What are your hours?
I am available for appointments Monday through Friday. I am available early morning and evening hours throughout the week as needed.
What is your Fee?
I charge $150 for the initial 50 minute session and $135 for subsequent follow up sessions. I will negotiate lower fees for people who struggle to meet the full fee. I accept credit cards, checks, and cash as payment options.
Do you Accept Insurance?
At this time I do accept most major insurance plans. Please call to inquire regarding your individual plan.
How long does therapy take?
This is a good question that is hard to answer. It really is different for everyone and depends on a lot of factors.
Most people begin to see improvements within a few sessions. Most studies of therapy suggest that on average, a complete course of successful treatment takes 8-20 sessions. Though most people will probably fall somewhere in that range, I have had many clients that have made complete recoveries in fewer than 8 sessions, as well as some clients that have taken longer than 20 sessions. In some cases, good therapy can take several years.
I am committed not only to making sure your therapy works, but that it works as quickly as possible. I can confidently say that two major factors affecting how quickly therapy works are how much work you are willing to do outside of our sessions and how quickly you are willing to fully confront the things you are most afraid of.
What can I expect during the phone consultation?
Before we begin therapy, I am willing to do a free 5-10 minute phone consultation with anyone interested in receiving services. During your phone consultation, I will ask you some basic questions to get a preliminary assessment of your problems and goals. I will then give you a clear idea of what I think I can do to assist you with your specific issues.
I strongly believe that you will benefit the most from working with a therapist who is a good fit for you personally. No therapist can possibly be the best fit for every client. The phone consultation gives you a chance to see if I feel like a good fit for you and whether I can offer you a treatment plan in which you feel confident.
This process of determining goodness-of-fit continues throughout the first few sessions as well. If you or I decide during the phone consultation (or at any point in treatment) that I am not the best therapist for you, I will help you find someone who is.
I understand that for some people, even talking on the phone can be anxiety-provoking. Though I prefer to talk by phone, I am happy to converse by email if you do not yet feel ready to talk on the phone.
Do you maintain confidentiality?
Yes. As your therapist, I am required by law to keep in confidence anything you tell me during our sessions together. The law does require that I break confidentiality and inform authorities if you tell me you are going to hurt yourself or someone else or if you tell me about elder abuse or child abuse.
Do you offer crisis/emergency services?
At this time, I do not offer after-hours on-call services in case of an emergency. I ask my clients to call 911 or a suicide hotline, such as 1-800-SUICIDE. You can also go to the nearest hospital in case of an emergency.