Frequently Asked Questions

 

What can I expect in a therapy session?

During sessions we will talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 45-50 minutes and usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or writing in a journal. For therapy to "work," you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.

 

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous help to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

 

  • Getting a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy

  • Finding new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Managing anger, depression and other emotional pressures

  • Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others and have others listen to you

  • Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and developing new ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems

  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

 

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

Yes I accept most major insurances. Your insurance plan may also allow you to visit providers who are not in network. The first thing you should do is check your insurance coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

 

  • Do I have mental health benefits?

  • What is my deductible and has it been met?

  • How much is my co-pay?

  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?

  • How much does the insurance company pay for an out-of-net provider?

  • Is there a limitation on how much they will pay per session?

  • Is primary care physician approval required

 

If you choose to not use insurance, the initial session fee is $140 and each session thereafter is $120.

 

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule.

 

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. However, as the therapist's primary goal is to keep the client safe, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.