Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?
This is the most important factor in therapy hands down, and research supports it.
Here are some things to consider:
Can I be honest with this person?
Do I feel safe opening up about personal issues with him?
Do I feel like this therapist gets me and understands where I'm coming from?
Do I like this person?
How long will therapy take?
It depends on your goals. I want you to be satisfied that you can stand on your own and handle life's problems in a confident and healthy way. We will evaluate this together through the therapy process.
Why do I need a therapist? Why can’t I just talk to a friend or family member?
Having an educational background in counseling, I will know a variety of different ways to help and support you. Having a support network of people that will listen to you is crucial, but it is not really a substitute for talking to someone who is licensed therapist helping you with your issues. Often friends will tell you what you want to hear or voice an opinion due to their vested interest in you and the relationship they have with you. I have an outsider perspective that can be beneficial in healing and wellness.
Do you take my insurance?
We currently accept Cigna and Aetna insurance. All other fees are due at the time of your session. However, if you do not have Cigna or Aetna insurance, you may qualify for coverage under your insurance plan. We will provide you with a superbill upon request. To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
What are my mental health benefits?
How much does my insurance reimburse (usually a percentage) for an out-of-network provider?
You may also be eligible to use a Health Savings Plan. Documentation to support this is available upon request.
What can I expect during my first session?
It can be difficult making the first phone call and coming into therapy. The first session is often an information gathering session, which is why I typically schedule 60-90 minutes. This lengthier sessions gives time to take care of the necessary paperwork and enough time for you to share what your needs and desires are and to ask any questions you would like about the therapy process. In addition, it gives me the opportunity to tell you about my style of counseling and give you an idea of whether I am a good fit for your needs. The first session will be trying to get to know you, your situation, your goals, what you want to have happen in the therapy process, and what has and hasn't worked for you in the past.