Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from therapy?

I will spend the first few sessions simply getting to know you and talking more about your perspective of the problems that prompted you to call me. This article also provides some helpful information about the kinds of questions I may be asking you in our initial meetings.

An important part of therapy is confidentiality. I am bound by law to protect all information we discuss in our sessions, with certain exceptions (if you sign a consent for release of information between individuals or parties, if you disclose intent to harm yourself or others, or if there is evidence of child or elder abuse). This confidentiality is an essential part of therapy and is critical to trust-building.

As we continue to work together, we will identify specific goals that are tailored to the issues that you wish to address in therapy. At times, our work together may involve sessions that focus on emotions or behaviors that are difficult to face. Ultimately, I hope to use our time together and the trust that we build to help you address patterns of behaviors that may be impacting your relationships, work, or other issues.

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What is your fee?

 

My fee is $160 per session. A portion of my practice is dedicated to sliding scale clients. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me to talk to me about your personal circumstances.

 

Unless otherwise arranged, payment is due at the time of service. I accept cash, check, and credit card.

 

Please also note that I have a no-show/cancellation policy. With the exception of emergency situations, sessions for which you do not show up or cancel less than 24 hours in advance will result in a charge of $50.

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Can you bill my insurance for your services?

 

I am currently in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice, and Northwestern Aetna.

 

If you have another insurance carrier, I am happy to work with your insurance company to inquire about out-of-network benefits, and I am also able to provide documentation should you wish to receive reimbursement from your insurance company. This article provides some information on the kinds of questions you can ask your insurance company about your mental health coverage. I recommend contacting your insurance company's behavioral health hotline, typically found on the back of your insurance card, to inquire about the details of your plan.

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How long are your sessions?

Typically, sessions are once a week for 50-60 minutes. Depending on your needs, I may sometimes schedule 90-minute sessions or multiple sessions a week.

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How long does therapy take?

The duration of your treatment is largely dependent on the issues you wish to discuss in therapy. After our first few sessions, we will work together to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific goals and needs. I have a collaborative style that invites feedback and participation from you. Part of therapy also includes ongoing assessment of progress toward treatment goals. When you feel like you have met your goals, we can either discuss creating new goals together or terminating treatment for the time being.

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I still have some questions you didn't answer here.

That's okay! I understand that starting treatment with a new provider can be a daunting process, and many other questions may come up. Feel free to call or email me, and I would be happy to talk with you further.