Do you accept my insurance?
After careful consideration I’ve decided not to participate with insurance panels and cannot bill them directly on your behalf. I am considered an out-of-network provider. I can provide you with a super-bill that allows you to file for out-of-network reimbursement with your specific provider. All my clients simply pay me directly, and then any reimbursement from the insurance company would be between you and your insurance company versus between me and the insurance company. Out-of-network benefits vary widely based on provider and policy details. Please refer to the customer service number on the back of your insurance card to inquire about the specifics of your coverage. HSA cards are accepted and often the cost for sessions will count towards your deductible.
Why don’t you take insurance?
I understand this can be frustrating and sometimes a barrier to getting services. I have chosen not to be an in-network provider because this allows me, the professional, along with you, the client, to be in charge of your treatment. Most insurance companies require a diagnosis to cover any portion of counseling, which will remain on your medical record indefinitely. They will also control the number, length, and frequency of your sessions, all of which should be decided by you and your counselor. Forcing me to diagnose you unnecessarily or release your private medical information to a third-party is unfair and unacceptable in my book. I do offer sliding scale spots when available to aid those with financial stress to still be able to seek treatment. If you’re interested in seeking a sliding scale spot, please contact me and we can discuss your options.
Do I really need to come to therapy?
Honestly… anyone can benefit from therapy. Nothing needs to be specifically “wrong” in order to benefit from treatment. In fact, some of our most successful clients are those who are still functioning relatively well in their daily lives, however they feel lost, unsatisfied, or they just know things could be better. Whether it’s family issues, work stress, depressed feelings, or constant arguing with a partner, having a safe space to get some unbiased feedback can be one of the most beneficial experiences for us as we navigate life.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own.
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, We’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. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. 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.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.