What do I need to bring for my first appointment?
When you schedule your first session, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access your online portal. The portal will have forms that need to be completed prior to your first appointment. You can complete these forms online. In addition, please bring appropriate form of payment. Payment is due at the the time of service. Please see “Rates and Insurance” for more information .
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance directly. However, some insurance companies offer full or partial reimbursement. Please contact your insurance provider to find out if they provide reimbursement with a superbill. I do accept FSA and HSA as forms of payment for services.
When considering using insurance directly, please note that your insurance provider may limit the number of counseling sessions per year. Additionally, it is important to know your deductible or co-payments that might be required per session. You may be required to pay full session fees until your deductible has been met.
I offer a sliding scale fee in place of accepting insurance.
Do you only see individuals with eating disorders?
No. In addition to providing therapy to individuals suffering from eating disorders, I also see people with trauma, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective, but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. It is important for you to take an active role in goal-setting and participating in session.
How long will it take?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.