Frequently Asked Questions
Are you accepting new clients?
Yes. Simply click on the "Initial Intake" button and choose Intake appointment from the drop down choices for type of appointment.
Can I book an Intake Session?
Yes! Click the "Initial Intake" button to find an appointment time that works well for you. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have
Do you work with children or teens?
The overall answer is yes. I have extensive experience working with children and teens; however, due to the nature of online sessions the children need to be old enough and mature enough to handle working with me through that medium. Usually, children aged 10 and up are able to manage video conferencing.
What are your fees and session length?
What is the difference between counseling and coaching?
While there are some similarities between life coaching and psychotherapy, they are different. Coaching focuses on creating a new life path in order to achieve goals, whereas psychotherapy sometimes looks into emotional resolutions to past problems in order to move forward.
In general, if you only want to focus on what you are dealing with right now, don’t want someone to ask you anything too personal, want help making action steps, and/or the area of life you are most concerned about is your career, coaching might be a good choice.
If you are curious about breaking patterns of thinking and acting that have been plaguing your life for some time, want to feel understood at last, would like to raise your self-esteem and understand yourself, and want to figure out what you want in life and move towards it, counseling might be a good choice.
Do you take insurance?
Session length is a standard therapeutic hour - 50 minutes.
Remember you get what you pay for. As you weigh the cost of counseling, therapy, or personal coaching, it is important to consider the life goals you have not yet reached. The goals as they relate to your personal life, work, your relationships, or simply the day-to-day quality of your life. Because counseling, therapy or coaching can help you make choices that will affect your entire future, it might be thought of as an investment in yourself.
The positive effects of therapy and coaching can last a lifetime. Only you can decide whether the potential gains will compensate for your investment in money and time.
General fees for therapy/counseling/coaching are $90.00 per 50 minute session. (Sliding Scale Fees available upon demonstrated need.)
Group session fees will vary as therapy and /or coaching groups are available.
The American Mental Health Alliance summarizes some important things to consider before you decide whether to use your health insurance to cover therapy. The following four paragraphs have been adapted from the American Mental Health Alliance (AMHA) website.
Therapy works best when all communications remain between the therapist and the client (or clients in the case of family or couples therapy). This arrangement insures a safe environment where problems can be fully explored and privacy is secure. However, once you submit for your insurance carrier to get involved, private materials and information involved in your therapy are potentially available to others.
Managed care is the name that has been given to insurance carriers or companies that try to contain costs by withholding some care. These companies have gotten in the middle of psychotherapy treatment. In an effort to decide who needs care and how much of it they need, managed care companies have appointed gatekeepers and reviewers to help with decisions about the therapy. Many psychotherapists believe that the gate keeping and review functions interfere with the basic premise of the safe, confidential environment that is fundamental to the psychotherapy process. Some have argued that the gate keeping function is damaging to the healing process itself. Many mental health professionals are concerned that cost containment is receiving a higher priority than mental wellness.
In order for you to get health insurance benefits, the therapist or clinician is required to make a formal diagnosis. This diagnosis becomes part of your permanent record, and it can be accessed by other insurance or managed care companies-or even by others who might be interested. In addition, insurance companies sometimes request detailed records and notes, presumably to insure that treatment procedures are "correct". As mentioned earlier, these private materials are potentially available to others.
Special Note: I believe that confidentiality is critical and, accordingly, I do not accept insurance. I will, however, provide you with the needed information for you to submit copies of receipts to your insurance carrier and you can pursue reimbursement if, given the above information on confidentiality, you so desire.