What is your approach to psychotherapy?Therapy is a place where you can talk openly, so you can feel listened to and understood. I will actively work with you to develop creative solutions. I want to hear about your goals and strengths, as well as any areas of difficulty. Unlike traditional therapy which focuses on the past, I usually find it more helpful to look at what you can do to improve the situation now. I frequently utilize solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and coherence therapy approaches.We can also explore ways to work towards your goals between sessions: for example, I can recommend self-help books to read or support groups to join, or you could practice techniques we’ve discussed in sessions. While I may offer techniques to try or new ideas to consider, I believe it’s important for you to be in charge of your own life and make your own choices.I work with people from all walks of life, including teens and seniors, and am LGBT-friendly. To learn about my approach in more detail (for example, how I would work with you on your specific situation), contact me. I will be happy to answer your questions at no charge. Please take a moment to read my office policies.
How long do counseling sessions last? Sessions are 45 minutes, generally once a week or less often, depending on your needs. If your reason for seeking therapy involves partners or family members, it may be helpful to include them in some of the sessions.
How long will I need to be in therapy? I find that many people can achieve their goals in just a few sessions, while others require longer. We can figure out what’s best for you by reviewing your progress regularly.
Can I use health insurance?
I accept several insurance plans, including:
Check with your insurance plan to verify that psychotherapy is covered, as you are ultimately responsible for the bill. An authorization number may be required prior to the first appointment, depending on the insurance. Please bring your insurance ID card to the first session.Please make any applicable copayments at the time service is provided; you may prepay by selecting Pay Now at the top of this page (far right button) or at the bottom of the Home page. You do not need a PayPal account to pay.
What are your fees?If you have no insurance or prefer to self-pay (e.g., for reasons of confidentiality), the fee is $200 per session. Payment may be in the form of cash, check, or credit card. To pay by credit card, click on Pay Now at the top right of this page or the bottom of the Home page; you do not need a PayPal account.
What if I need to cancel a session? Please give 24 hours notice if you are unable to keep an appointment; otherwise, the full session fee (not the copayment) will be charged for the time reserved. You, not the insurance company, are responsible for such charges.
How are emergencies handled?You may phone me between appointments as needed in emergency situations. If you need immediate assistance in person, you should go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital, or call 911 if the situation is life-threatening. If you anticipate frequent need of crisis services, we can discuss this and come up with an ongoing plan. I will arrange coverage by other professionals during my vacations.