My Approach to Helping
Beginning psychotherapy can be an overwhelming task and the process of change can be scary. My goal is to provide my clients with warmth, support, and respect so that they can approach therapy and reach their goals in a safe and trusting environment. Therapy is a collaborative process and I work together with my client to establish goals at the start and throughout the course of care. I believe this relationship is the foundation to successful psychotherapy and provides the support to explore one's deepest thoughts and emotions. I practice from a psychodynamic perspective, which means I believe that the past influences our present. Together, my clients and I explore this connection to understand patterns and the roots of behaviors and emotions. I utilize cognitive behavioral techniques to help clients identify more adaptive ways of coping and thinking. I also believe in helping clients to build on their strengths to enhance the person they are.
More Info About My Practice
My fee is $200 for a 45-50 minute individual psychotherapy session. Reduced fee is available on a limited basis. Cash, check, and credit card are accepted forms of payment at the time.
I am an in-network provider for Anthem BC/BS.
I do not participate as an in-network provider with most health insurance or employee benefit plans; however, most insurance companies will provide partial or full out-of-network coverage for services rendered by a licensed psychologist. In addition, psychotherapy is an allowable expense for your Health Spending Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA). My clients utilize these benefits by paying for therapy services out of pocket and then submit a claim to receive reimbursement for out-of-network coverage. Check with your insurance company for specific benefits applicable to your plan. I will provide the paperwork required by your insurance company or HSA/FSA for you to submit for your entitled reimbursement.
The reason I primarily practice as an out-of network provider is so that I can work directly (and privately) for you. There is a a greater degree of privacy and confidentiality since I am not required to share a great deal of your personal information with the insurance companies. Our sessions are not pre-set and our treatment plan is not overseen by the insurance company to control their costs. We are better able to work collaboratively to determine your needs and length of treatment.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
As I stated above, therapy is difficult. It takes courage and strength to ask for help and to address the painful emotions that are addressed in therapy. Many people choose to avoid these feelings as a way to seek relief from the pain; however, it does not resolve the underlying issues. Psychotherapy encourages individuals to be open and honest and to work through the pain rather than avoiding it. A weak person would not be able to take on that challenge. I often talk to others openly about the benefits of psychotherapy not just as a Psychologist but also as a client. In order for the stigma of psychotherapy to be broken, I believe I need to be open and honest too. Hopefully, it changes at least one person's mind and he/she takes the opportunity to seek therapy and give themselves a more peaceful life.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The length of psychotherapy is dependent on many factors including the reason for seeking treatment. In my practice, I collaborate with my clients to establish goals and throughout our work, we evaluate if and when these goals are met. Together, we will determine when therapy is complete; however, I respect an individual's choice and I believe that a client has the right to discontinue at any time if they so choose. Typically, I meet with my clients weekly, but frequency is based on individual needs.