Frequently Asked Questions
Why might individuals seek therapy?
People tend to seek therapy for support when experiencing distressing symptoms that begin to interfere with their lives. Additionally, an individual might pursue therapy to learn more about themselves and their relationships, hoping to gain clarity and perspective. However, there is no set rule or requirement to begin or continue receiving psychological treatment.
Whether you have a long standing history of mental illness, you are struggling with an adjustment or life transition, or you are searching to find your personal identity, therapy can produce many positive benefits. Therapy can provide a supportive space to process complex emotions and understand what may be causing unpleasant symptoms. It can also offer a place for individuals to learn strategies to better manage emotional distress resulting from intra or interpersonal conflicts. Therapy can also help you better understand who you are and what you want in life.
What should I consider when finding a therapist?
There are several factors to consider when searching for a therapist, including level of education, training experiences, specializations, and whether the clinician currently holds a valid license (a therapist may be unlicensed and practicing under the supervision of a licensed professional). Of equal importance is goodness of fit. You want to make sure you feel comfortable talking to this person.
What will our first session look like?
During our first session together, I will provide information regarding the therapy process, review important paperwork you have signed, and offer space to clarify any questions you have. Then, I will be focused on getting to know you and understanding your needs. The initial evaluation typically lasts 75 minutes, during which I will ask questions about your medical, psychological, and social history as well as current symptomatology (although this will continue throughout subsequent sessions). Should you decide to continue therapy, I can offer some first impressions of what our work may include and suggest a plan moving forward.
How long does each session last?
The initial evaluation lasts 75 minutes. Follow up sessions typically occur once per week and last 50 minutes. I may be willing to offer longer and/or more frequent sessions, depending on the client’s needs.
What is online therapy?
Online therapy involves providing mental health services over the internet. It is sometimes referred to by different terms, such as telehealth or teletherapy. Online Therapy can be a convenient alternative to traditional in-person services. Many clients even prefer this approach, due to its convenient nature (no commute) and its comparable effectiveness to face-to-face therapy (most research shows that online therapy is about as effective as in-person psychotherapy). Online therapy allows clients to seek providers based on important factors such as expertise or experience, rather than physical location.
Do you accept insurance?
I currently accept Medicare, Aetna, Cigna, and United Behavioral Health at this time. Prior to our first appointment, I will ask for your insurance information to verify coverage.
If I am not a panel provider for the insurance you carry, your insurance plan may offer some coverage for out of network psychologists. I recommend you contact your health insurance carrier to determine if they cover out of network psychologists and what the coverage is. If you have out of network coverage, I will provide you with a monthly statement that you may submit to your insurance company.