Rates and Insurance
Therapy sessions may be covered by your health insurance provider. If you have a PPO, you usually can see any therapist you choose, and then can be reimbursed for a portion of the visits. You can also be reimbursed through a flexible spending account (FSA).
Sliding Scale of Fees
Reduced fee services are available, though on a limited basis.
Cash and checks are accepted for payment. If you would like to pay by credit card, that is also possible. I will simply ask you to fill out a form during the intake process.
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified me at least 48 hours in advance, you will be charged the full cost of the session.
Is therapy right for me?
Put simply, therapy can help you get unstuck and find new ways to think and communicate – or just live your life differently. Together we look at your challenges and find a new path forward. Oftentimes, when you talk about deeper issues and thoughts in therapy, this will be among the first times you ever voiced them out loud – which is very powerful in and of itself. I have seen people change in both big and small ways as a result of therapy, and do believe anyone can benefit.
How can therapy help?
Therapy helps in a variety of ways, both obvious and subtle. For example, initial work using cognitive behavioral tools can help you challenge irrational thoughts and become able to regulate feelings of anxiety or depression. Beyond this, therapy can help by giving you ways to cope with a challenging job or relationship, or help with solving seemingly unsolvable problems.
What can I expect during my first therapy session? Do I have to cry and talk about my mom?
During the first session, we talk about what brought you in, what is on your mind, and what you hope to get out of therapy. There is no requirement for tears and/or exploration of your relationship with your mother (though both often happen). I do not expect you to reveal the depth of what is going on for you until you are ready and feel comfortable. Therapy is about building a relationship with someone who has nothing at all to do with your everyday life and to whom you can say whatever you want, without fear of judgment or being told, “well, you should just (insert unhelpful advice here)”.
What about medication?
Medication helps many people. It is often best used in combination with therapy – not in place of it. There are things that medication cannot achieve, and also things therapy cannot achieve, but in conjunction they can make a difference.