What can I expect from a session? Sessions last 45-50 minutes and can be for individuals, partners, or families. We will start by discussing what is bringing you into therapy and what you hope to get out of therapy. You may also ask me questions about myself or the therapeutic process.
How often will I come see you? In the beginning, I like to see people more frequently: usually weekly or every other week. As time goes on and you begin to experience the benefits of therapy, we may decrease sessions to every other week or once a month. Sometimes schedules and distance traveled to see me make frequent sessions difficult so I try to be flexible to meet your needs.
Your degree is in marriage and family therapy, does this mean you only work with couples and families? No, my training is in systems therapy while my degree title is marriage and family therapy. Systems therapy teaches the therapist to look at the individual as part of a (family) system, rather than looking at the person in isolation. As a systems therapist, I look at how each part of the system influences other parts, rather than looking at linear, causal relationships. I work with individuals, partners, and families of all different gender identities, sexual orientations, and family make-ups.
What forms of payment do you accept? I accept cash, personal checks, credit cards, and health savings accounts. Payments are due at the time of each session. I also accept insurance payments. See below for more info.
Can you bill my insurance? I can bill insurance for any insurance company with which I am in network. I recommend calling your insurance company to verify your benefits, deductible, and co-pay. If I am not in network with your insurance plan, I may still be able to bill if you have out-of-network benefits. If you'd like, I can put you in contact with my billing specialist to help you sort out your benefits.
Are there advantages to paying out of pocket even if my insurance would cover the visits? Yes, many people opt not to have their insurance billed for several reasons. Some insurance companies require treatment plans and updates, which may include copies of session notes. All insurance companies require a DSM diagnosis in order to bill for services. If you'd still like me to bill your insurance, we can discuss this in more detail during the initial session.
Are you available for crisis calls outside of session time? While I recognize that all clients may periodically encounter times of increased stress and a need for more support, I do not have a 24-hour crisis line. If you are someone who will need regular support outside of session time, I likely am not the right provider for you. I encourage you to seek out support from an agency that has a 24-hour crisis line. Time spent outside of sessions will be prorated in 15-minute increments.