Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer sessions by telephone, text, or video?

Services are generally provided via a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing tool. By special arrangement, some services may be available by phone. Texting is used for scheduling purposes only. 

What is "telemental health" and does it work?

Telemental health (TMH) is a fancy way of referring to mental and behavioral health services provided remotely primarily using video, later growing to include telephone and text.  Therapy via video call has been practiced in the US since the 1950s and decades of research have shown it can be just as effective as in-person care (Hilty et al, 2013; Molfenter et al, 2015 as cited in Adams et al, 2018).

How much does counseling cost?

Mental and behavioral health services generally range from $100 to $250+ per hour of service provided. Your individual cost per session will depend upon the kind of services you're seeking (e.g. individual counseling vs. family counseling) and your individual insurance coverage.

Plans currently accepted include PPO plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield &  Anthem Blue Cross.

How private / confidential are your services?

Under state law, our work together is protected very much like work with an attorney would be. This confidentiality applies to all clients age 12+ in Illinois and age 18+ in Kansas.  Everything said in session is confidential with three (3) important exceptions:

What's a professional counselor? Are you a psychologist?

I am not a counseling psychologist, though we may do similar work. I'm a professional counselor. Professional counseling grew out of the tradition of guidance counseling first developed following WWI to help veterans reintegrate into civilian life. Professional mental health counselors are now state-regulated, licensed professionals with advanced, graduate-level degrees which include training in areas like human development, psychotherapy, educational research, clinical assessment, etc. 

When appropriately licensed and trained, professional counselors can provide a wide range of psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, families, and groups, including counseling, clinical testing and assessment services, and health and wellness consulting. Click here for more information from the American Counseling Association.