FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need therapy? I can usually handle my own problems.
Psychologists and other behavioral health therapists can provide emotional support, coping skills, strategies for managing stress, and research supported treatments for anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, unresolved childhood issues, and other psychological disorders.
A therapist can help you with a fresh way of dealing with a difficult problem and teach research supported techniques for changing unhelpful and often self defeating patterns of thinking and behaving. How well this works depends on how committed you are to working with a therapist to solve these problems and move forward in your life.
What about confidentiality?
One of the benefits of seeking the help of a therapist is the assurance of privacy. Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without your written permission.
There are exceptions to this law, all of which must be disclosed to clients. A full list of privacy rights and the exceptions to confidentiality will be provided prior to the first appointment.
Some of the exceptions to confidentiality are:
In the event of suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, a practitioner is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), the practitioner is required to notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the practitioner is required to take measures to ensure their safety.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, I am an In-Network Provider for:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
I am in network with many Blue Cross and Aetna insurance plans. After your initial phone consultation, we will collect your insurance information and verify your benefits. You will also be provided an estimate of any out of pocket fees such as copays based on your coverage.
What if I have a different insurance provider?
If you have a provider that I am not in network with, you may be eligible for a direct reimbursement of percentage of your paid fees if you have Out-of-Network benefits on your insurance plan. Please check with your provider to find out what your benefits are.
You will be provided with an estimate of charges for the total expected cost of non-emergency services. This "Good Faith Estimate" provided for Out-of-Network and Private Pay clients is in accordance with the state and federal laws that protect patients from surprise billing.
After each prepaid session, you will receive a "superbill", the documentation you can submit to your insurance provider in order to receive reimbursement of your paid fees, based on what your plan pays for going out of the network for services.
Do you accept Medicare?
I do not participate in any Medicare plans but I am happy to provide services on a private-pay basis.
What will my fees be if I am a private pay client?
Private pay clients will receive an estimate of charges for the total expected cost of non-emergency services. A "Good Faith Estimate" of the cost of services is in accordance with state and federal laws that protect patients from surprise billing. For more information on these protections, please click here.
Are you offering appointments via Telehealth?
Yes, both in-person and telehealth appointments are available.
How can I make an appointment?
Please select that option from the navigation bar above. I provide an initial free phone consultation prior to accepting new clients and setting up regular appointments. This is in order to discuss counseling goals, ask questions and obtain recommendations. After your initial consultation, the office will send you an invitation to the client portal where you can share any insurance information and begin the process of setting up an initial appointment.
What is your cancellation Policy?
To change or cancel your appointment, please provide at least 24 hours notice. Missed appointments not due to emergencies may incur a missed appointment fee. I do not overbook, so your appointment time is at least an hour reserved only for your visit. By providing at least 24 hours notice before a change or cancellation, I can make that time available to others.