What can I expect during my first visit?
Each therapy session is unique to the client and therapist. During your first visit to my practice you can expect to complete initial intake forms, provide personal background information, and discuss any primary concerns. At the conclusion of the initial session, we will decide together whether or not ongoing sessions are warranted. If we agree to schedule a follow-up session, I will most likely assign a homework exercise. I believe that homework is important to the process in keeping momentum between sessions and to integrating therapeutic concepts.
Will my therapist try to convince me to take medication?
No. While I believe that some clients benefit from a combination of talk-therapy and psychopharmacological treatment, we will decide together which treatment methods are best for you. I will always respect your right to choose.
How long are the sessions? How many sessions will it take before I start to feel better?
Standard sessions are scheduled at 50 minutes, once per week, to start. Progressing forward, sessions will taper down to conclusion of treatment. Sometimes, however, individuals who are struggling with a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. Together, we will decide the number of sessions necessary for you to benefit. There may be times when I might suggest that you take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as enrolling in a specialized support- or educational-group. Ongoing, you will most likely be asked to complete homework and/or workbook exercises.
What should I do if I don't feel a connection with the therapist?
It is very important that you feel a connection with your therapist. My desire is that you feel comfortable with and confident in whomever you choose to work with. If either of us feels that your needs would be better served by another therapist or a therapist with a specialty of which I am unfamiliar, I will do whatever I can to provide you with an appropriate referral or recommendation.
Can I use my insurance?
Yes. I am a provider on several of the major insurance panels. You may learn more by clicking on the Rates and Insurance link. If you plan to use insurance after reviewing the Rates and Insurance information, you may want to contact your provider to learn more about your behavioral health benefits. All out-of-pocket expenses (deductible, copay, coinsurance) are due at the time of service.
What is HIPAA? How is my privacy maintained?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information. I am required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information. For detailed information about your rights, choices, uses and disclosures, responsibilities and changes to the terms of my privacy practice notice, please return to the Home Page and click on the Privacy Practices subpage link.