How do I know you are the right therapist for me?
Choosing the right therapist is an integral part of therapy. Therapy can sometimes be a difficult process. Feeling comfortable and safe with your therapist will allow you to open up and share your thoughts and feelings. Developing this type of trust takes time, and you may find that you are able to work with some therapists and not others. Trust yourself! You will be able to make the right decision.
What should I expect in our first session?
Individual sessions are 45 minutes. During the first session I will want to learn about who you are. I will ask questions about what has brought you to the office, what troubles you have been experiencing, and how you have been coping so far. I will explore with you what you hope to get out of therapy, and explain how confidentiality works. I will also have some paperwork for you to fill out, and we will discuss any questions or concerns that you have. If it is your child or adolescent who is in need of treatment, I will ask you questions about their history and current difficulties.
What will therapy be like?
Psychotherapy is a different experience for each individual. Often we will talk together about the problems you might be facing. We will examine thoughts, feelings and experiences from your life so that we can better understand the nature of these matters, and work together to identify strategies and solutions. Working with children involves play therapy, as playing is the primary method of communication, and facilitates connection for young children.
Do you prescribe medication?
I am a licensed psychologist. I am not a psychiatrist, so I do not prescribe medication. If you are in need of medication we can discuss these options when we meet.
Is my information kept confidential?
Yes, your information is kept in the strictest confidence. Your information will not be disclosed to anyone unless I have your written permission. There are some exceptions to this, which are detailed in the Confidentiality section.
How much do you charge? Do you take insurance?
I am in-network with BCBS PPO. If your insurance is not BCBS PPO you may have out-of-network benefits. Most people with out of network mental health benefits are reimbursed between 50% and 100% of the cost of their sessions. It is helpful to call your insurance provider in advance to determine your level of coverage. I will give you an invoice each month containing all the information that insurance companies require to process your claim.
Questions to ask your provider include:
Do I have out of network benefits to see a licensed psychologist?
If so, what percentage of sessions do you cover?
Is there a session limit, and if so, in what time period?
What is the deductible, and how much of the deductible have I met?
How do I access the necessary form to submit for reimbursement?
Payment is expected at each session. You may pay by Venmo, cash, or personal check.