Do you accept insurance?
I expect payment at the time of therapy. If you rely on insurance payments, the insurance company may require that I disclose your personal health information and diagnosis, which inturn may become a “pre-existing” condition that impairs your future insurance coverage.
What are your fees?
My fees are reasonable and may accommodate your situation. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.
Are sessions confidential?
Yes, except that I am legally required to report child and elder abuse, intent to harm yourself or another.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
Each case is unique and there is no guaranteed length, but after we meet, I can give you a sense of how long therapy has been for others with similar situations. The length of therapy can depend on the frequency of visits and how much you wish to explore.
I don't want to be in lifelong therapy, but I want this problem fixed. Can you help me?
From the outset, we develop ways for you to learn to cope, to recognize negative processes, and so on. I enjoy empowering my clients for the future, as I address current issues and their origins.
What is the difference between a counselor, psychologist and psychiatrist?
Anyone can claim to be a counselor, so it is important to ask about credentials, experience, and reviews. Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MD) who specialize in psychology and prescribe medication. Psychiatrists typically do not do counseling. Psychologists are doctors of philosophy (PhD) instead, and do not prescribe medication. Psychologists can offer counseling and psychological testing.
What is the difference between counseling and life coaching?
Counselors generally address emotional or behavioral problems or crises. Growth and healing are arise from insight and resolution of past issues. Life coaches focus on motivation and change in the present and future. They help to identify a goal and to create a plan of action, providing a supportive environment.