How long does it last?
A session usually runs about 50 minutes. On some occasions we may agree upon a longer session due to circumstances.
How many sessions will you need? That depends on two things: What you need and what you want. Some issues are resolved within a few sessions while others may take in-depth work. How long and how far you go is always up to you.
Sometimes people only have a short amount of time before they leave the area or a certain amount of money they can spend. If so, let me know up front and we can tailor your sessions to work within your constraints.
Frequently asked questions about counseling
How much does it cost?
A 50 minute session is $130.
Will insurance cover this?
I'm in network for some BCBS plans, Healthgram, and GEHA. (I am not in network for BCBS Blue Value.)
What this means is:
If you have met your deductible for the year then your session cost will be whatever your copay is. (Usually on the front of your card.) You can find out how much your deductible is and if you have met it on your insurance company's web site or by calling them.
If you have not met your deductible then your charge will be whatever my contracted rate is for that insurance company. It will not be more than $100 and in some cases will be less.
If I am not in network for your policy, depending on your policy, you may have some coverage for out of network providers.
I am glad to file insurance for you. However in order to file I have to give you a mental health diagnosis. If you have questions about this, feel fee to talk with me about it.
Can I friend you on Facebook?
While I'm glad to have you vist my business page, I cannot be your Facebook friend or real life friend. This is for your benefit. Friends take care of each other. In therapy, the emphasis is on you. It may be the only place in your life where you don't have to worry about taking care of someone else. Boundaries like no Facebook friending help protect that space.
What happens in a session?
In our first session we are getting to know each other. I'm getting to know you and what you're dealing with - and you're getting at least a first impression of me and what it's like to work with me. At the end of that session we can decide if it feels like a good fit.
Part of my role is to learn how you work best. Some people work well with very structured sessions and other people like things to be more free flowing. Some really like having "homework assignments" to complete while others would never think about doing one. So what a particular session looks like depends a lot on how you work and what you need.
Will you prescribe medication?
I have neither the training nor the legal right to prescribe. However, I may talk with you about talking with a doctor or psychiatrist about medication. The goal of medication is to help support you as you heal. (If you cannot get out of bed or are too anxious to focus on anything, you cannnot do the work you need to do on yourself.) However, I may also talk with you about non-pharmaceutical options for improving your mood as well.
I've made my appointment. What do I need to bring?
Please download these three forms, fill them out, and bring them with you.
This form is optional, but it can be very helpful for me to be able to communicate with your primary care physician
Also, if you are using insurance bring your insurance card.
Payment is due at the time of session. I take credit cards, cash and checks.