FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Is marriage counseling and therapy right for me?
Seeking out marriage counseling is an individual couple’s choice. There are many reasons why couples come to counseling. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing relationship issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a counselor can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Counseling can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Counseling is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
Do I really need counseling? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. Counseling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. Counseling provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can counseling help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in counseling. Counselors can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhance coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Counselors can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from counseling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from counseling include:
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek counseling
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

What is counseling like? Every counseling session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for counselors to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during counseling sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around forty five minutes. Counseling can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the counseling sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For counseling to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking counseling are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of counseling:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Is medication a substitute for counseling?In some cases a combination of medication and counseling is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, counseling addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.

Insurance.
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per counseling session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Do you accept insurance?
I am out of network with most insurances. At the time of service you are expected to pay for services rendered. I will give you the needed information for you to request reimbursement from your insurance company and you will receive a check directly from your insurance company.
Can I still ask my insurance company to reimburse me directly for my counseling services with you?
Yes. You may do so by contacting your insurance company diectly.  Most insurerance companies allow you to file receipts from our sessions for reimbursement. I will provide you with all of the information you need, as well as assist with filing should you need help. It is best to contact your insurance company  (your card may say mental health or behavioral health) at the 1-800 number on the back of your insurance card for out-of-network reimbursement information.Be sure to check your coverage carefully. The following questions may help you get an understanding of your benefits:

  • What are my mental/behavioral health benefits?
  • Do I have out-of-network mental/behavioral health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per counseling session?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Is counseling confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and counselor. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The counselor is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The counselor is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The counselor will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
Confidentiality & Privacy Policy.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a counselor, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

Fees: (Payable by cash, check, Visa or Mastercard)
Reserving a time to meet with me means that the time is exclusively yours and becomes unavailable to others. UNLESS YOU GIVE 48 HOURS NOTICE OF CANCELLATION, YOU ARE CHARGED FOR THE APPOINTMENT WHETHER YOU COME OR NOT (similar to a hotel reservation). Because of this, you will be asked for credit card information when you schedule your appointment. All clients, regardless if they are coming for an individual sessions, couples sessions, or family sessions are required to participate first in an intake session.   
INTAKE Session: $120.00, includes:

  • 45 minute session
  • Preliminary report to your physician (if you wish)
  • Goals and Treatment Plan for Therapy Sessions
  • Professional Recommendations to implement immediately after session

Follow up FULL Session: $120.00, 45 minute session

Follow up SHORT Session: $70.00, 20 minute session

Follow up EXTENDED Session: $ 160.00, 90 minute session

GROUP Session: fees vary

Payment.
Payment is expected before your session. Cash and most major credit cards are accepted for payment. In some cases, health plan benefit cards with a VISA or MASTERCARD logo are accepted by the payment system.
Cancellation Policy.
If you do not show up for your scheduled counseling appointment, and fail to cancel it, at least 48 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session. Payment for the missed session is expected before a subsequent appointment time will be granted.
Schedule Online.
Request a counseling appointment online here.
Contact.
Questions? Please contact me for further information.

 

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