FAQs

+ - I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

+ - What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. 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, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and 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.

+ - Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

+ - How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

+ - 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 counseling 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 counseling in the first place.

+ - 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 will be crucial to your success.

FAQs Regarding Finances

My services have a broad price range to meet your needs. My fees are related to the type of counseling service the client needs and whether the service involves just an individual, a group, a couple or the whole family. I want to be a resource for anyone seeking counseling. I also realize that finances can be a deciding factor as to whether or not a person will pursue counseling.

+ - What are your rates?

Fees range from $60-$175 per session. My fees may vary according to the type of service the client needs; traditional or intensive therapy services for an individual, couple, group or the whole family may also be a factor.

+ - Forms of Payment

I accept checks, cash, and major credit cards including Mastercard and Visa. All payments must be made at the time of service. In addition, I can provide appropriate documentation which will allow you to file for reimbursement with your insurance carrier, should you have insurance that covers services provided by your therapist.

Private Pay vs. Insurance

At this time, I do not accept insurance or Medicaid, however, I will provide SuperBil’s for out of network reimbursement. Read more about the advantages of paying privately below.

+ - Why should I choose to pay for therapy myself?

There are advantages and drawbacks to both of out-of-pocket/private payment and to using insurance and Medicaid. Obviously, the biggest drawback to private pay is that it is an immediate out-of-pocket expense. However, there are several advantages of private pay that may make the expense worthwhile.

+ - There is a Potentially Reduced Service Cost:

For some clients, their insurance providers require a co-pay and a large deductible to be met when seeking treatment, with the additional feature that standard rates for service apply. By not taking insurance, we are free to set our own rates and offer discounts to our clients. This means that privately paying clients can actually pay less than those who pay with insurance, depending on where they fit in the sliding scale, how long treatment lasts, and the details of an individual's insurance plan.

Therapy, especially when you are paying privately, is always an additional expense, in more ways than one. There are travel expenses and the time commitment it takes to make therapy effective. However, the rewards can greatly outweigh temporary monetary costs. How much is too much to pay for peace of mind, the renewal of a relationship, or finally finding freedom in an area of life that has previously seemed unattainable? $500? $1000? $5000? Some people would pay ten times that to experience the real progress and change that can happen in therapy. What is the change you are seeking worth to you?

+ - What about Confidentiality and Privacy?

Clients who pay privately are guaranteed that the only people who know any of the details of therapy are themselves and their therapist. Aside from normal limits to confidentiality, therapy is completely confidential, without any third party being privy to information exchanged in session.

+ - Will I have a diagnosis?

Most insurance providers require a mental health diagnosis in order for therapy to be covered. This means that many issues (marital problems, life stress, or personal growth) are not covered by insurance. When clients pay privately, there is no requirement of a mental health diagnosis for treatment, which means that anyone can seek treatment. Private pay also carries the additional benefit of reducing pressure to pathologize normal individuals who simply need help coping with some area of life. Finally, treatment without the necessity of a mental health diagnosis means that the stigma of some diagnoses can often be avoided.

+ - Could insurance impact the duration of my treatment?

Private pay clients have complete control of the duration and style of their treatment. Modalities that are ethically viable but not covered by insurance are open to private pay clients. Private pay clients are able to choose the focus of their therapy, the duration of therapy, and the frequency of therapy, and even the length of individual sessions.

+ - Is it important to have a financial investment in your own treatment?

Research shows that clients who have to pay something for their treatment have more positive outcomes than those who receive free treatment. Not only do you get what you pay for, but that you are paying privately often provides extra motivation and incentive to make the most of therapy.