There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with symptoms related to an unexpected life event. Other times, it is to deal with long standing issues, such as anxiety or depression. A therapist can help provide insight, support and new techniques or ideas to help navigate the challenges in life. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most of their life by taking responsibility, developing greater self awareness, and working toward change in their lives.
What happens during the first session?
I conduct an intake during the first session. Sometimes, this evaluation takes another session to complete. First we review my practice and policy documents and discuss confidentiality and HIPPA related issues. Then, I ask questions about current symptoms and concerns, family dynamics, patterns in relationships, and anything else that may help me understand you as a complete person. The intake is an opportunity to learn if we are a “good match” and you are encouraged to ask me questions about my practice. If we agree to work together, we will agee on a treatment plan and discuss scheduling for future appointments.
Is everything I say in therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communication between a client and psychologist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. There are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. I am mandated by law to file a report with the appropriate state agency.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. I make every effort to work with a client to ensure safety. However, there are times when I may be obligated to seek hospitalization.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, I am required to take protective actions which may include notifying the potential victim or contacting the police.
What are your fees?
Initial Intake, 60 minutes: $185.00
Psychotherapy session, 50 to 55 minutes: $175.00
Please note, that you will be expected to pay for services unless you provide 24 hours advance notice of cancellation. More information can be found in my Informed Consent for Therapy document.
If there is an emergency or inclement weather, payment is not expected.
I'm I expected to pay if it's an emergency?
If it’s an emergency you will not be expected to pay.
What about billing and payments?
You will be expected to pay following each session, unless we agree on a different arrangement.
What are your methods of payment? Do you accept credit cards?
Please be prepared to pay by check. I do not accept credit cards.
How do I cancel an appointment?
To cancel an appointment, please leave me a voice mail. You may also email me, but please leave me a phone message if I do not confirm that I received your email.
Do you accept insurance?
I am not an in-network provider for insurance companies. However, I can help you with out-of-network benefits by providing a receipt for you to submit to your insurance company.