Frequently Asked Questions
Who should see a counselor?
An unfortunate myth exists that counseling is for “crazy people” or for those who have serious mental issues. But the truth is people come to counseling for a wide variety of reasons.
Sometimes, prospective clients are experiencing mental illness symptoms, and this is the main motivation driving their decision to see a therapist. Other times, clients are facing a particularly difficult circumstance like losing a job, or the loss of a loved one. Others may not have a pronounced illness or circumstance–they may simply want clarity about a life decision and value the counsel of someone who’s “outside” their normal circle of influence.
How long does counseling take?
The length of counseling depends on several factors. Your counseling goals, the severity of symptoms (if you’re experiencing any), as well as your motivation level for change are just a few of the things that can greatly impact the amount of time counseling takes. I am committed to the effective use of our time together, with a desire to keep the length of counseling as brief as possible. That said it would be an unrealistic expectation to think that the counseling process is something that can be accomplished in just one or two sessions.
What about confidentiality?
Our sessions (including your file) are confidential. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality:
- If I believe you may cause serious harm to yourself or others
- If you disclose that a child, elderly person or disabled person is being neglected or abused
- If a court of law or government agency is ordering me to disclose information
How long are sessions?
Sessions last 50 minutes.
What are your office hours?
I offer sessions Monday through Friday. In addition, evening sessions are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
What is your session fee?
Each 50-minute session is $120.00. In addition, for those with financial need, I offer a sliding scale. Sessions may be paid via cash, check or credit card. Payment is due at the end of each session.
Do you accept insurance?
No. I am happy to write a receipt for services as an out-of-network provider so that you may be reimbursed by your insurance company.