Why do I need therapy?
The choice to pursue therapy is a very personal one. There are multitudes of reasons why people seek the services of a nonjudgmental person to help them process significant personal issues. It often helps to just talk about something and to get feedback. Often times we are unable to see the answers that we seek because we are too close to the issue. By allowing someone who is skilled in assisting others with issues and who has clinical training, you are taking a step in healing. Sometimes the thought of sharing one’s innermost thoughts with family and friends is a frightening idea. Therapy sessions are held in a relaxing atmosphere without pressure. The therapeutic relationship is important. It is key that you find someone that you are comfortable with so that you are able to begin you journey.
What happens at my first appointment?
The first appointment is an intake session. This appointment would differ from other sessions, as it involves gathering history and determining your needs. I will inquire about the reason you are seeking services and your past. This session is also an opportunity for us to get to know one another to determine if continuing services would benefit you. There will be paperwork and payment arrangements made during this session.
What types of insurance do you accept?
I am on the following insurance panels: Aetna, Empire Blue
Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and 1199.
What if you do not accept my insurance?
I accept Cash, Credit Card s or Paypal payments.
If you have another insurance I could be considered and out of network therapist. You would need to pay for the sessions initially and you will be provided an invoice ”superbill” to submit to your insurance. You would have to discuss the rate of reimbursement with your particular insurance, as the rate varies.
Online and in-home visits are normally not paid for by insurances; however, you can call your insurance to determine if this benefit is available in your plan.
Payment is either made prior to or at the time of service.
Is what I tell you private?
An important aspect of a therapeutic relationship is confidentiality. What you say during session is kept confidential; however, there are three exceptions to the rule. I am a mandated reporter; by law when I suspect abuse or neglect, of a child, or adult, this must be reported to the authorities. If an adult or child presents a danger to self or others, this would also be reported to continue to ensure safety. Finally, in the event of a subpoena due to court proceedings to testify or provide records.
Also please be aware that when you use your health insurance benefits to cover the cost of therapy sessions, some information may be requested, such as diagnosis and session information. If this is an issue alternative payment methods are accepted to ensure a higher level of privacy. Attached is information regarding privacy laws.
How much does therapy cost if my insurance does not cover it?
Initial intakes are $150.00
45 minute individual therapy sessions are $90.00
30 minute individual therapy sessions are $ 50.00
Group Therapy sessions $40.00
A sliding fee scale is available to those who are having financial difficulty.
How long will I be in therapy and how often will I need to be seen?
The length of therapy varies vastly, as each person’s needs are quite unique. The length of services will depend on your needs after we discuss your goals and the impact of the issues in your life. Some individual’s benefits from weekly or biweekly sessions, while others benefit from more intensive therapy more than once per week. Commitment is to the process is also key in determining the length of sessions.
What happens if I see you outside of our therapy session?
If we encounter one another outside of session, I will follow your lead. My goal is to protect your privacy completely. If you choose not to acknowledge me, I will do the same. I would never divulge our relationship.
What is the cancellation policy?
24 hours’ notice is expected barring an emergency. If there is less than a 24 hour cancellation, there will be a charge of $50.00.