frequently asked questions
What are your fees? Do you take insurance?
Free initial 15 minute consultation
$200 for 50 minutes
$300 for 80 minutes
I do not take insurance, but can provide you with a superbill that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Check with your provider for specific reimbursement policies and rates.
What if I can't afford your fee? Do you have sliding scale options?
Therapy is undeniably expensive, and I regret that the health care system we have in this country does not make it easy or equitable to access quality care. For this reason, I reserve several appointment spots for low cost and pro-bono clients. Feel free to get in touch to ask if there is any availability.
If you decide that my rate is not possible, I sincerely hope you won't give up on seeking mental health care. I encourage you to look at options such as OpenPathCollective, and using the low cost/sliding scale filter options of TherapyDen and PsychologyToday.
How does telehealth work? What if I don't have a private place to talk?
Our telehealth sessions are conducted on a HIPAA-compliant version of Zoom. When I send you documents to sign before our first session, you will also receive telehealth instructions with the zoom link.
Finding privacy when everyone is staying home can be a real challenge. Clients meet with me from their car (but not while driving!), closet, backyard, or office. If you would prefer, we can meet by phone instead of video so you can go for a walk while we talk to get some alone time. Confidentiality and privacy is ensured on my end, and I'm happy to help you be creative to find it on yours.
Are you only telehealth? Will you be going back in-person soon?
I am telehealth only. Although I miss being in person, I do not plan to go back for some time. Certainly until younger kids can be vaccinated, I am not exploring office options in order to protect unvaccinated family members and clients. I will continue to reevaluate as things evolve, and will keep an open dialogue about this with clients. Although telehealth is different than in-person therapy, I have found it offers the same connection and effectiveness with adults and older adolescents. It is more challenging with young teens and children, but still a very good option, especially as part of family therapy. I understand virtual therapy won't work for everyone, but if you think we might be a good fit, I encourage you to give it a try. I have been pleasantly surprised.
What is your policy for cancellations or missed appointments?
Your appointment time is set aside and reserved for you. Therefore, I require 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment or you are expected to pay the full session fee. If I am able to accommodate rescheduling you during the same calendar week, I can waive the late cancel fee. However, I am usually fully booked and cannot guarantee such accommodation. Missed appointments/no-shows are always charged the full session fee.
How do I know if you're the right therapist for me?
Finding the right therapist for you is the most important part of therapy. I mean that literally; research indicates that a good therapeutic relationship is the strongest predictor of positive outcomes. For that reason, I encourage anyone looking for a therapist to keep searching until they find the right person for them. I welcome feedback and honesty about the process of choosing a therapist, and feel no hurt feelings if you decide to go elsewhere. I'm not everyone's cup of tea, and I am confident the right therapist for you is out there. Take full advantage of therapists' offers to meet with you briefly for free so you can get a sense of who we are. Don't give up on finding the right person for you!
Do I need to see you every week, or can I go every other week?
Although everyone is different, when beginning therapy, I do not recommend meeting less than once a week. This is the best practice for establishing our therapeutic relationship, clarifying and working toward treatment goals, and getting into the weekly rhythm of this work together. It is my experience that clients who see me every other week feel dissatisfied with the pace of progress and sometimes discontinue therapy. Occasionally, as clients reach their goals and transition away from weekly therapy, we will temporarily move to every other week as a way of tapering down. For scheduling questions about your specific needs, please get in touch for a personalized answer.
What should I do if I am in crisis?
911 for emergency services
National Suicide Prevention Life: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Hopeline Network - links callers to nearest crisis centers: 1-800- 784-2433
S.A.F.E. Alternatives for Stopping Self-Harm: 1-800-366-8288
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Victim Connect- help for victims of any crime nationwide: 1-855-484-2846
Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
National Eating Disorder Association: 1-800-931-2237
Trevor Crisis Hotline - confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth: 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline - crisis hotline run by trans folks for trans and questioning callers: 1-877-565-8860
Crisis Text Line: Text 741741