What are your fees and how long are your sessions?
1. Intake Session - $150 (60 minutes)
2. Individual Session - $140 (50-60 minutes)
3. Couple/Family Session - $145 (50-60 minutes)
4. Group Session - $60/person (90 minutes)
What kind of insurance do you accept?
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare, Humana, Aetna, Medicare, United Healthcare Optum/UBH, UMR, Amerigroup/Multiplan, and Molina.
Do you see clients after regular business hours?
Yes. I primarily do private practice work on Mondays and Wednesdays and see clients between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm on those days.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, I do not prescribe medication. If that is something that you need, or we both determine that you will benefit from a combination of therapy and medication, I will refer you to someone who will assess, prescribe, and manage your prescription medication.
What is the difference between a psychologist, psychiatrist, and counselor?
The biggest difference between psychologists, counselors, and psychiatrists is that psychologists and counselors provide psychotherapy, but only psychiatrists can prescribe medications. In addition to psychotherapy, psychologists administer psychological testing and assessments for diagnostic purposes (e.g., PTSD, ADHD, LD, etc.) and make recommendations to other mental health and physical health professionals. Neither psychiatrists nor counselors provide testing or assessment services. The list below further breaks down the differences between psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors based on their education, training, and licensing requirements.
1. After completing the bachelor’s degree in psychology, a psychologist earns a master’s degree followed by a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) with a specialization in clinical or counseling psychology. A psychologist’s training also requires completing and publishing original dissertation research in their area of specialization, a one-year residency training, and completion of at least two years of post-doctoral training before becoming a Licensed Psychologist (LP).
2. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, a psychiatrist attends medical school, earns a medical degree (MD), and completes a four-year residency before he or she obtains a license to practice as a psychiatrist.
3. After finishing the bachelor’s degree, a counselor obtains a master’s degree (MA or MS) in psychology, clinical mental health, or counseling. This is followed by two years of post-degree training in order to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
How do I know how many sessions I need?
I utilize a short-term therapy approach that typically ranges from 8 to 10 sessions. Some clients need less time and some need more, depending on the nature of their presenting concerns. Most people come on a weekly basis, although some clients prefer to be seen bi-weekly, especially in the beginning. Throughout our work together, I will be checking in with you to see how our sessions are going and to make sure that you are getting what you need.
What is an intake and how is it different from the first therapy session?
The intake is a 60-minute get-to-know-you meeting. The purpose of the intake is to gather information about you, your background, and your presenting concerns. I will ask you a series of standard questions that I ask everyone who seeks my services and go over the paperwork that you signed as well as limits to confidentiality. Collaboratively, we will establish some therapeutic goals that you want to work on, and I will answer any questions that you might have. Our next meeting is our first actual therapy session during which you begin exploring your presenting concerns and start the healing!
Is my information confidential? Are there limits to confidentiality?
Yes, anything you share with me is strictly confidential and will be kept private. However, there are limits. If you are a harm to yourself or another person. If there is a suspicion or knowledge of child abuse or neglect, abuse, or exploitation of an elderly person or a person with a disability. If I learn that you have been sexually exploited by a mental health service provider. If I get subpoenaed by court. If you are a minor (under the age of 18).
How do I know if I need counseling?
Are you feeling “off,” “stuck,” or “empty?” No longer finding joy in the things that you used to enjoy? Do you simply go through the motions of making it through yet another day? Perhaps you feel like something is missing in your life but you are unsure of what it is. Or maybe you do know what is missing and would like to change something about your current situation. All of us need help at times along our journey and it takes courage to ask for what we need when we need it. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Be brave and reach out.
Does counseling mean that there is something wrong with me?
Another question that people often ask is, “Am I crazy?” The answer is no. No one is immune to life and any of us can develop mental health difficulties or find ourselves in a place of insurmountable hurt and pain, be that pain emotional, mental, physical, or all of the above. I do not believe in seeing people as conglomerates of their presenting concerns. Rather, I see them first as people. People who have struggles in their lives. My promise to you is that I will see you as a person and not a “bundle of issues” that is in dire need of “fixing.”
What kind of therapy treatments do you provide?
I am well versed in the provision of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). All three treatment approaches are evidence-based, meaning that there is a lot of research that supports their effectiveness in the treatment of specific issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, disordered eating, and so on. I am also trained in cognitive processing therapy (CPT), which has been specifically designed to treat symptoms of PTSD in the military and general population. CPT is evidence-based as well and has a long-standing success rate of effective treatment of trauma. Finally, behavioral therapy (BT) has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety, depression, panic disorder, and addiction for over 30 years and is considered the "gold standard" for psychotherapy of behavioral difficulties associated with autism spectrum and ADHD.