Where are you located?
How can I schedule an appointment with you?
The first step is to call, email, or text to set up an initial, free consultation. If you feel I’m a good fit for you from your consultation we’ll move forward with the assessment phase.
I schedule assessments after your consultation for the first available time slot that works with your schedule. During your assessment, you and I will set a regular time and day for your therapy sessions.
Can I cancel an appointment?
Your time is valuable and so is mine. Therapy is a commitment you make to yourself. It’s also a commitment I make to you in terms of my time and resources, Life happens, and you may need to cancel an appointment. Please call, text, or email if you need to cancel a verified appointment. If you do not cancel 24 hours prior to your verified appointment time I will charge you for that missed session.
If you are late for a verified appointment, you will be seen, but probably not for the full time period. I do not adjust fees for partial sessions if you are late for your appointment.
How do I pay for service?
Payment is expected at time of service. I accept cash, credit cards, debit cards, cashier’s checks, and personal checks. I charge a flat fee for my services and do not provide a sliding scale. I accept Tricare, Aetna, and United Healthcare as an out-of-network provider and am not bound by insurance companies’ deductibles, copays or other rules. I will charge a fixed copay for each session under insurance, regardless of your deductible or copay status.
I do not accept or work with Medicare or any Medicare plans.
Do you accept insurance?
I accept Tricare, Aetna, and United Health Care as an out-of-network provider or you can use your own insurance if your benefit plan accepts out-of-network providers. Most insurance plans do offer this. I am not bound by any insurance companies’ deductibles, copays or other rules.
You will first have to meet your insurance deductible (pay full price). After that I charge a fixed copay for each session regardless of your insurance deductible or copay. Unfortunately, I will have to give you a mental health diagnosis if you choose to use insurance. Also, I have no control of your confidentiality once I submit information to your insurance company.
Active duty military will have to obtain a referral from their primary care doctor to use their Tricare benefit.
To find out what your plan offers, you’ll need to contact them directly. You’ll want to ask what your out-of-network outpatient mental health coverage is.
How long is a typical session?
My sessions run for one and one-half hours. I don’t do just “talk therapy.” Most of my clients need and benefit from more than the standard “therapeutic” session, often set by insurance companies at 45 minutes or less. The extra time is important to address your needs and maintain emotional safety.
How long will I be in therapy?
This is an excellent question with no clear-cut answer. I’m not a fan of months or years of therapy, but your path to recovery and wellness can take some time.
Most of my clients get what they need in about 10 sessions, sometimes less and sometimes more. It really depends on what comes out of your assessment and how we progress in therapy.
Does anyone cry in front of you?
People cry and express their emotions with me all the time. I want my office and sessions to be safe places for people to express themselves – to cry, to laugh, be angry, and to scream if needed. And they do.
What is therapy like with me?
It’s often a blend of education, seriousness, laughter, sadness, tears, anger, thoughtfulness, and more. It will vary session to session. It’s collaborative, you and I working together. You are the expert on you. My role is to help you get from your starting point to the place where you want to be … mentally, emotionally, etc. It’s very much introspective. You will learn a lot about yourself. I use a lot of homework, and I hold my clients accountable for homework assignments.