What can I expect in our first session or two?
My goal for our first couple of meetings is to get to know you and make you feel comfortable in meeting with me. During our first meeting, we’ll talk about what brings you in to see me, and I’ll gather background information that will help me as we work together to help you reach your goals. We’ll also discuss and develop a personalized plan for you to follow so you can reach your goals for therapy. The initial session is 60 minutes long, and subsequent sessions are 45 minutes in length.
How long will therapy take?
It depends on what you are coming in to see more for. For fairly straightforward issues, therapy sessions may range from 12 weeks to 6 months. For more complex and longstanding problems or challenges, you may have to dedicate more time to therapy, possibly up to a year or more. Another important factor that can contribute to the length of therapy is your motivation. Research has shown that the more motivated a person is to change, get help, and reach your goals, the more likely you are to have positive therapy outcomes and the faster you can reach these positive outcomes. Likewise, if you are not very motivated or willing to do the work, then the therapy process can drag on or end too soon, causing your symptoms to remain the same or maybe even get worse with time. It is important to make an effort and commitment to therapy.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance. My practice is fee-for-service and payment is due at the time of service. I will provide you with a superbill at the end of month and you can submit this superbill if you have an insurance plan that offers “out-of-network” coverage (usually PPOs). You may be able to submit the superbill you receive from me for partial or total reimbursement. I do offer a few slots for reduced fee for clients experiencing financial hardship.
Fees are based on years of experience and expertise and can be discussed over the phone or during the initial meeting. Payment is due at the time of service and may be made by cash, check or credit card.
What is your fee for sessions?
Once you have scheduled an initial meeting with me, please download, read, complete, and bring the Informed Consent To Treatment, HIPPA, and the Client Information Form (for children/teens or for adults) to the first session.