FAQS

 

HOW DO I BECOME A CLIENT?

Selecting a psychotherapist is a highly personal decision and requires time and thought. The therapeutic relationship is collaborative, involves trust and the fit between the client and therapist is one of the most important factors in the success of the therapy. To see if I might be the right person for you to work with, I like to talk at some length before scheduling an initial appointment. This usually takes about thirty minutes, is done on the telephone, and there is no charge. We will discuss why you are seeking therapy and my professional approach to the issues you describe. If it does not seem to be the right match, either for clinical or practical reasons, I will suggest other options. When we meet for our first session, we will continue to assess if the fit is right and will decide together whether ongoing therapy with me is right for you. If necessary, I will help you seek other options.

ARE MY SESSIONS CONFIDENTIAL?

I will protect the confidentiality of all information obtained in the course of therapy, except for compelling professional reasons, and in accordance with the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and the Laws of Maryland and/or the District of Columbia. The general expectation that social workers will keep information confidential does not apply when disclosure is necessary to prevent serious, foreseeable, and imminent harm to a client or other identifiable person. In most situations, I can only release information about your treatment to others if you sign a written authorization form.  However, there are some circumstances in which no authorization is required.  Federal Law (HIPAA) specifies these circumstances. A copy of your specific rights as a patient and health care recipient will be provided.

DO YOU PARTICIPATE WITH ANY INSURANCE COMPANIES? DO YOU HAVE A SLIDING SCALE?

I do not participate in any insurance plan as an in-network provider. After sessions, I provide a statement of service with codes and diagnosis required by insurance companies for out of network reimbursement for you to submit yourself. Check with your insurance provider for details about what your out-of-network mental health benefit is and whether you need to fulfill a deductible to receive reimbursement for out-of-network mental health coverage, how to obtain a mental health claim form and where to submit claims. On a case by case basis, I do offer consideration with my fees and encourage you to raise any concerns about the fee when we speak.

HOW DO I PAY? WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Payment is required at the time of service unless we specifically make another arrangement.  I accept cash, checks or payment through Paypal (if you wish to use Paypal please discuss details with me). Rates are agreed upon before we begin therapy; I review and revise my fees on a yearly basis in January. Cancellation notice is required twenty-four hours prior to an appointment to avoid charges for a missed session.

HOW LONG DO THERAPY SESSIONS LAST? HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET? HOW LONG MIGHT I BE IN THERAPY? WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO THERAPY LIKE?

A therapy session will last for 45, 60 or 75 minutes and we will decide together what makes the most sense for your needs. Couple and family sessions often require 60 or 75 minutes. Sessions are usually scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis, but sometimes meeting more frequently is useful when working on issues requiring more support. Commitment to therapy with regular attendance is important and will help you get more out of the process.  I work with my clients in both short-term and long-term counseling. Often clients can feel better after a few months, but length of time in therapy varies based on your specific issues. I work eclectically drawing on techniques from several modalities including psychodynamic psychotherapy, the strengths based model, family therapy, and mindfulness techniques used in cognitive behavioral therapy. We will work together to tailor a plan for your therapy to meet your needs.

WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY

If you have a crisis which needs immediate assistance and you cannot reach me, please go to your local hospital emergency room or call 911.

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