How do I know I need professional help?
You may have attempted to cope with the problem yourself and may have even discussed it with family, friends or peers. Sometimes just talking it out with a sympathetic listener helps. But you know you need professional help when nothing has worked, when you feel depressed, anxious or agitated, when you are unable to carry out your obligations.
What Should I Expect
Expect to be treated with respect and without judgment in an environment that is warm, safe and comfortable. Expect me to engage with you — this is interactive psychotherapy. But you're in charge of what we talk about.
Our first appointment
We will sit down together and talk about what you want. We'll clarify what's needed. You'll tell me at least some of your history and background. My expectation is that you will leave with a sense of where we're going, understanding of what our first steps will be, and very likely with useful things to begin to do as well. My goal is that you will leave our first session feeling understood, hopeful and empowered.
After the first appointment
Together we will decide what goals you want to work towards and figure out a plan as to how we will reach them. I frequently give homework assignments because the likelihood of reaching your goals is much higher if your working towards them in between your sessions instead of just during your sessions.
Most people come once a week, although some choose to come more or less often. Sessions last about 45 to 50 minutes each. If you prefer longer sessions there may be an additional fee.
How Long Will it Take
That could be anywhere from one session to many sessions. It depends on many factors which include, how much you want to have happen, how long the issues have been present, how much time you feel able to give to the process in between our sessions. Client motivation is one of the best predictors of success in psychotherapy, so if you're ready for change, we're halfway there.
Part of the process is ongoing evaluation of where we are, how far we've come, and where we can still go.
What does it cost?
Good counseling can make a dent in your budget, just like a great vacation does. It's an investment in yourself, in your well-being, in fewer health problems, in getting more out of your life. My current private pay fee is $75-$85 a session depending on the type of therapy. Need to make a payment? Click here.
What health insurance do you take?
I am currently in-network with Aetna, Cigna, Magellan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tri-Care and a few others. If you have a co-pay or co-insurance deductible you will be responsible for this at the time of service. I will file your insurance claim for you. If you have an out-of-network mental health benefit, you should get reimbursed for a portion of my fee, possibly the majority of it. The amount of the reimbursement will depend on your plan.