I’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions that I have received over my career. It’s normal and encouraged for clients to ask many questions when choosing to work with a licensed psychologist. Here are some answers to the questions I receive the most. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch.
Do you accept insurance?
I'm on several insurance panels and will bill insurance for you. You'll want to confirm with your insurance company (1) your co-payment (cost share) amount and (2) your deductible. Some insurance plans have very high deductibles, and we should chat about how to manage the cost.
Some people prefer not to have their insurance know that they are seeing at psychologist and would rather pay out of pocket. There are a number of reasons why people may not want their insurance company to pay for services. I am happy to talk with you about why some people prefer that their insurance company not know. Co-payment is due at the time of the appointment by check or credit card.
Do I have to use insurance?
Not at all! Some people prefer not to have their insurance know that they are seeing a psychologist and would rather pay out of pocket. There are a number of reasons why people may not want their insurance company to pay for services. I am happy to talk with you about why some people prefer that their insurance company not know. In our consultation, please let me know that you do not want to use insurance.
How long does each therapy session take?
Forty-five minutes is the typical length of the session. We will talk about how to distribute our time in each session.
What's your approach to therapy?
I use an approach called integrative. I select the best tools, techniques, and skills from some of the most scientifically supported interventions in the field. I appreciate the psychodynamic perspective that examines at how childhood patterns impact us in adulthood.
I feel like I'm different. Can you understand my experience?
It's natural to feel different at times, and it can be challenging to navigate those experiences. I want to assure you that you are not alone in feeling this way, and you are welcome and accepted here.
My goal is to create a safe and supportive space where you can explore your unique identity, gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your world, and develop the skills and strategies to design a life that feels authentic and fulfilling. Through individual exploration and self-discovery, you can learn to embrace your individual strengths and navigate the challenges that come with feeling different.
Do you provide therapy for couples?
Yes! Being single is hard. Adding another person and sometimes children to the equation can be downright overwhelming. In the first 45-minute session, we will work as a team to organize goals and develop a plan to help you work better as a couple. There are no "bad guys” in therapy. The problem is the relationship — not the individuals. In our time together, we will address some of the key signs of relationships in crisis and how to move your relationship to a healthy place.
Can I use my insurance for couples therapy?
The short answer is "probably not." The longer answer is: insurance makes a distinction between paying for services that are medically necessary (e.g., therapy for depression) versus those services that enhance the quality of one's life (e.g., couples therapy or therapy for growth). I don't make the rules, I just have to follow them. So most insurance companies do not pay for this type of therapy. I'm glad to talk with you about how you can advocate with your insurance company and even provide you with an invoice showing how much you paid. However, most insurances will not allow me to bill for this service.