Answers to COmmon Questions
Is therapy right for me?
I believe everyone can benefit from the healing and awareness that therapy provides. Each individual is unique and seeks therapy for different reasons. Therapy is becoming a norm among newer generations who are changing the stigma of therapy from being seen as service for “crazy people” to a service that is seen as necessary for a balanced life. Individuals may seek therapy to process past traumas or learn new coping skills for daily stressors. Whether you are struggling with adjusting to life transitions, feeling overwhelmed with emotions, or looking to discover more about yourself – therapy can help support you.
What can i expect in my first session?
ContactI offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are the right fit. Please contact me here to schedule a call.
After scheduling your first appointment, you will receive intake paperwork via email. It is important that you complete this paperwork before session, so we can use our time together to explore your main concerns.
The first session is focused on getting to know you and your goals for therapy. This is an important step in the process because each individual is unique. Learning more about your history and concerns allows for a tailored treatment plan.
How do I know if a therapist is the right fit for me?
The relationship between therapist and client is of the upmost importance in the therapeutic process. It is important that you feel cared for, listened to, and understood. A good relationship – including the relationship between therapist and client – includes honesty and communication. With my clients, I encourage you to speak up if you are upset by something I said or feel that your treatment is not going in your preferred direction. I am open to listening to these concerns, as therapy is a collaborative process.
Is everything kept confidential?
Confidentiality is of the upmost importance. You want a safe space to share what is on your mind and in your heart. In general, what is discussed in therapy is kept confidential. There are some exceptions to this, which are addressed in the intake paperwork and in the first session.
HOW MUCH DOES THERAPY COST?
Each therapy session is generally 45-50 minutes long and occurs weekly. The fee per session is $150.
I am able to offer a sliding scale fee for individuals experiencing financial hardship, on a limited and case-by-case basis.
I accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.
I uphold a 48-hour cancellation policy. Clients must cancel or reschedule an appointment at least 48-hours in advance or they will be responsible for paying the full session fee.
DO YOU OFFER ONLINE THERAPY?
I am able to offer HIPAA-compliant online sessions on a case-by-case basis. This service is only offered to individuals who are physically located in CA.
I understand that sometimes it can be difficult to find a therapist who is the right fit and located nearby. I also understand how difficult it can be to find the time to balance therapy, school, work, and commuting. If you feel that you are ready for therapy but unable to make weekly in-person sessions, online therapy may be a good fit for you.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
I accept PPO health insurance plans as an “out-of-network” provider. I am able to provide you with a Superbill at the end of each month. You are responsible for submitting the Superbill to your insurance company in order to receive reimbursement directly from your insurance provider. You will be responsible for paying the full session fee at each scheduled appointment.
I recommend checking with your insurance company prior to starting therapy to find out what coverage you have for therapy services with an out-of-network provider.
I recommend asking your insurance provider:
- Does my insurance plan include mental health insurance benefits?
- What is my annual deductible, what is its start date, and has it been met yet?
- How many sessions does my health insurance cover per year?
What are the benefits of self-pay?
Sometimes it can be confusing to understand the difference between services covered by insurance and self-pay services. There are many reasons why people prefer self-pay therapy services. A few reasons are:
- Most insurance companies require a mental health diagnosis within the first few sessions to meet criteria for insurance coverage.
- This information becomes a part of your permanent health record, which can impact qualifications for life insurance and security screenings for employment.
- Insurance companies decide how many sessions you are allowed per year. This can be difficult for individuals who want to see a therapist more frequently.
- Therapy is a collaborative and private relationship between the therapist and client. Self-pay allows you to take your mental health into your own hands, without insurance deciding the “necessity” of treatment.