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How do we start?

The most important element in therapy is finding someone who is compatible with you. After receiving your initial message, I will call you to briefly discuss the issues you want to address and see if you would like to schedule an initial meeting. In our first session we will explore more deeply what is bringing you to therapy, and you can ask question about my credentials, education, and approach to therapy. We will also review my office policies. In the documents section are forms that I would like you to bring with you to the initial session.

How often to we meet and how long will it take?

I tend to see clients weekly or bi-weekly, according to the issues and challenges they are facing. My sessions are 50 minutes but can be longer if we are doing EMDR or couples counselling.

The length of therapy is quite difficult to predict. Together we will clarify your goals of where you want to be when you feel ready to end therapy. Over the course of therapy, we will regularly revisit these goals to determine how effective therapy is in helping you reach find your desired results.

 

What are your fees and do you take insurance?

Please contact me to discuss rates. I do not accept HMO insurance directly for payment, however if you have a PPO health plan, your company may reimburse a percentage of what you have already paid. Please contact your health care provider to see if they reimburse for services rendered by an “out-of-network Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.” I can provide you with a monthly statement that you can then submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. It is important to know that most insurance carriers require a mental health disorder to qualify for coverage and reimbursement.

Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • What are my mental health benefits? Do I need to meet a deductible?

  • What is the coverage amount/percentage per therapy session?

  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover per calendar year?

  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?

What is your cancellation policy?

A scheduled appointment means that time is reserved for only you. If you need to cancel an appointment, please notify me as soon as possible. A full session fee is charged for missed appointments or cancellations with less than a 48-hour notice.

The No Surprises Act (H.R. 133)

 As of January 1, 2022  all health care providers must offer a good faith estimate of expected charges for services and items offered to uninsured and self-pay consumers.

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