Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect at our first session?
During our initial consultation, I’ll spend time getting to know you and what you’d like to work on in therapy. In addition to getting information about what’s happening presently in your life, I’ll ask some questions about your personal history to get more context. I also leave time at the end of initial consultations for questions and logistics.
Do you accept insurance?
I am an out of network provider, which means that I do not directly participate with any insurance plans. However, many people have out of network benefits and can be reimbursed for psychotherapy services by as much as 40-70%, depending on the plan. If requested, my office can assist you in submitting claims for reimbursement. Here are some questions that might be helpful to ask your insurance company:
- Does my plan offer any out-of-network benefits for mental health?
- Do I have a deductible? If yes, how much of it has already been met?
- Are there any limitations on the number of sessions my plan covers for mental health?
- How much will I get reimbursed per visit when I see an out-of-network mental health provider?
- Do I need any type of prior approval or referral in order to get reimbursed?
...but why don't you take insurance?
If I took insurance, I would be essentially working for the insurance company, on their terms. They have the right to dictate the amount of sessions they cover, and reject claims if the diagnosis I give you isn’t ‘severe’ enough. They would also have permanent access to all of your personal health information. By being out of network, I work directly - and privately - for you, the client. This gives us much more flexibility in terms of our work together, and also guarantees a higher level of confidentiality.
How long will I be in therapy for?
Therapy is a process that looks different for everyone. While some people are looking for short-term work around a specific problem, others may be looking to heal from deeper wounds. Some clients want a supportive person to help them navigate the ups and downs of their lives without a set time frame.
In the beginning of treatment, we will discuss what you are hoping to get out of therapy. As we continue to work together, what you need or want may change. We will check in periodically throughout your treatment to make sure your goals are being met, and to ensure therapy is a rewarding, fulfilling experience.
I’m interested in working together, but I have some questions before I’m ready to make an appointment. What should I do?
It is well agreed upon that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects in healing and growth, yet finding the right therapist can be daunting. To help make that process more comfortable, I offer a 15-minute phone consultation, free of charge, prior to scheduling an initial appointment. During that call, you’ll have time to ask me questions, and I will get a sense of what you’re looking for. If I feel another therapist is more skilled in an area in which you’re seeking help, I’ll happily make a referral to a different provider.
What is your cancellation policy?
In order to maintain consistency and respect for each other's time, I require at least 48 hours notice if you have to cancel your scheduled appointment. If not cancelled within 48 hours, you are responsible for the full fee.