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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I make an appointment to see you instead of one of the other therapists in my area?

You are my only priority during the hour (yes, a full hour...not 45 to 50 minutes). In addition to my compassion and undivided attention, I am providing feedback and asking questions throughout our time together. You will never have to wonder whether I am paying attention to you and taking your problems seriously.

My goal as a therapist is to become an expert in you. I strive to learn about your experiences, feelings, and beliefs in order to provide you with the best care possible.

Outside of sessions, I am someone who regularly attends workshops, conferences, and trainings in order to become familiarized with the latest in evidence-based treatment approaches.

If something arises, how can you be reached between sessions?

I provide my cell phone number for clients to use in case of an emergency. I encourage contact between sessions to further practice what was discussed. If one of my clients has difficulty when working towards a goal, I welcome phone calls or e-mails to discuss what went wrong and can be done differently. I return calls as soon as possible.

If I call you, how long would I have to wait for an appointment?

I usually reserve slots during the week for clients who need to reschedule, emergency sessions, and people who want to begin treatment as soon as possible. So if you wanted, you could be seen within a day or two.

Do you ever have sessions that last longer than an hour?

Yes. It depends on the issues that we're addressing. If we're working on something outside the office (social anxiety, driving phobia, social skills training, etc.), sessions can last from 90 minutes to 2 hours at a time. Intensive anxiety/phobia treatment (when requested by the client due to time constraints or a desire for maximum effectiveness of the techniques) may require sessions that are longer and/or more frequent than once a week.

What is the session fee?

Therapy sessions are $180 per hour. I slide the fee down under special circumstances (i.e. college students paying for sessions themselves, members of the military or their families, when your insurance provides no out-of-network benefits, etc.). Payment is expected at the end of each session, and can be done through cash, check, or credit card.

What is the cost of an evaluation?

It is $600 for a gifted or IQ test. For a more comprehensive evaluation, it can range from $1500 to $2000 depending on the type or amount of assessment measures administered.

Do you take insurance?

Not directly. I am an out-of-network provider for nearly every insurance company. The process for getting reimbursed for session fees by these companies is usually pretty simple:

Step 1. At the end of the month, I send you a form in the mail.
Step 2. Send the form to your insurance company.

If there are any additional forms, I take care of them. All the companies are different in terms of deductibles and percentage of the fee that is reimbursed, so I strongly suggest calling your insurance plan for specifics.

What if additional types of treatment (i.e. medication, speech therapy, occupational therapy) are needed?

I provide you with referrals to local professionals for additional evaluations and combined treatment approaches. I only suggest those with whom I have worked in the past and feel comfortable recommending.

Is everything discussed during therapy or the evaluation confidential?

The answer is mostly yes. Usually, the law protects the confidentiality of all communication between a therapist and a client. I cannot disclose anything to anyone without your written permission to do so.

But there are a few exceptions where authorities must be notified. The most notable being suspicion of abuse, a threat of self-harm, or a threat to hurt someone else.

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