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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment?

New and current clients can schedule an appointment online through my secure portal by clicking the "Schedule an Appointment" tab in the navigation menu at the top of this page.

If you do not see an appointment day or time that works for you, please reach out to me directly and I will make every effort to accommodate a time that works for you.

Current clients can also access their individual client portal to manage appointments, review and complete documents, and update information by clicking the "Client Portal" tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

How soon can I be seen?

Currently, I am usually able to see new clients within seven (7) days.  I do require at least 24-hours notice for a new appointment, to allow adequate time to confirm the appointment.

If none of the appointment times available through the scheduling portal work for you, please reach out to me directly and I will try my best to coordinate a time that does work for you.

How long is each therapy session?

Most sessions last about 50 minutes, with the remainder of the hour used to schedule future appointments, address any "housekeeping" items or questions you may have, and allow me time to complete the required documentation of the session.

Occasionally, there may be a clinical reason that makes it best for us to schedule a slightly shorter or longer session, but most often the "50-minute  hour" is just right for clients to maximize progress during and between sessions.   

How frequently do sessions occur?

Weekly sessions are almost always the best option, especially early in the therapy process.  Several studies suggest that often more or fewer than one session per week can slow progress over time.

That said, as people are coming to the end of their therapy journey, scheduling more time between sessions can help ease the process of termination - the transition process at the end of a person's therapy journey. 

While others may remain in therapy for a rather long period of time and continue sessions at a reduced frequency (once or twice per month) to help maintain wellbeing and minimize the likelihood that severe symptoms return.

As with all elements of treatment, it is best to individualize the plan, including frequency, based on your specific needs and goals.  We will work together over time to determine the best frequency of sessions for you.  

How long will I be in therapy?

It depends, really.  Some people will begin therapy with very specific goals, and reach those goals in a few sessions (usually 12-15).  Some people are working through very complex issues and may continue therapy for a year, or years even.  However, most people experience significant progress and meet therapy goals with 4-6 months of weekly sessions.

Just as with treatment plans, the duration of therapy is highly individualized based on your needs.  Remaining in therapy for a longer period of time does not mean that you are not making great progress, simply that your path is a bit longer. Remember, therapy is as much about the journey as the destination.

Do you accept insurance?

My practice is self-pay, which allows me more flexibility in my work with clients.

Insurance companies require that I provide a diagnosis to submit a claim for payment. Some clients prefer that their mental health or substance use diagnosis and treatment history remain private from their health insurance records. Others may seek therapy because they want to change certain patterns, behaviors, or stressors in life, but do not necessarily meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental health or substance use disorder.  I also offer a limited number of "scholarships" to reduce or waive fees for clients experiencing financial hardship or who are otherwise unable to afford therapy, and contract rules/terms for in-network providers, unfortunately, make that option much more difficult.

For those who would like to use their out-of-network benefits, I can provide you with all of the documentation necessary for you to file claims with your insurance.

I also partner with Advekit, which is a service that coordinates your out-of-network benefits, completes any required, service authorizations, and manages your claims. By using Advekit you can also pay only your out-of-pocket responsibility at the time of service, rather than paying for services upfront and awaiting reimbursement from your insurance carrier. 

There is no additional cost for you to use Advekit to manage your out-of-network benefits for our sessions.

To learn more or to get started, you can contact me or visit:

What if I still have questions?

Please reach out via the "Contact" page, by phone, or by email.  I am happy to try to answer any additional questions that you may have!

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