How does this therapy/counseling process work?
I offer a 20 minute free consultation on the phone to hear generally about your reasons for seeking out therapy at this time, goals/hopes you may have, and to discuss if I can be of support to you. If we both decide I can support you then we will then schedule our first face to face session.
How long is a therapy/counseling session usually?
Therapy sessions are usually 50 minutes in length. Depending on each person's individual needs, I sometimes may suggest 60 minutes or 75 minute sessions.
Do you take insurance?
I am currently not on an insurance panel. However that does not mean your insurance can't help you. If
you have a PPO plan I am identified as an out of network provider. Before our first session, please ask your insurance company what your deductible is and what they cover for out of network providers. After our second or third session, I can provide you will a "superbill" (receipt) to submit to your insurance company. You will work with you insurance company directly to be reimbursed for what you are eligible for.
These are the following questions I recommend when calling your insurance company.
1. What is the coverage for an out of network provider (which I will be for a PPO plan)?
2. What is the deductible for the coverage plan?
Why should I talk to a therapist instead of a friend or a family member?
I fully encourage and support building and maintaining natural supports outside of the therapy setting. However, these maybe some benefits of talking to a therapist:
Talking to someone that won't see me in my day to day life helps to create a more unbiased experience.
Privacy (unless there are safety issue or court ordered) to be able to talk and know it will be kept in a safe space.
Not wanting to be judged when being vulnerable.
Learning how to communicate to get my needs met.
The training and experience of a therapist helps with arriving at different perspectives, tools to manage feelings and thoughts, or solutions.
The professional training of a therapist helps to understand and deal with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental health related topics.
Being able to talk to my _____________(family member, spouse, partner) in a more neutral setting to understand eachother and communicate more effectively to build closer relationships.
Being concerned for my child or teen and learning how to connect to them.
*Do you have any questions? Please don't hesitate to call me 626-656-3158.