Frequently Asked Questions
The information below provides answers to many of the questions that clients ask before starting therapy. You will also find information about my rates, payment options, etc. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
WHAT IF I AM UNDECIDED ABOUT STARTING THERAPY?
Many people contemplate seeking therapy for a while before they schedule an appointment. It can be difficult to navigate the process of finding a therapist who may be a good fit for you and intimidating to share personal information with someone you don't know well. These are some of the reasons that I offer a free, no obligation 20-minute phone consultation. This way, we can get to know one another a bit and you can determine whether you'd like to schedule an in-person appointment with me. After starting therapy, if at any time you decide that therapy is not helpful enough, you can stop. Therefore, there is little risk to starting this process, yet there is the potential for big reward. You can click here to schedule your free phone consultation or call me at 267-551-1060.
HOW OFTEN WILL I COME IN FOR SESSIONS?
Clients typically attend therapy on a weekly basis. Depending on your needs and availability, however, you may decide to schedule sessions more or less frequently (e.g., twice per week or once every two weeks). The frequency of your sessions can be discussed during your initial consultation and may change during the course of therapy when appropriate. You are always welcome to contact me with any questions or for more information about my ability to accommodate you in my current schedule.
HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST?
While there is no set amount of time or number of sessions until therapy comes to an end, my goal is to help you become your own therapist and no longer need my support. At the start of therapy we will identify the issues that have brought you into therapy, your goals for therapy, and how you will determine when you may be ready to stop attending therapy. The length of therapy will largely depend on the issues you are seeking to address and how much work you do between sessions. And although my hope is to help every client reach his or her goals, clients have the right to stop therapy at any time and for any reason.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for the treatment of OCD usually consists of 17-20 ninety-minute sessions. On average, individuals participating in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD experience a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms and complete treatment in 8-12 ninety-minute sessions.
What are Your Hours?
Hours are by appointment Monday through Thursday and may include limited evening hours. I try to be flexible to accommodate the needs of my clients when possible. You may call me directly at 267-551-1060 to determine current availability.
WHAT ARE YOUR Rates?
Session rates are as follows:
- Initial Phone Consultation (20-minutes): FREE
- Individual Session (50-minutes): $100
- Individual Session (90-minutes): $150
- Couples Counseling or Family Session (50-minutes): $110
WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT OPTIONS?
Accepted forms of payment include: check, cash, debit/credit card, and eligible Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards. Payment is due at each session.
DO YOU WORK WITH INSURANCE?
I am an out-of-network provider. If you have mental health insurance benefits you may be eligible to submit a claim for reimbursement of out-of-network services. Please contact your insurance company directly to learn the specifics of what your insurance plan may reimburse for services received from an out-of-network mental health provider, as every plan differs.
You are responsible for payment in full at the time of service and, upon your request, I will provide you with an itemized receipt of services for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement of out-of-network services.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK MY INSURANCE COMPANY?
Here are some recommended questions to ask your insurance company about out-of-network benefits:
- Do I have out-of-network mental health or behavioral health coverage?
- Does my plan cover outpatient therapy provided by a Licensed Professional Counselor?
- Do I have a deductible that I have to meet before being eligible for reimbursement?
- How much will I be reimbursed for each appointment?
- Are there limits to how many sessions I can be reimbursed for in a calendar year?
- What steps do I need to take to apply for reimbursement?
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
Please note that cancellations require at least 24-hours advanced notice. Otherwise, you will be charged a $50 fee for any late cancellations. The full session fee will be charged for any "no show" appointments, meaning that you miss a scheduled appointment without providing any advanced notice.
I see the term "COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)" used a lot on your website. what is this?
CBT is a form of therapy that focuses on helping individuals understand the relationships between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and learn to modify unhelpful thinking and behavior. CBT is an evidence-based therapy, meaning that it has been extensively researched and shown to be an effective form of therapy. For more information about CBT click on the link below, which will take you to the website of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.