Are all insurance plans accepted?
I see clients who have PPO plans through their insurance. I am considered an "out-of-network" provider. As such, I do not work with insurance companies directly. As the client, you would pay your fee at each session. Every six sessions (or less often if we agree to this), I provide you with a summary - a super bill - detailing the diagnosis, session dates, and fees paid. You then submit that super bill to your insurance for your reimbursement.
Helpful questions to ask your insurance provider:
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- Do I have a PPO plan and am I able to select a therapist of my choice?
- What is my deductible and how close am I to meeting that deductible?
- How much is covered by my insurance per therapy session?
How long will I be in therapy?
We will set up goals at the beginning of treatment, based on your needs, and we will periodically check on progress towards those goals. Therapy ends when you feel you've met your intended goals.
Clients may feel some emotional relief after 6 to 10 sessions, but addressing complex issues and deeper challenges will need more time.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes, therapy is confidential. You and I may decide that exchanging information with another professional or with a family member may be useful for your progress. In that case, you would decide what information can be shared and with whom.
As a licensed clinician, I am under certain legal mandates and ethical guidelines that allow for the breaking of confidentiality under certain circumstances - these are designed to protect your safety and the safety of others. You will find these exceptions to confidentiality detailed in our office policies.
Outside of those circumstances listed above, you don't have to worry about anyone else finding out what is happening in your life.
Should I try distance therapy?
Online counseling offers the same therapeutic service as face-to-face sessions, with the convenience of being easier on your schedule.
Clients find it helpful to have sessions while traveling, during lunch, or in the evenings. Other clients feel they can relax into the process more fully while they're at home. Some clients appreciate the privacy it affords given that they don't have to sit in a counseling waiting room with others.
What are other resources I can access?