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Commonly Asked Questions

I’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions that I have received over my career. It’s normal and encouraged for you to ask many questions when choosing to work with a licensed Therapist. Here are some answers to the questions I receive the most. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch with me.

Why should I talk to a therapist?

Going to therapy can be a life changing experience. Therapy can be beneficial if you have a specific problem that you are dealing with, if you are struggling with changing patterns in your life or if you are just feeling "down" and aren't sure why. A therapist can offer unconditional support, understanding and resources for you. Therapy is often transformative and helps you establish healthier coping skills, better insight, direction and clarity in your life.  

I'm concerned that if I seek therapy, my therapist is going to tell me that I should stop drinking alcohol/stop using drugs.

My philosophy is that drinking/drug use is a symptom of a bigger issue. If you are not willing or ready to stop, we will work from where you are - provided that after doing an evaluation, I feel that I am able to help you.  My therapy services include harm reduction work and relapse prevention with all of my clients.  Though I feel there are benefits to 12-step involvement in conjunction with treatment, I do not require that you attend meetings.  I will work with all clients regardless of how they choose to go about their recovery and will offer education, information and support throughout the process. 

What happens in a therapy session?

Many people are cautious about starting therapy because they don't know what to expect or they are scared to discuss things that they have never discussed before. This is completely normal.  It's very simple - we are having conversations to address the issues with which you are struggling. Our focus is on your goals and therapy is always a collaborative process. It is a safe and casual environment where you can talk about whatever is on your mind.  Typically after a session or two, I find that clients tend to feel more comfortable as we get to know one another. 

How long will I be in therapy?

Therapy is voluntary - which means that since you have decided to come in, you can come as long as necessary to meet your goals.  Some find that coming in for 3-6 months is enough time to address their concerns and others end up coming in for therapy for longer periods of time.  

I worry about my family finding out I'm in therapy.  What can I do?

All services are confidential from the minute that you contact me.  Therapy is covered by HIPAA regulations in the same way as any other medical service.  I am not permitted to disclose any information about you unless you provide your written permission for me to do so. There are a few exceptions to this which are discussed the first time we meet. 

Does my insurance cover my therapy sessions?

​Most insurances cover outpatient psychotherapy in part or in full.  You can contact your insurance company to ask this question and to inquire about your co-pay/deductible amounts. At this time, I am in network with Aetna and Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  If you have a different insurance plan, sessions are most likely still covered in part or in full through your out of network benefits. I also accept private payment for therapy sessions for those who wish to not utilize their insurance benefits.  **It is important to know that if you do utilize your in-network insurance benefits, the insurance company has access to your medical file at their discretion. I want my clients to be able to make informed decisions about who has access to their information.** 

Do you offer online therapy?

Yes.  I utilize a HIPAA compliant platform for video sessions. 

Do you prescribe medication?

I am not licensed to prescribe medication.  If you are interested in medication, please contact a psychiatrist to schedule a medication evaluation. 

How are you conducting sessions during Covid?

At this time, I am ONLY providing therapy via video until it is safer to do so in person. Most insurance companies are covering teletherapy services at this time. 

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, I accept credit card payments as well as HSA cards.

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