Frequently Asked Questions
Taking the first step to mental wellness is sometimes a difficult decision. We have listed our most frequently asked questions below to make sure you are comfortable choosing us for your care.
How do I begin this?
First, you do have to contact me (by email, text, phone) and share a bit about what you need help with. Then we will chat about your struggles and goals for counseling. If we both agree and it seems like we would work well together we schedule an appointment (either online or face-to-face) ASAP. If you are in need of different services I will do my best to give you a referral that will be a better match for your needs.
How long will it take to feel better?
Typically, clients reported feeling less disruptive symptoms in about 1-3 months with hard work (actually doing homework and implementing changes). I do give assessments to track progress so you get proof of your awesome progression.
What happens during the first session?
The first session we go over some paper work (consent forms, intake packet, symptom tracker) and then get right to it. Watch the video below to learn more.
What to expect after day 1?
Every session I ask what the things are that resonated the most with you (so you can reflect on the main ideas we discussed). I do recommend keeping a journal or notepad to reflect on these ideas. Then I usually give you a bridge assignment, AKA: homework or “food for thought” for you to work on while you’re not in my office (where real life happens).
How does private pay work?
I am private pay meaning I do not bill insurance companies directly. I can offer you a “superbill” that you can send into your insurance company for possible reimbursement.
Some of the benefits of not using insurance are:
- More confidentiality – Your employer, doctors, or other healthcare providers do not have access to your personal information or diagnosis (unless you give permission). When you choose to receive a “superbill” to submit for insurance I have to include a diagnosis code and dates of service in order for them to consider reimbursement, which does share some personal information.
- No diagnosis required – A diagnosis does not have to be given to justify you being in therapy. For instance, if you are trying to get a security clearance or into the military, private pay does not have to disclose a diagnosis for you.
- Insurance company does not dictate terms of treatment – Length of treatment and type of treatment is not dictated by insurance companies which gives us the freedom for individual healing based on your specific needs.
Things to consider if you want to use your insurance:
- Do you have a deductible, and if so, what is it?
- What is your out-of-network mental health coverage?
- Does the therapist on your insurance panel specialize/have training in what you are struggling with?