Why should I see you?
Like other licensed mental health professionals, I have the training and credentials required to offer counseling services. Beyond that, I can honestly say that I love what I do and cannot imagine doing anything else. When you make a commitment to enter into a counseling relationship with me, I will also make the commitment to be there for you and to support you in the counseling process. I will always respect you as the expert on yourself and look to you to make the goals in our work together.
How can counseling help me?
Counseling will offer you the opportunity to develop a unique relationship. The counseling relationship is one that is based on unconditional positive regard and nonjudgement. It is not my role to judge you, nor is it my role to decide what is best for you and lead you to make such decisions. My role is an objective and non-biased one, and is focused on listening to you, guiding you through a thorough exploration of yourself- past, present and future- and fostering insight. Your own insights will guide you to make decisions and take subsequent actions.
What will the first session be like?
In the first session, I will work to understand what brought you into my office and how we can work together to get you to where you want to be. In order to do this, I will ask you questions about your current situation, as well as your past. We will discuss some preliminary goals of what you would like to accomplish during our work together. This is also a great time to discuss any questions or concerns that you might have about the process.
How long does counseling take?
This depends on you and what you are looking to gain from counseling. Some clients bring one, concrete issue to counseling and are able to move through the process and resolve the issue in a few sessions. Other clients bring multiple issues that have developed over a long period of time and wish to remain in the safe and supportive counseling relationship on a long term basis. The bottom line is, as the expert on you, you will know when you are ready to leave the counseling relationship. I encourage my clients to speak to me about this in order to facilitate a positive end.
Will what I share in sessions be kept confidential?
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the counseling profession. I consider it an honor and a privilege that clients are able to share the most painful, personal and private issues and feelings in their lives with me. I will never compromise your confidentiality unless, it is necessary to prevent you from harming yourself or someone else, or is otherwise required by law.
I may discuss your case with a colleague or mentor for the purposes of supervision in order to provide the best possible services to you. If this is done, it will be done without disclosing your name or any identifying information.
What are the fees?
The fee for counseling services is $150 per session for individuals and $180 per session for couples. However, a sliding scale may be available if this is a barrier for you. Payment is due at each session and will be accepted in the form of cash or check.
A block of 10 sessions can be purchased for $1200, yielding a savings of $300. Please inquire for further details on this cost saving option.
Can I use my insurance to cover the cost?
I do not participate on any insurance panels; however, if your plan offers out of network benefits, you may be eligible for reimbursement after a deductible is met. I will provide you with an invoice at the end of each month and if you choose, you may submit this to your insurance company for reimbursement. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to inquire about out of network benefits.
One of the main reasons, I do not participate on insurance panels is because doing so, requires clinical management by a representative from your insurance company which may compromise confidentiality and treatment.
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