I am not contracted with any insurance companies, I am an out-of-network provider. Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible that you may be reimbursed for therapy services in full or in part.
For billing, you will be provided with a statement for insurance reimbursement at the end of each month. You can submit this to your insurance company along with their medical claim form. If you have out-of-network benefits, your insurance company may reimburse you directly for whatever amount they agree to pay after you meet your deductible.
If you need more information from your insurance company about submitting a claim, simple call the benefits phone number on your card and ask these questions:
- Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?
- What is the percentage of reimbursement?
- Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
I accept cash and check as forms of payment. Or you may use a secure online payment system to use a credit / debit card or create an electronic check from your bank.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session.
I’ve never worked with a therapist. How do I know when it’s a good time to start?
Start now. It is better to ask for help earlier than later. No reason to wait until you have a crisis to seek out therapy. Waiting until a crisis only makes changing harder.
Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason are not working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
If you are contemplating starting therapy, give me a call to talk about your situation and discuss how therapy can help you.
What is the difference between talking to you vs. a friend or family member?
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life. Working with a therapist allows you to express a full range of emotions without worry of how it will effect the relationship.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. Medication is used to treat the symptoms but does not change behavior. Our work together will focus on you taking action to change behavior and practicing strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is often recommended in conjunction with therapy.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place. Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for one session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
I recommend that you attend our meetings with a notebook so that you can write down ideas you have during our meeting and ways you plan to act on these ideas during the week. People have found it helpful to continue making notes on their experience during their week so that they can reference events and responses from the week. Using a notebook in this way will help us stay focused on your goals and have continual assessment of progress.
Any Other Questions
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!