Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take insurance?

At this time I'm not an "in-network" provider with insurance companies.  However, if you have out of network benefits, I can submit claims electronically on your behalf, so there's no paperwork to fill out! See the section called "Payment and Insurance" for additional information. If you aren't sure what your benefits are, is best to contact your insurance company directly and ask. If you need to stay within your insurance plan due to financial concerns, the best thing to do is go on their website and search for a behavioral health provider in your area.

What happens at the consultation?

Basically it's just a chance for us to meet in person, discuss your particular issues and what you are looking for in therapy, and answer any questions you may have about the therapy process.  At the end I'll ask you how you'd like to proceed and there's absolutely no obligation to commit to ongoing therapy.  If you just don't feel like it's a good fit, I encourage you to shop around!  Additionally, if for whatever reason I don't think I'm the best person for the job, I'll let you know and I can try to recommend someone else. You have nothing to lose!

Who are your typical clients?

Typically clients I see range in age from 18-70. My main concern is that the person is voluntarily seeking therapy (rather than a parent or spouse using therapy as an ultimatum of some kind). I've found that therapy is pretty ineffective if the client doesn't want help at that time.  Someone can know they need help but still not be ready.  

On a different note, I want to mention that I'm comfortable working with clients from all walks of life including those with "alternative" lifestyles, non-binary gender orientation, and fluid sexual orientation.

Do you offer couples or family therapy?

I only do individual therapy because I don't have enough specialized training to do couples or family therapy.  Occasionally I will do a joint session with a significant other or a parent when appropriate, but my primary focus is the individual.

How long do clients stay in therapy?

The timeframe really various from person to person depending on the types of issues we are addressing.  Additionally, what you do in between sessions greatly impacts progress.  You get out of it what you put into it! As for frequency, I require weekly sessions especially when first starting therapy because I've learned the hard way that anything less frequent results in a frustrating and tedious experience. I want clients to have hope and feel that they are making progress especially at the beginning. 

What are the main issues you help clients with?

Complex PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, any self-harm behavior (eating disorders, cutting, substance abuse) and other compulsive behaviors such as gambling, internet addiction, pornography addiction, etc.  I also help clients with general issues such as low self-esteem, relationship problems, and life transitions. I do not have experience in areas such as hoarding, Autism spectrum disorders, OCD, ADHD, chronic pain, career counseling, or learning disabilities.