Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in the first appointment?
Our first meeting is a consultation where we will discuss your needs. During the course of this meeting I will ask you some questions that don’t need any preparation in advance of the appointment. You will have an opportunity to see what it is like for you to talk with me, and I will get a sense of what your needs are and how these needs can be best met. At the end of this meeting, I will make a recommendation about what I think would be most helpful to you. If therapy is not the best option , I will suggest alternative ways that you can get help. In some cases, it may be necessary to have more than one consultation session. A consultation is 50 minutes long, and the fee is the same as for therapy.
How long does therapy take?
The answer to this question varies from person to person, and it is not possible to assess in advance how long someone might need to be in therapy in order to achieve lasting change. In general, the longer you have been struggling with a problem, the longer you will need to be in therapy. My work with each person is tailored to his or her specific needs.
How often do we meet?
Once we have established that therapy is recommended, it will be important to meet at least once a week for best effect. This may be at the same time each week, or if that is not possible, the appointment times may vary. Less frequent meeting would make it difficult to have as much effect on troubling symptoms or to begin to change negative patterns as is needed. Meeting more than once a week is especially effective in achieving lasting change, but might not possible for everyone. After significant progress has been made, we can reduce the frequency of appointments.
How can I afford therapy?
As you begin therapy you should consider whether you can afford the cost of the course, so that you don’t have to end it prematurely for financial reasons. It is just as important to ask yourself what will happen if you don’t get the help you need. Investment in therapy is like an investment in education. It opens the door to a much higher quality of life than would be possible without it. If you are not able to afford to work with me in therapy, I can refer you to lower cost alternatives.
Do You Take Insurance?
I accept insurance from just a few insurance companies. If your company is not included and you’d like to use a different payment option, please contact me and we can discuss your various options.
I provide a statement that can be used for reimbursement of covered expenses.