Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn't I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
Do you take insurance?
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- McLaren Health Advantage/HMO
- Out of Network
Do you take EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs)?
What's the cost?
Initial Session (Intake and Assessment) – $185
Individual Session – $135
Couple's Session – $165
What's the length of service?
Depending on the nature of the presenting problem(s), sessions are normally held once a week for 55 minutes. Your initial appointment includes a comprehensive assessment and will be 60 minutes in length.
Acceptable methods of payment are cash, check, debit card, and credit card. I can provide an invoice for services for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.Acceptable methods of payment are cash, check, debit card, and credit card. I can provide an invoice for services for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
How does insurance work?
Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Do you offer reduced fees?
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash and all major credit cards.
What is your cancellation policy?
No shows and cancellations within less than 48 hours WILL result in fees equivalent to the full session.
What about inclement weather?
Inclement weather is defined as weather that presents hazardous driving conditions. In the event of inclement weather, our office makes an early determination as to whether we will be closed or remain open.
What are your hours of operation?
- Tuesdays: 9am-6pm
- Wednesdays: 9am-6pm
- Thursdays: 9am-6pm
- Fridays: 9am-6pm
- Saturdays: 9am-6pm
Additional times available upon request.
What if I have an emergency?
If you are experiencing an emergency, please contact:
National Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233