Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy
Why do people go to a therapist?
Anyone who wants to make meaningful and lasting change in their life or relationships can benefit from therapy. Sometimes people experience divorce, loss of a loved one, depression, anxiety and other situations that they find difficult. Seeing a therapist can help give people coping and problem solving skills so they function at their best.
Do you give a free consultation? How will I know if I will like you?
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation at the end of which you will decide if you want to make an appointment to see me for therapy. After we meet for the first session, I will ask you if you think we are a good match for therapy. If you say yes, we will set up the next appointment. If you say no, I will provide you with the names of other therapists to call.
I’ve heard that therapy takes a really long time, is that true?
The length of time in therapy will depend on the goals you set. I provide short-term solution focused therapy for those who want to work on a specific problem that can be addressed with this short term therapy. I also provide longer term therapy for those who want to work on more complex issues. What we work on is determined by you. I may make suggestions or recommendations. I may express concern. However, you make the decision as to what you want to address and for how long.
Is what I say confidential?
Yes. I belong to the National Association of Social Workers and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As such, I must keep your information confidential unless you give me permission to disclose it or a court orders it. I subscribe to the NASW Code of Ethics and there are exceptions to confidentiality. These exceptions are: 1) if you intend to harm yourself; 2) if you intend to harm someone else; 3) if you are experiencing a dangerous medical situation; 4) if there is a court order to disclose information; 5) if there is child abuse, elder abuse, abuse of a differently abled person, or animal abuse; 6) if your insurance company requires disclosure of information. We will discuss confidentiality further when we meet.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, I do not. As an LCSW, I am not able to prescribe medication nor do I have the background and training to do so. I may refer you to a psychiatrist or medical doctor for an assessment for medication if we both agree it is a good idea. If you are already taking medication when we meet, I will expect you to maintain your appointments with your doctor.
How much does therapy cost?
My fee is $140 an hour. I will bill your insurance if I am a provider. You are responsible for verifying your co-pay if there is one. Co-pays are due at the time of service. If you don’t have insurance or don’t choose to use your insurance, you will be considered a self-pay client. For those who need it, I offer limited sliding scale fees.
How do I get started?
You can either call or send an email to make an appointment. I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.