Frequently asked questions...for therapy
How much does therapy cost?
I am currently a private pay (otherwise known as "out of pocket") clinician and have a sliding scale between $80 to $125 per 50-minute therapy session. We can discuss what works best for you. I do have a limited number of reduced-fee slots; please check with me for availability if this would be helpful for you. I accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards.
I am not in network with any insurance panels, however am more than happy to provide invoices or superbills for you to submit for reimbursement with your insurance company.
When are you available?
I work Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.
If you call and receive my voice mail, please do leave a message. My goal is to get back to you as soon as I can, at the very most within 24 hours of your call on business days.
What happens in the free introductory consultation?
We usually start by meeting for a 30-minute free consultation. This meeting is different than therapy...it's our chance to learn a bit more about each other and make sure that I am a good fit for what you are looking for. We figure this out based off of the concerns that you are coming in with, my expertise with those concerns, and your level of comfortable with me and the way that I practice therapy.
If it doesn't seem to be a good fit for whatever reason, no worries! I can help you find referrals to other clinicians or clinics that might work better for you.
If you decide that this is a good fit and you would like to work with me, we will set a date for our first therapy session. We will also complete two forms during the consultation: one about non-secure communications and another having to do with the fee agreement. You are invited to review the rest of the necessary paperwork at home at your own pace through the online client portal, if that is something you are comfortable with.
When we meet for the first session, we can go over the forms together and make sure it all makes sense for you.
What happens in therapy?
We spend the first session or so discussing your concerns. I ask questions to help me understand what is going on in your life right now in order to learn a bit more about you, what you care about, what is going well, and where you are feeling stuck. I might offer some things to practice or track outside of session so we can gather more information. Sometimes you may need a more formal assessment, sometimes not, depending on what you are looking for and if you are wanting insurance to reimburse you for a portion of the session.
After the first few sessions we will have a clearer sense of the direction you are wanting to head and how we might start moving in that direction.
Very often we identify particular skills or exercises to practice geared towards shifting where you are feeling stuck. The therapy I offer tends to be a bit more active, and I will invite you to practice both within session and at home. We will work together to find a pace that works for you.
We will also continue to talk about how your life is unfolding. We will continue building on the skills, talk about what is going well, where the barriers are, and adjust as we go.