What to Expect
In counseling I will work with you using a practical, action-oriented approach to finding solutions. Although I use a variety of therapeutic modalities, I primarily use cognitive-behavioral therapy, which focuses on the relationship between one’s thinking, emotions, and behavior. My approach is strength based, direct, and honest. My focus is to help you work towards the life you desire for yourself by eliminating self-doubt and limiting beliefs. I may assign homework or ask you to read a book that I think would be helpful. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reduction in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.
Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be selective about the therapist you choose to work with. If you have questions about my procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise.
Individual Therapy Fees
My fee is $150 per 50 minute session, payable by cash, check, or card.
I participate in some health insurance plans. If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. I will fill out forms and provide you with whatever assistance I can in helping you receive the benefits to which you are entitled; however, you (not your insurance company) are responsible for full payment of my fees. It is very important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.
You should carefully read the section in your insurance coverage booklet that describes mental health services. If you have questions about coverage, call your plan administrator. Of course, I will provide you with whatever information I can based on my experience and will be happy to help you in understanding the information you receive.
I normally conduct an evaluation that will last from 2 to 4 sessions. During this time, we can both decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need to meet your treatment goals. If psychotherapy is begun, I will usually schedule one 50-minute session (one appointment hour of 50 minutes duration) per week at a time we agree on, although some sessions may be longer and more frequent.
Once an appointment hour is scheduled, you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide 24 hours (1 day) notice of cancellation (unless we both agree that you were unable to attend due to circumstances beyond your control). It is important to note that insurance companies do not provide reimbursement for cancelled sessions.
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