Frequently Asked Questions
How does therapy work?
When something really bad happens and we feel powerless to control our environment or our future, we create a psychological strategy to protect ourselves. These are called defenses. Defenses are not bad things; without them we literally couldn't function.
The bad news is that defenses can interfere with your quality of life ... your ability to love and be loved, to pursue goals or experience self worth. When that happens, my job is to help you work through or around these defenses. Many of these defenses developed outside of your conscious awareness during vulnerable times throughout your past. They are no longer necessary and are depriving you of experiencing the life that you want. Gently, compassionately and tenaciously, we dissolve these defenses so you can know and express your real nature.
I do this by helping you connect with yourself as deeply as you are capable. I also help you connect with me in an honest and deep way so you can experience the essential safety and security you need in order to heal. As we work together, new restorative experiences associated with feeling loved and whole become available to you. Your relationship to yourself, your life and others starts to deepen and expand. Fear gives way to freedom and curiosity. Anger gives way to acceptance. And sorrow eases, creating room for resilience, love and self- activation.
Will my insurance cover our sessions?
I am considered an "out-of-network psychotherapist." It is best to find out about your benefits from your insurance carrier as they can differ from person to person. I will provide documentation for you so that your insurance carrier can reimburse you if you have coverage for this type of treatment. Unless special arrangements have been made in advance, payment will be due at the end of each session.
How do Out-of-Network benefits work?
Since I am an out-of-network provider we will be using your PPO insurance's out-of-network benefits. Your insurance will cover a portion (somewhere between 50-80%) of the session fee after reaching your out-of-network deductible.
This will cost you up front, and your diagnosis will be recorded, but it gives you the freedom to choose any licensed clinician and their records are more protected than if you go with an in-network therapist.
What do I ask when I call my insurance to inquire about benefits?
When speaking with your insurance provider, you may consider asking the following:
- Are my benefits running on a calendar (Jan-Dec) or fiscal year (July-June)?
- What is my individual out-of-network deductible? Has it been met?
- What is my reimbursement rate/percentage for an out-of-network provider once the deductible is met (for individual counseling)?
- Is there a limit on the number of sessions my plan covers in a year?
- Where do I mail my "superbill"/medical receipt?
Why don't you accept insurance?
This is an intentional decision, as it allows all paperwork and potential diagnosis or diagnoses to remain private.
What types of payment methods are accepted?
Cash, checks and all major credit cards are accepted for payment. Payment is due at the end of each session unless otherwise negotiated.
How often do therapy sessions occur?
The timing of sessions varies depending on how clients are doing. Clients typically come in once a week initially. Once new skills are applied to a consistent degree, we can then decrease the frequency of sessions to every other week. Typically, my clients achieve this after two months of weekly sessions.