Your first appointment
Please try to arrive a few minutes before your scheduled appointment at our offices in order to allow time to find parking and the office suite. The address and map are on the contact page of this website. Fee session amounts are agreed upon prior to the initial appointment.
What should I expect from the initial appointment?
The initial appointment will last for approximately an hour and fifteen minutes to ensure there is ample time for us to establish a rapport and discuss your concerns, as well as have you complete brief paperwork. It usually entails a discussion of your psychotherapy history and an exploration of how therapy could be most productive for you. If we agree that we are a good fit, and I feel I can help you, appropriate goals will be discussed. Sessions following the initial appointment are 50 minutes.
A Superbill/Statement is available to clients with PPO insurance plans that enable them to go out of their network. Please understand that if you choose to use your insurance for therapy services, a mental health diagnosis is required. This, unfortunately, will be part of your permanent health record which could ultimately result in rate increases for life and other insurance policies and is seen as a risk liability to certain employers. Private pay eliminates the need for a diagnosis. Our discussion will help you understand a given diagnosis before being submitted to the insurance company and whether using your insurance plan makes sense for you.
Rates and Payment
Entering therapy requires you make a commitment of time, energy, and money. While I have a standard fee, I prefer to discuss that in person when you contact me. As stated, sessions are typically 50 minutes, and most clients see me weekly. However, we may decide to increase or decrease the frequency of sessions depending on your unique situation and needs. All payments are made at the end of each session unless otherwise arranged. Check or credit card is preferred.
I appreciate that one of the main obstacles to receiving therapy or counseling services can often be financial. Based on your situation, a reduced fee may be available (also referred to as a sliding scale).
Your appointment time is reserved just for you. If you cannot come to your appointment, we can often schedule someone else who needs to get in on an urgent basis. If you cancel an appointment within 24 hours you will not be charged. However, if you cancel with less than 24 hours notice you will be charged the full fee for the session. Illness and emergencies are dealt with on an individual basis.