Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need therapy? The thought of it makes me feel weak.

Everyone could benefit from some form of assistance at some point in their lives. Meeting with a therapist doesn’t make you weak! If anything, it demonstrates your strength by reaching out to someone for help when you’re feeling vulnerable. Sometimes having an outside party listen to your struggles with an unbiased outlook can prove to be really helpful and be that extra push towards overcoming obstacles.

So how does therapy work?

Each session is about 45-55 minutes in duration. During your initial visit, we’ll spend some time going over intake forms including. The following visits are up to you! Dependent on what you bring into the session guides how our time will be utilized.

How long should I expect treatment to be?

There’s no fast and easy answer to this. Your counseling goals determine how long you may benefit from some guidance. Your time in counseling can be as straight-forward as one month to several years

What is confidentiality? And what does that mean for me?

Laws are also in place to protect your privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) contains a privacy rule that creates national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and personal health information, including information about psychotherapy and mental health. (via http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/confidentiality.aspx)

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule.

Exceptions include:

– If the therapist suspects child abuse/ dependant adult/ elder abuse

– If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person

If a client intends to harm their self, the therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, the therapist is required to break confidentiality.

Will you complete “XYZ” forms?

No. I do not provide: custody evaluations, legal guidance, disability form/assessments or court testimonies.

Do you accept insurance?

I am currently accepting, Highmark, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Behavioral Health/United Health Care/Optum & Optum EAP, and Magellan. I also provide a sliding scale dependent on household income.

I don’t see my insurance listed, does that mean I can’t see you?

Don’t fret! Feel free to reach out and we can look into your insurance situation. Insurance can be quite complicated and there are so many different plans out there!

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