Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost per session?
Initial diagnostic evaluations begin at $195.
Ongoing sessions begin at $130.
Full cost of sessions will be discussed with client during initial consultation.
Do you accept insurance?
While I do not accept insurance as a direct form of payment, it is possible for your session to be covered by your personal insurance, partly or in full, under your “out-of-network” benefits. If you would like to use your insurance for your counseling sessions, I can provide you with a Statement for Reimbursement form (also called a Superbill) for you to submit directly to your insurance company for partial or full reimbursement. Please keep in mind that in order to use your insurance, I will have to give you a mental health diagnosis that will become part of your permanent medical record.
Some insurance companies do not provide coverage for counseling, so be sure to contact your insurance provider to ask if you have “out-of-network” coverage for counseling sessions.
Other than the Statement for Reimbursement form, if additional forms or records are required for your insurance submission, there is an additional cost for the time that is required to fulfill this request. The cost will be discussed with the client prior to taking action on the request.
Why don’t you accept insurance?
One reason I do not accept insurance is that insurance companies require that I share your diagnosis and treatment notes in order to receive payment. This becomes part of your permanent medical record which may have negative consequences related to your employment, or when you are seeking new medical insurance or life insurance.
Another reason that I do not accept insurance is because insurance companies require therapists to follow the insurance company's approved treatment methods and often limit the number of sessions that they cover.
These requirements may not always be in the best interest of the client.
How does counseling work?
The primary goal for the consultation is for me to listen to your concerns and for both of us to determine if working together would be a good fit. If so, a complete psychosocial assessment will be completed at your initial appointment and, based on the information you provide, we will collaboratively develop treatment goals for you to work towards.
The strategies and approach used during counseling will be determined by your specific goals. Examples of goals in counseling may be:
- Decrease feelings of anxiety and unwanted thoughts or behaviors.
- Increase self-acceptance and self-confidence
- Create and establish healthy boundaries in relationships
- Increase ability to communicate in a healthy way
- Examine past traumas and identify current impact
- Explore and heal underlying issues including deep-rooted fears and insecurities
Counseling continues until you believe you have met your goals for the time being. No matter what brings you to counseling, most people walk away with a new self-perspective.
How long will I be in counseling?
We will work together to determine how long your counseling will last. Some concerns can be resolved in a short period of time; others can take longer. Because I do not accept insurance, there is no limit to the number of sessions you may receive.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Are my sessions confidential?
With some exceptions, nothing you disclose can be discussed with a third party without a signed Release of Information from you. The exceptions are:
(1) Suspicion of Child Abuse and Neglect. All concerns related to suspected child abuse and neglect will be reported to the appropriate Child Abuse Hotline.
(2) Concern for your safety or someone else as a result of your behaviors.
Do you provide in-person sessions?
No, I do not currently provide in-person sessions.