Frequently Asked Questions:
How long does therapy take?
The process of psychotherapy is a very personalized experience. For some clients, they will achieve their goals within the first few sessions, other clients will take longer. On average, individual clients struggling with anxiety disorders find relief in 8 sessions. Couples seeking therapy average 6 months to change their relational patterns. The best predictor of brevity is how motivated the client is to change and almost all client report feeling positive change after the first session. Please call to discuss your personal goals.
How much does therapy cost?
There is no charge for the initial phone consultation, and if it isn't a good fit I will provide you with referrals for service elsewhere. Once we're ready to schedule the first appointment, you would pay for one session at a time. Each session is a $150 per 50 minute session. Though I don't directly bill insurance, I am able to provide a superbill for clients who wish to submit for reimbursement from their insurance carrier and can help you with the process.
Does my insurance cover therapy?
Maybe. It depends on your carrier and your individual plan. Almost no insurance plans cover couples therapy, though most cover individual therapy (after your deductible is met, if applicable). The only way to know for sure is to call your carrier and ask.
I struggle with anxiety, does therapy need to be partnered with medication?
Not usually, though in some cases medication is appropriate. I often encourage clients to try therapy first since it may result in a permanent solution to coping with anxiety. With your consent, I can also partner with your prescribing provider to coordinate treatment and ensure you are getting the best care possible. I am happy to discuss these concerns at our first appointment.
Therapy is "confidential", what does that mean?
The content and meaning of what you share in session is protected by law under confidentiality. I am legally bound to protect your identity and keep all documents and their contents secure and private. However, if they arise, there are three conditions I am compelled by law to break confidentiality. First, if you discuss serious intent to harm yourself or someone else, I will act to protect. Second, if there is suspected child, dependent adult, or elder abuse (emotional, physical, mental, or neglect) I will notify the appropriate agencies. Lastly, if a court of law issues a subpoena for your medical records. If none of those exceptions arise, everything you share is kept completely confidential.