People who are new to psychotherapy often have mixed feelings about contacting a therapist, which sometimes makes it difficult to seek help. I understand this, and work toward making the early stages of therapy comfortable and supportive. Initial consultations offer a chance to assess the individual’s concerns and confirm his or her compatibility with the therapist. We can talk on the phone first or you can come in for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have that will help you decide if I am the right person to assist you in meeting the challenges you are encountering.
Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to me as your therapist.
I will not even acknowledge that you are in therapy with me unless you provide me with written permission to do so. I am ethically and legally bound to keep all therapy related material that you share with me confidential except in three very important, legally mandated, exceptions:
1. Your statements lead me to suspect child, dependent adult, or elder abuse.
2. Your statements lead me to suspect that you intend to inflict physical harm on yourself or on another human being.
3. I am ordered to disclose information by a court.
In all instances, every effort will be made to discuss concerns with you first before anyone else gets involved. Information conveyed to others will be kept to the minimum required and where a solution is available that does not include others that will always be the first choice.
With your express written consent, I do welcome the opportunity to collaborate with any of your health providers in order to provide the most informed treatment possible.
At any time, if questions arise regarding the confidentiality of our work together, please mention your concerns to me so that we can explore them and ensure they do not interfere with your treatment.
Can I use my health Insurance?
The risks and benefits of using health insurance for therapy deserve consideration before making a decision. While your insurance can pay for a portion of your therapy, there are other considerations. Because I am not an in-network provider, this means that your insurance cannot interfere with or set limits on the frequency or duration of our therapy sessions and can not prevent you from obtaining treatment you deserve.
When thinking about insurance, consider the fact that many managed care companies make determinations of whether or not continued mental health treatment is necessary without ever meeting you or your therapist.
I am an “out of network” provider, which means if your insurance policy has out of network benefits, you can receive some reimbursement for the cost of therapy.
Contact your insurance company to find out what your specific coverage is and if you have “out-of-network” benefits. I will provide you with a monthly receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. For insurance to cover therapy, it is required that you be given a psychiatric diagnosis. I am happy to discuss the process with you in greater detail as insurance policies and processes can be confusing and overwhelming.
How long are the sessions and what are the costs?
Individual sessions last 45 minutes or 75 minutes, couples and group sessions last 75 minutes. Attending regularly, as well as starting and ending on time are considered vital to the treatment process, therefore please consider your appointment time a priority. Baring an emergency, you will be expected to pay for missed appointments. My professional fees are:
Individual $200 (45 minutes) or $330 (75 minutes)
Couple $200 (45 minutes) or $330 (75 minutes)
I also offer limited sliding scale fee appointments for those clients who cannot afford my normal fees.