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answers to real questions

----Why should I go to counseling? I don't believe in it.
Don't go to counseling. Yes, you read correctly. At least, not at first. Do everything you possibly can think of to remedy your situation. Read books, listen to podcasts, talk to friends, go to your doctor, practice mindfulness, make sure your diet and exercise are in line with a healthy lifestyle, get plenty of sleep, incorporate playfulness into your life, etc. If you find yourself stuck in the same place, even after all your efforts, this is a good indication sitting with a professional may be helpful.  
----Are you going to do that psychoanalysis mumbo jumbo on me?
This isn't the 1890s and I'm not Sigmund Freud. I have a couch in my office, but I'm not going to make you lay on it and force you tell me all your deepest, darkest secrets. You may want to do those things, but it'll only be because you choose to. I try to make your time with me as comfortable as possible. Frequently, clients tell me they didn't feel like it was a counseling session. I work hard to make the conversation feel natural. 90% of what I do is listen and ask questions providing a space for you to increase awareness and process emotions.  I primarily use 3 modalities of therapy: Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Emotionally-Focused. 
----How long do I have to come?
If you're choosing counseling with me you can rest assured I do not believe anyone should do therapy longer than they need, want, or find it beneficial. I work with each person to determine their specific needs, goals, and timeline for ending our therapeutic relationship.
----What should I expect?

Every therapy session caters to your specific goals. It's standard for me to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life. I will always listen more than I talk. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each one lasts around 50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things most people experience as a result:

  •   Compassion, respect and understanding

  •   Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings

  •   Real strategies for enacting positive change

  •   Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

----Do you take insurance?

Yes, I currently accept BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, United, and Ambetter. To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:


  •   What are my mental health benefits?

  •   What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

  •   How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?

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

  •   Is approval required from my primary care physician?

If I do not accept your insurance I am considered and Out of Network Provider and will provide you with a detailed statement in order for you to file for reimbursement with your insurance carrier

----Is it confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communication between a client and the therapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.


However, there are some exceptions required by law or my discretion to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse, dependent adult, or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person.

  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

  • Some court related issues. 

  • Abuse from another mental health professional

----How much is this going to cost me?
Maybe a better question to ask is, "What is it worth for change to occur in my life and/or relationship(s)?".  What dollar amount would you put on being in a marriage that was fulfilling and meaningful instead of waking up everyday feeling numb or distant? Not to beat around your question. There are many costs. Your time. Your effort and energy. But, you're likely meaning what's the cost per session. 50 minute individual sessions without insurance are $125 for individuals and $150 for couples. I also accept the following insurances: BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, United, Ambetter, Beacon, and TRICARE.
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