Saturday, October 15, 2011


Frequently Asked Questions

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it." - Thich Nhat Hanh

What will we do?

In a mindful way we will identify the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that help and hinder you from achieving the life you want. Within a comfortable, supportive environment I will use an integrative approach focusing on your strengths. My practice is fully client directed utilizing a mind/body perspective. This technique is based on my experience that all individuals know intrinsically what is best for them. You outline the results that you are looking for and we will work together to reach your long term goals. My practice is completely confidential.

How will we work together?

I normally conduct an initial evaluation that will last from 2 to 4 sessions. During this time, we can determine if I am the best person to provide the services you need in order to meet your treatment goals.

The first appointment is 60 minutes.
After that, individual appointments are 45 minutes.
Appointments for couples and families are 60 minutes.
Telephone appointments available when needed

How much do you charge?

$120 for individual
$150 per couple and family
Sliding scale is available for clients who do not have or prefer not to go through insurance
Cash, Check, and Chase QuickPay accepted.
Payment should be given at the time of each visit.

Do you accept insurance?

Currently, I am an in-network provider for AetnaCigna, & Medicare. All other insurance plans are accepted as an out of network provider. This means that I will give you a receipt that has all the necessary coding in order for you to receive reimbursement from your insurance company.

To see if your insurance covers my services in part or in full, please contact your healthcare company and ask the following questions:

Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
What is my deductible and has it been met?
How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover? (In most cases you should have unlimited sessions.)
What is the coverage amount per therapy session and do I have a copay/coinsurance?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Can I see an out of network LCSW mental health provider? 

If you have questions regarding insurance or out of network reimbursement, please call me to discuss further.

What is your cancellation policy?

Appointments canceled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged in full.

What is your Confidentiality & Privacy Policy?

The law protects the relationship between a client and psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:
• Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, which I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
• If a client threatens serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
• If a client intends to harm themselves, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission. These measures are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

Is there anything I should do before we meet for the first time?

If you are a new client, please print and complete the following Intake Form and sign Confidentiality, Cancellation, & HIPAA forms to bring with you to our first session. Take your time to thoughtfully answer the questions, as this can be a good way to take inventory around the various parts of your life and frame issues you want to bring in to therapy.

Client Psychotherapy Intake Form
Confidentiality, Cancellation, HIPAA
If you would like me to coordinate care with another provider (for example, your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), complete this form to authorize release of psychotherapy information:
Authorization to Release Information Form