Frequently Asked Questions
Are you Available for what i need?
I am currently accepting new clients. Business hours are by appointment only. In-office sessions are highly recommended for a variety of reasons, but online sessions are available if requested and discussed.
I provide outpatient and intensive outpatient counseling, so I am not available outside of business hours. If you are in need of an on-call therapist, I am happy to provide referrals.
In case of a mental health emergency, go to your nearest emergency room or call 911.
what is counseling for and what is it like?
Counseling can be a prevention (to prevent possible future problems), an intervention (to improve current problems), or an aspiration (to achieve something positive on top of what one already has). Counseling is highly individualized due to the expressed desires and needs of the client. I specialize in EMDR to provide clients with the best trauma healing and resolution (not just coping) available. However, it can also be used to prepare for upcoming challenges, such as preparing for public speaking.
The first session usually involves a semi-structured conversation about what brought you to counseling, why now, what have you done previously in attempt to solve your problem and what do you believe might be helpful for making imrpovements at this juncture?
Some clients prefer structured goals and timeframes for counseling and others prefer to start and see where they go. This typically gets discussed during the second session in more detail. I usually check in with you and ask if you are still thinking that I will be helpful to you or if you are thinking something/someone else might be more beneficial. I hope to take the pressure off you and emphasize that trying another therapist is not personal, but rather an exploration of your options to see what works best. Many clients also choose additional resources as supplements to counseling and I am happy to provide suggestions.
Can I afford counseling?
Counseling is an up-front investment, so it does cost time and money. However, I will work with you to limit costs and increase the gains of therapy. 50-minute sessions (1 clinical hour) are $100 and 75 minute sessions (1.5 clinical hours) are $150. Frequency is determined by what it will take to achieve your goals at a pace that you find acceptable. In the beginning, counseling is best suited to once per week for a few weeks to get oriented to the process and then decide upon a frequency that best suits your goals. However, I consider frequency something that is client directed.
Here are a few questions you might ask if you are wondering if the cost is worth it:
- What is the cost of NOT engaging in therapy? For individuals, it might be the loss of a job or
relationship. For couples, it might be the legal fees and emotional cost of getting divorced.
- Would paying this cost (time and money) be worth it to eliminate your problem? Or to
grow confident in your ability to navigate future challenges?
You can limit counseling costs by doing homework, such as reading (or listening), attending groups, doing experiential exercises, journaling, etc.
Do you take MY insurance?
Please note that insurance never covers PC/DM services. These are private-pay services.
For a variety of reasons, I do not take insurance. However, you can likely get reimbursed by your insurance company. You can call your insurance company any time and ask what they reimburse for "out of network behavioral health services". They will give you a percentage or a dollar amount. You pay me at the time of service, I give you a receipt, you give the receipt to your insurance company, and they reimburse.
Some clients choose not to use their insurance for a variety of reasons:
- their copay is high or they have not met their deductable, so finding an in-network
provider would save little to no money
- they are having a hard time finding an in-network provider with current availability
- they prefer getting a good fit and a good service over saving money with insurance
- they want to keep their mental health record private. When going through insurance, a
diagnosis is required in order to receive treatment and is kept in one's permanent health
record. Some believe that this may be used in the future to prevent them from owning
firearms. Others want to keep their information private to ensure eligibility for high-stress or
high-security jobs such as firefighting, military service, or becoming a pilot.
How long will i be in counseling?
At the risk of overlooking the role of the counselor (who assists the client in reaching their goals in no small way), your time in therapy will be determined by:
- your goals
- your current problem
- complicating factors, such as medical, social, or environmental barriers
- your willingness, readiness, and ability to facilitate the process of change