Common Questions

Here are some common questions patients and potential patients pose to me.Here are the most common questions I receive from new and potential clients.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Maintaining a client’s privacy is taken very seriously and all interactions and client records are confidential.  However, there exist several situations where the disclosure of client information may be shared without consent.  These situations include when a client is suicidal or homicidal and intends on harming themselves or others.  The law also demands that confidentiality be broken when a client reports the abuse of a child, elderly person, or disabled person. A client’s confidential information may also be legally required by way of a subpoena or court order.

Why do people engage in therapy?

Clients seek out therapy for numerous reasons.  Sometimes clients need help coping with their mental health issues or they are searching for feedback and support during difficult times. Some clients are looking to improve specific areas in their lives, while others are looking to gain greater insight or awareness on a broader level.  Some also use the therapeutic process as an accountability measure in obtaining their individual goals. Finally, some clients just a need a safe and uninterrupted space to process the stresses and annoyances of daily life.

Does therapy work?

Simply put, therapy works if clients want it to work.  Clients need to be invested in the process and they need to apply their newfound skills outside of the therapy office.  Clients also need to attend their sessions as scheduled for the process to be effective.  Sometimes homework will be given as an adjunct to the therapeutic work done in session to maximize the benefits and to bolster lasting change.

How to choose the right therapist?

Choosing the right therapist is a deeply personal and unique decision that can be based on several factors.  Those factors could include the therapist’s theoretical orientation, therapeutic style, specialty, and personality.  Sometimes even location helps a client decide on a therapist.  Regardless of the reason, it is imperative for clients to develop a real connection with their therapist.  In many ways, the relationship between the client and therapist is paramount to the effectiveness of the process as it serves as the foundation for all the work that comes later.

What are the benefits of therapy?

Therapy can be a transformative experience in that it helps clients find new ways of navigating the world.  This might include changing a behavior or way of thinking, identifying and altering an unhealthy pattern, or better managing a mental illness.

My clients find new ways to cope with stressors when previous coping skills fail them.  They discover new and creative approaches to resolving issues that cause them discomfort.  My clients also find relief in just having a dependable and non-judgmental person in their lives to listen to them.  I provide clients with genuine and honest feedback and I aim to consistently demonstrate to them how invested I am in their success.

How much does therapy cost and will insurance be accepted?

Sessions cost $150.00 for an initial assessment and $130.00 for each subsequent session.  A portion of the cost of the sessions may be covered by utilizing insurance benefits. Some clients choose to pay for sessions out-of-pocket to maintain their privacy or to avoid the difficulties that can accompany the use of insurance.

I accept Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Cigna, several Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits and all out-of-network provider plans.

How to schedule an appointment?

To schedule a phone consultation or to set up an initial appointment, please call or send an email.

What happens in the first session?

The intake assessment or initial session consists of completing demographic paperwork and consent forms, as well as completing a comprehensive clinical interview.  The clinical interview involves gathering data regarding a client’s presenting issue/s, symptoms, risk assessment, family history, and potential treatment goals.

How many sessions will it take to resolve my issue?

The length and course of treatment depends on a client’s comfort level and their own individual pace. It also depends on how quickly they want to feel better or resolve an issue.  The number of sessions needed to resolve a particular concern is not predetermined prior to the beginning of treatment.  The decision to engage in brief or long-term treatment will be discussed during the initial visit.

What is the cancellation policy?

There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, excluding emergency situations.