What kind of therapy do you practice?
I work with a flexible, eclectic approach utilizing the "whatever works" principle. Expressive, dynamic exploration is an important approach that underlies most therapeutic conversation. For stress, traumatic memory and anxiety I often use EMDR, mindfulness training, cognitive behavioral and other body-centered techniques. When possible, a short-term treatment will be used to reach goals. Always, strength-based and positive psychology are at the forefront of my thinking along with awareness of the spiritual foundations of meaningful human life.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING OUR SESSIONS?
Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. Therapy involves a commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be thoughtful about the therapist you select. If you have questions about my procedures or the work we are doing, we should discuss them whenever they arise.
DO YOU WORK ON WEEKENDS?
I will see someone on a weekend if it is absolutely necessary and we cannot find another mutually convenient time to meet. I do not schedule regular appointments on weekends. I am in the office every day, I start early and work late several evenings a week.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THERAPY?
In order for us to set realistic treatment goals and priorities, it is important to evaluate what resources you have available to pay for your treatment. If you have a health insurance policy, it should provide some coverage for mental health treatment. I am not a participating provider in any insurance networks. You will be expected to pay for each session at the time it is held, unless we agree otherwise. In circumstances of financial hardship, I may be willing to negotiate a fee adjustment or payment installment plan. Please remember that you (not your insurance company) are responsible for full payment of my fees. It is very important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.
How do you work with INSURANCE?
If you have out-of-network benefits, a portion of my fee with be reimbursed to you. I will fill out and submit forms and provide you with whatever assistance you need in helping you receive the benefits to which you are entitled. It is very important that you find out what your insurance policy covers. I will assist you in understanding the information you receive from your insurance company.
Once we have all of the information about your insurance coverage, we will discuss what we can expect to accomplish with the benefits that are available and what will happen if they run out before you feel ready to end your sessions. It is important to remember that you always have the right to pay for my services yourself to avoid problems with insurance limitations.
Do you offer free consultations?
No. We usually can answer any additional questions during our initial phone call.
WHAT IF I HAVE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS?
Therapy can help alleviate the strain of financial issues, and may even help eliminate the financial burdens themselves. Therapy can help people evaluate whether their spending habits are unhealthy or their attitudes about money are the product of problematic lessons learned in childhood. That being said, I recognize that therapy will cost you money. Many people agree that it's the best money you can spend on yourself in your lifetime.