your story, understanding your needs, and helping you work towards achieving your goals.

Who goes to therapy?

Excellent question! The simple answer is everyone. The truth is that many of us struggle in life, whether we talk about it with each other or not. Most of my clients will tell me they appreciate having an objective point of view, expertise in concerns that affect most, if not all of us as humans, and an accepting and nonjudgmental space to be vulnerable within.

How long does it take?

The short answer is: it depends. Every individual is different. Therapy is a process of learning and adapting. Some of the reasons we come to therapy may be addressed quickly, while others may take more time. We’ll work together towards your goals and work on strategies to help you achieve them and live the life you desire.

How often should I come to therapy sessions?

Most clients choose to come weekly because it helps us form a good working relationship. It is easier to do the work you’ve come here to do more quickly when we meet regularly. As you become more confident in managing whatever brought you into therapy, you may find less frequent sessions helpful.

How long is a session?

For individuals, I meet for a 50-minute initial intake appointment with you. Sessions are typically scheduled for 50-minutes weekly following our initial appointment. Some individuals choose 80-minute sessions for EMDR work.

For couples, I meet for an 80-minute initial intake appointment with you. Following our initial appointment, most couples choose to continue 80-minute sessions on a weekly basis. However, some couples choose 50-minute sessions and/or choose to come every other week depending on financial and scheduling needs.

I offer 50-minute and 80-minute sessions for all services offered. Additionally, I offer 25-minute sessions for individuals and couples which typically benefits clients engaged in therapy for some time already and looking to work on something brief and specific.

What is teletherapy?

Teletherapy is an alternative way to have a therapy session via live video conference. I utilize a secure and confidential service for video conferencing and our session happens in real time with one another. Many clients find this method of therapy convenient for busy schedules; it cuts out the commute to and from my office and can easily be done over a lunch hour or other flexible times in your day.

Additionally, it can allow for therapy to be accessible to those that live in more remote locations, are concerned about the stigma of being seen in a therapy office waiting room, or during inclement weather.

What is your fee?

My fee is $140 per 50-minute individual session. EMDR sessions for individuals are $140 per 50-minute session. My fee is $160 for a 50-minute couples session. Initial intake appointments for couples is $255 for 80 minutes.

I offer 25-minute and 80-minute sessions at prorated fees. I accept cash or credit cards and payment is due at the time services are rendered.

Do you accept insurance?

No, I do not accept any insurance plans currently. This is for several reasons. First, our work together is confidential, and when working with insurance companies, they require the release of your protected information including information about your mental health and your sessions. Second, insurance companies require I provide you with a diagnosis of a mental illness. This diagnosis becomes part of your permanent medical record and can present future difficulties for you. Additionally, some insurance plans limit the number of sessions available to you, which very often isn’t aligned with the number of sessions you may need or want. The main takeaway here is it’s important to me that you get what you need from therapy, rather than have your therapy dictated by someone not involved in our work together. Please contact me if you have any questions about this.

Some clients choose to use their out of network benefits for therapy sessions. I am able to provide a Superbill to you which you may submit to your insurance if you have out of network benefits. This means you would pay for your sessions out of pocket and then submit paperwork to your insurance company for reimbursement later (which goes directly to you).

To find out if you have out of network benefits, please contact your insurance company directly and ask them about your behavioral health coverage. You might ask the following questions of your insurance company:

 

  • What are my out of network benefits for seeing a therapist?
  • Do I have a deductible? How much do I need to spend to meet this deductible?
  • What is the process for requesting reimbursement if I use my out of network benefits? What paperwork does my insurance company require for reimbursement?
  • If I do have out of network benefits for therapy, how much will I be reimbursed for a therapy session when I submit my paperwork to insurance?
  • Are there any limitations to my behavioral health benefits such as a limit in number of sessions per year, which therapists are covered under my out of network benefits, or a limit on how much I can be reimbursed for out-of-pocket costs?
  • What about teletherapy sessions? Can I be reimbursed for them?