What happens during the initial session?
During the initial office visit, you will be asked to discuss the concerns that are bringing you to therapy. I view therapy as a partnership from the very beginning. During your initial session, I can help you define your expectations for therapy. You might discuss your previous experiences in treatment, or you might want some “orientation” about what therapy involves. I will also gather information about your history, your strengths, and your goals. At the end of the session, we should have a solid sense of whether we can work well together, and if so, I will share with you my impressions about what this work might include. Information about availability, fees, office location, and scheduling will be discussed as well. You are welcome to ask any questions you have at that time.
Do you take insurance?
I do work with insurance companies, and am considered “out-of-network” provider for many plans. I recommend that you contact your insurance company and inquire about your mental health benefits (particularly your “out-of-network” benefits). I will be happy to help you find out more about your plan, if it seems confusing or if you are unfamiliar with the terms. Further, my billing person will provide you with all the necessary paperwork for filing claims throughout your treatment. Feel free to call with questions about this; we are happy to further explain how you can use your insurance to pay for therapy.
What is your orientation and what would our sessions be like?
I have experience with a wide range of orientations and will tailor the treatment to what best meets your needs and expectations.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
The length of therapy varies according to the nature, duration, intensity, and frequency of symptoms or problems. I typically recommend that patients come one to three times per week. Some patients only come to a few sessions while others come for a year or more. By the end of our initial session we should be able to decide together what may be the best course of treatment for you.