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, it 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 free consultation?

Basically it's just a chance for us to meet in person, discuss your particular issues and what you are looking for in a therapist, 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'll be able to help you with the problems you are presenting, 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 25-60, though I've also worked with teens as well as elders. 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, family, or group therapy?

I primarily 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 can vary 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!  The average length of stay for clients is one year. As for frequency, I require weekly sessions for a minimum of 6 months 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 right from the beginning.  When it makes sense to move toward ending therapy, I can offer biweekly sessions for 3 months before stopping completely. 

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.