Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know when it’s time to see a therapist?
Here are some questions that can help you clarify your need for therapy: Is there a persistent problem, condition, and way of feeling that has been bothering you for a while? Is there something that you want to change in yourself or your life? Are you tired of having the same conversation about something over and over in your head or with your friends, yet nothing seems to change? Do you feel alone? Are you tired of feeling the way you have been feeling? Are you ready to do something about it?
If you answer yes to any of these questions… it’s time.
How do I choose a counselor?
Your counselor needs to be someone you’re comfortable with to be open and honest. This may take a few sessions before making this judgement. Many people also want a counselor that is credentialed with their insurance provider. Also, is your counselor available when your schedule permits?
What is therapy like?
Every counseling session is unique and will revolve around each client’s goals. Sessions are typically once a week and about an hour long. It will also be important to work toward your goals between sessions to maximize your efforts.
How much does therapy cost?
The cost of therapy depends on any deductibles and/or copays required by your insurance plan. I will let you know of these before starting your sessions. You can also call your insurance company to find out. The out-of-pocket fee is $60.
Here’s how you will gain the most benefit for the cost of therapy:
1. Look at the money you spend on therapy as an investment in your future. The benefits you experience will justify the expense.
2. Be an active participant to your fullest capacity. Your therapy will take work – on your part and on mine. If you don’t put honest effort forward you won’t feel as if you are getting your money’s worth and you will likely resent the cost.
How long does therapy last?
Everyone has different needs and goals. It’s hard to say how long it will take to progress on these goals. It depends on many factors. However, my goal is to work myself out of the job so that my clients make progress and no longer need therapy. Clients have the ability to end counseling at any time and for any reason. I recommend each client schedule a minimum of 2-3 sessions to start and figure out whether counseling is something they would like to continue. I check in with clients regularly to assess progress and needs.
Do you prescribe medications?
I am not qualified to prescribe medications of any kind. I can offer referrals for psychiatric services, and you have the ability to sign release forms to allow me to consult with your prescribing physician.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes. By law I am bound to protect your confidentiality. The exceptions to this are related to child or elder abuse, a threat to harm another person or if you are in danger of self harm. If you want to use a third party payer to pay for therapy it will be necessary to provide the information required by your insurance company which will likely include a diagnosis. If this is the case I will discuss with you what is disclosed to an insurer. I will review confidentially during the first session.
What is telehealth?
Telehealth involves the use of electronic communication to allow you to see and talk to the therapist in real time anywhere you have a sufficient internet connection. I use Doxy.me as a platform for telehealth.
- There is no need to download software or create an account. Just use a browser on a computer or device with a camera and microphone and a sufficient internet connection.
- All data is encrypted, your sessions are anonymous, and none of your information is stored. Doxy.me adheres to HIPAA data privacy requirements.
- Instructions: Your therapist will email you a link to connect to Doxy.me. Click on this link at the time of your appointment and the therapist will start the video call with you.