Do you take insurance? I am currently out of network for all insurance companies. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, you will pay in full at the time of your appointment and receive a receipt to submit to your insurance company. Your receipt will include a mental health diagnosis code that will be kept on file with your insurance company. Your insurance company will reimburse you directly at their discretion. You may want to contact your insurance company to determine your out-of-network benefits prior to making an appointment.
Why do I have to keep a credit card on file? I require all clients to keep a credit card on file to safeguard against same-day cancellations and no-shows. As long as you keep your appointments and/or adhere to my cancellation policy, your card will not be charged. I will do everything in my power to contact you prior to charging your card in the event of a same-day cancellation or a no-show.
What is your cancellation policy? If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact me 24 hours in advance. If you cancel on the day of your appointment or do not show up to your scheduled appointment, you will be charged your full session fee. Emergencies or extenuating circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis. This policy is stated in the Informed Consent that you sign upon entering into therapy.
Do I have to come weekly? Can I start by seeing you every other week? Ultimately, the decision to come weekly or every other week is up to you. I highly recommend that you attend weekly in the beginning of your therapy so that we may get to know each other and create consistency in our work. Establishing a habit of working on your concerns on a weekly basis creates a strong foundation for change and for ongoing progress. Once you experience improvement and can maintain your positive changes, I am happy to decrease the frequency of your sessions. If you insist on beginning on an every-other-week basis, I will usually ask that you attend your first 3 sessions weekly and then move to biweekly.
How many sessions will I need? The number of sessions you need depends on your particular goals for therapy. On average, clients attend therapy for a minimum of 6 to 8 sessions. Many clients feel they need more time to meet their goals; some clients even create new goals as they go along. Feel free to discuss your need for short-term or long-term therapy with me. I will do my best to accommodate you in an ethical and therapeutic manner.
Can I see you individually before we start couples/marriage therapy? In couples/marriage therapy, I emphasize that the relationship is my client, not just each individual in the relationship. Therefore, I need to be able to form a balanced, unbiased relationship with each of you. The partner/spouse who attends later often feels uncomfortable and may even feel ganged up on. Though I will address extenuating circumstances as they arise, I ask that both partners/spouses attend therapy from the beginning.
Will you ever see me and my partner/spouse separately? If the therapy requires individual sessions, then I will see you separately. The need for individual sessions depends on your relationship, your concerns, and your progress in therapy as a couple. If I do see you individually, it is important to remember that I do not keep secrets. Should you tell me something in an individual session that your partner/spouse does not know, I will work with you to disclose this information on your own or in our next couple session.
My teen is in therapy with you. Will I be involved in my teen's therapy? Absolutely. My job as your teen's therapist is to strengthen and encourage the relationship with your teen, not replace or undermine it. The level of your involvement in the actual therapy depends on what brings your teen into therapy. If the issues relate to your relationship with your teen, I will involve you in family sessions as much as possible to heal and improve any breaks in the parent-child bond. If the issues are more individual to your teen, your involvement in sessions may be less frequent, but I will welcome your input and offer my feedback as necessary.
What is an "at-risk" teen? Teens considered "at risk" struggle with behavioral and emotional problems that tend to be more severe than those of your average teen. For more information on my work with at-risk teens, click here.