What is your fee? Do you take insurance?
My fee is $200 for a 50 minute session and $300 for a 90 minute session. I do not offer any reduced fees or sliding scale fees. Payment is due at the end of each session and can be made by cash, check, credit cards, debit cards including health savings account cards through your employer.
I do not take insurance or contract with any insurance companies. I will provide you with a receipt that you can use to file for reimbursement with your insurance company. You will need to contact your insurance provider to see if your insurance policy reimburses you when you see a therapist outside of their network of providers. I do not work with insurance companies or communicate in any way with your insurance company. For an insurance company to pay for any counseling, the therapist must assign the client a mental health disorder diagnosis code.
I do not view my clients as having mental health disorders. Rather I view my clients as having understandable reactions to upsetting life events or the inevitable ups and downs of life. When you file your counseling sessions through your health insurance, your mental health disorder diagnosis code becomes part of your health record and so there is a possibility that others may have access to your diagnosis.
Your diagnosis codes can also be used to determine your future health insurance premiums. If you choose to assume this risk and if your symptoms meet the criteria of a mental health disorder code, I will provide you with a receipt that has all the codes and information that your insurance company requires for you to file a claim to be reimbursed by your insurance company.
Can you help me with...? What issues do you work with?
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How many sessions will I need?
Many of my clients report significant improvements or benefits after just a few sessions. Most of the work I do is brief, focused therapy where we meet weekly or every other week over a few months to address your counseling goals rather than meeting for a year or more. Clients often comment on how quickly we resolved issues that they’ve been struggling with for years.
Some clients choose to work with me for a year or more as they are working on a range to different topics and/or want the healing power and benefits of an on-going therapeutic relationship. Many clients work with me for a few months on some issues and then they may reconnect with me months or years later to work on a new topic or stress that has come up due to the inevitable ups and downs or changes in life.
Some clients who contact me specifically for EMDR therapy experience significant shifts and relief in just a few sessions, less than 10 hours of total time with me.
The number of sessions we have together depends on your interests, goals, the scope of work, your history, the quality of the client-therapist relationship, your ability to engage in the process during session and apply or reflect on what we discuss between sessions, and new events or changes that may happen in your life during the course of our work.
You do not have to commit to a certain number of sessions and you are free to end our work together at any time.
Research on the effectiveness of therapy consistently shows that the single most important factor for determining the effectiveness of therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist. We heal, change and grow through our relationships with others. So when you think about the number of sessions you need to meet your goals, you need to factor in the time it takes to develop a relationship where you trust the therapist and feel comfortable expressing yourself.
My goal is to facilitate your process of meeting your goals for our work. I am conscientious about clients not becoming dependent on the counseling relationship, and I do not prolong therapy when you have met your objectives or if the process is no longer beneficial for you.
How often will we meet?
Typically, we will meet every week or every other week. Frequency of sessions and session length depends on what we are working on, your schedule and your preferences.
Can I work with you without reprocessing a memory with EMDR?
Yes. The choice is yours. In addition, not all issues require desensitization and reprocessing of upsetting memories. EMDR is not a technique. It is a psychotherapy orientation that recognizes that the root cause of many present days problems are memories of upsetting events that are stored or encoded in your brain in a way that doesn’t serve you. My orientation as a therapist is not simply short term symptom relief, but identifying and treating the root cause of your present day problems, so you have lasting improvement in your well-being. EMDR is a highly efficient and effective way of doing this. However, it is not the only approach I use. It is not a cure-all and is not applicable or appropriate for all situations or clients.
What’s the benefit of talking with a counselor versus my spouse, friends or family?
A therapist can be more objective than a spouse, friend or family member. People who you are that close to may respond to your situation in a way that is influenced by their own needs, values, preferences and history with you. A therapist sets aside their own needs and values and is focused on supporting your needs and doing what’s in your best interest.
A therapist also applies knowledge and training in counseling, psychology, human development, trauma, anxiety, addiction, and other specialties to help you understand your own experiences and facilitate meeting your goals.
What are some of the benefits of counseling?
Counseling is a way to work on your emotional muscles and become emotionally stronger and healthier. Counseling can help you identify and strengthen your positive qualities, provide support during a transition, help you understand and break negative patterns, help you gain perspective on a situation, solve a problem or heal from emotional wounds or upsetting experiences.
Counseling can also help you understand yourself better and become more conscious of how your history, perceptions, feelings, attitudes and behavior patterns influence how you relate to others and move through the world.