Frequently Asked Questions
What types of problems do you treat?
I work with clients suffering from an array of symptoms to include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, relationship difficulties, sleep disorders, trauma, parenting difficulties, disordered eating, body image distortions, low self esteem and work related stress. I do not treat active eating disorders or more severe cases of substance dependence that require a higher level of care. I do offer therapy for clients stepping down from inpatient or partial hospitalization programs.
What type of therapy techniques do you use?
A variety of treatment approaches may be employed depending upon your diagnosis and your needs. Most commonly used are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Humanistic Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. My approach is complimented by the use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). All of the approaches I use are evidence-based, meaning that studies and research have shown their safety and efficacy.
How long will it take me to get feeling better?
Every person and situation is different. It is important to note that you may feel slightly worse initially as therapy can bring up intense feelings. You should expect to be feeling more optimistic about things after we have had a few sessions together. It takes time to make changes but I will be here to support you as you figure things out. I have treated many clients successfully with three to four months of weekly sessions. Some clients need more time and that is okay too. Just know that you and I will work at your pace to get you to a better place on your path.
What is the difference between a Psychologist, Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist?
A Psychologist holds a doctoral degree in Psychology. Clinical psychologists are trained to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders. Treatment is accomplished through therapy. Psychologists may refer clients to a psychiatrist for medication if symptoms are severe. Psychologists complete internships where they provide therapy while completing courses for their degree and then complete 2 additional years of internships (Pre-doctoral and Post-doctoral) before being eligible for licensure. They also complete a dissertation as part of the requirement for the doctoral degree.
A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders through use of medication to correct chemical imbalances in the brain. Psychiatrists complete four years of residency before they are licensed to practice independently.
A Psychotherapist can be a variety of different things. A licensed masters level clinician may call themselves a psychotherapist. The most common providers with this level of degree are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).
What are the fees for therapy sessions?
We will begin treatment with an in-depth Psychological Evaluation which is 90 minutes long. The cost of the evaluation is 350.00.
Individual, couples and family therapy sessions are 55 minutes long and cost 250.00 per session.
Payments can be made with cash, check, Zelle, debit card, credit card or HSA card.
What are the fees for Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting services?
The Executive Coaching initial appointment is 90 minutes long. The cost of this appointment is 350.00.
Executive Coaching appointments are 50 minutes long and cost 250.00.
Analysis of Organization with an Action Plan is charged at 300.00 per hour with a 4 hour minimum. Follow up appointments for organizations are charged at 300.00 per hour and include an updated Action Plan.
Do you accept insurance?
Although I have previously accepted BCBS and Scott and White health plans, I am no longer accepting new clients wishing to claim in-network benefits with these insurance companies. If your employer has a tax-free healthcare spending plan such as a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account (FSA), you may be able to pay for therapy with pre-tax income.
Why don't you accept insurance?
Many of the clients that I see prefer the anonymity and full confidentiality that out-of-pocket payments provide. Insurance companies collect data, including frequency of visits, types of visits, diagnostic codes (required to prove medical necessity) and treatment plans. Insurance companies also have access to progress notes, treatment summaries, and diagnostic evaluations. In addition to the low reimbursement rates, the amount of paperwork and high denial rate make insurance reimbursement cost-prohibitive for many psychologists. I support policy efforts by the American Psychological Association to make mental health services more accessible for everyone.