Common Questions

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. Actually, what a gift to recognize when you could use a helping hand; that is something to be admired.

Why do people go to therapy?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.). Some people seek guidance toward managing a range of other concerns such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves and move toward their goals.

What is therapy like?

As everyone's journey is unique, therapy is truly a tailored experience. Therapy in our practice can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. We always welcome you to let us know how therapy is working for you.

What is your fee? Do you take insurance, and how does that work?

Our fee for individual, couples, or families  $185 per session. 

For testing and assessment, fee can vary depending on the assessment or battery requested. For group therapy, fee will also vary depending on the type of group.

In-network insurance providers:
We currently accept Aetna as well as Meritain Insurance. When you schedule a session with one of our therapists, your therapist will contact your insurance provider to determine your session co-pay (the amount of my fee for which you will be responsible at the end of each session). 

Out-of network insurance providers:                                                                                                                                                            We are happy to send you a superbill, or bill your insurance provider on your behalf. 

A superbill provides an opportunity for you to be directly reimbursed by your insurance provider following your full fee payment at the end of each session. Please note that not all providers accept superbills, so it may be helpful to check with your insurance provider to see if they will accept superbills and how much of your session would be reimbursed. If you would like your therapist to file a claim to bill your insurance provider on your behalf, any reimbursement for session will be sent directly to you.

In either of these circumstances, we recommend that you speak with your insurance provider to determine if you have a mental health deductible to meet, as this typically influences how long it will be until you can be reimbursed for sessions.  

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between myself as a psychologist and you. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is not discussed anywhere but in our session together, except for very special circumstances which we'll discuss. At your first session (or prior to your first session if we are having telehealth sessions), your therapist will provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement and consent, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist can't release this information without obtaining your written permission.

As you'll discuss with your therapist during your first session, state law and professional ethics require that your therapist maintains confidentiality except for the following situations:

* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by you or collateral sources.
* If your therapist has a reason to suspect that you are seriously in danger of harming yourself or have threatened to harm another person. It is important to your therapist that they protect and care for you in the best way possible as you work together. This may require your therapist to break confidentiality and access the resources that will help you.

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