What is the purpose of therapy?
There are a variety of things that may cause a person to consider therapy, some of these are: long-standing issues such as addiction, problems with anxiety, depression or perhaps an unexpected change in one’s life such as death, a divorce or work transition. Some people utilize a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and/or spiritual growth. Coming to therapy can help provide insight, support, and new ways of coping with all types of challenges.

What can I expect from therapy?
It is typical to schedule a series of 50 minute, weekly sessions.  Individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request longer sessions or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complicated issues or ongoing personal growth.  At times you may have reading or homework outside of the therapy sessions.  Between sessions it is important to reflect on what has been discussed and begin to integrate it into your life.  For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant both in session and between visits.

What benefits come about through therapy?
Therapy can provide insight into life’s challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful.

Do you accept insurance? How does it work?
We are out-of-network providers for most insurances and in-network for a few.  We will provide a superbill which you can submit to insurance for partial reimbursement if we are not on your insurance plan.   In order to file a claim, we must give you a psychiatric diagnosis so that the insurance company will pay for your visit. On the average, a claim is handled by a dozen people and becomes a part of your permanent health records.    For these reasons, we ask that you carefully consider the choice to use your insurance and make a well-informed decision that is right for you.

The first thing you should do is contact your insurance company. Check your coverage carefully and find out the answers to the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
  • What amount will they cover per therapy session?

How long will I have to come?
This will vary depending on the issues you bring and your commitment to change.  Sometimes improvement comes quickly and you may eventually require less frequent check-ins.  Bringing up painful memories and feelings can at times make for a longer course of treatment.  Either way, it is always decided mutually between you and your therapist.