frequently asked questions
Is therapy going to help me?
I'm willing to try if you are. Decades of research and studies show that therapy can be helpful for people experiencing a variety of issues. The people that do best in therapy are those that understand that it is a process and not a "quick fix". It takes a little time to develop a trusting relationship with your therapist and develop a specialized plan that will work for you. Not everyone is ready to do "the work" that is required for therapy to be successful. If you are serious about making changes in your life, then I believe it is worth taking that first step and making an appointment.
Do you take insurance?
I currently am enrolled with United Healthcare (Optum), Anthem BlueCross/BlueShield, Cigna Aetna and Medicaid (straight Title-19). I have new contracts pending with a few others insurers. I also see many patients on a self-pay basis. I understand that the cost of services be a barrier for some people, but believe everyone should have access to mental healthcare. I do see a specific number of uninsured patients on a sliding scale basis. Please contact me directly to ask about these rates.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can contact me directly through the website to set up your initial appointment. I will get back to you within 48 hours. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please do not leave me a message because I will not be able to respond immediately. For new patients, please leave me your full name and the best phone number to be reached at.
What is your availability?
I offer sessions weekday evenings, all day on Fridays and have select hours available during the weekend. For patients receiving services via telehealth, I am able to be more flexible with scheduling.
How does teletherapy work? Is it effective?
I currently offer services through a secure, HIPAA approved web provider, TherapyNotes. Any patient with access to an internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone (most tablets, laptops and smartphones) can easily access this site. Sessions are scheduled the same as an in-person appointment and will be the same duration. For new patients, I can assist in walking you through the sign-up process after scheduling your first session.
I do ask that you be in a private location and prepared to focus on our session when we meet. I will review expectations for participating in therapy sessions when we discuss scheduling.
What happens in therapy?
What happens in ongoing sessions can vary greatly because everyone's needs are so different. The initial session is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and see if we seem like a good match to work together. I will review all required paperwork at your first seession, review your personal history, assess general goals and make a general recommendation for what sort of approach will be best for you. This session is generally 60 minutes.
Is what I tell you private?
Do you prescribe medication?
No. Only psychiatrists and doctors are able to prescribe medication related to mental health issues. I have a lot of experience coordinating care with psychiatrists and doctors that are prescribing. While I cannot make any recommendations about medication, I can help you communicate any concerns you are having and provide general education about medication. It is always your choice to decide if you want to consider medication as part of your treatment.
Can you help me with a letter or form I need filled out?
If you are being referred to me for an immigration-related issue, I am happy to talk to you about how I may help in writing a report for you.