Frequently Asked Questions
IS COUNSELING RIGHT FOR ME?
Yes, counseling can be beneficial for anyone. There are many different reasons people seek counseling. Sometimes it’s to address long-term mental health issues such as trauma, depression, or anxiety. Sometimes it’s in response to life transitions such as beginning/ending school, starting a new job, or changes in relationships. Sometimes people are just looking for support as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Counseling is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by creating greater self-awareness, challenging unhealthy patterns, taking responsibility, and working towards change.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM COUNSELING?
The first step is finding the right therapist. I offer a free, 15 minute consultation so you can decide if I am a good fit for you. Our first few sessions will be spent getting to know each other, discussing what led you to counseling, and defining your goals and expectations of therapy. Sessions will include a combination of conversation and intervention while we explore past and present issues that are impacting your life. You can expect to be encouraged, supported, and challenged - which isn’t always easy. Together we will tackle your goals so you can see real change in your life.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED COUNSELING?
Sessions last 55 minutes, with the frequency being determined on an individual basis. I typically recommend weekly sessions, especially when we first start working together, in order to maximize progress towards your goals. The duration is up to you, as some experience relief after just a few sessions, while others require a longer commitment in order to do deeper work.
CAN I USE MY INSURANCE?
I am an out-of-network provider, which means I do not bill insurance. I made this decision after years of trying to format my work to fit the increasing guidelines and restrictions of insurance providers. In order to use insurance benefits, therapists are required to provide a “reimbursable diagnosis” within the first session. “Reimbursable diagnoses” include depression, anxiety, personality disorders, etc. It does not include relationship/marriage counseling, bereavement, general stress issues, life transitions, etc.
Using insurance benefits also means having your personal and confidential records available to insurance companies whenever they request them. Additionally, insurance has the power to limit session length and duration, or end coverage altogether.
Being an out-of-network provider allows us to dictate your therapy so that you get exactly what you need, keep your records confidential, and solely focus on your goals.
I am happy to offer you the necessary paperwork (superbill) to file with your insurance provider for possible partial or full reimbursement. This is only possible if you have been given a reimbursable diagnosis. Please understand that not all insurance providers offer out-of-network benefits. It is best to contact the number on the back of your insurance card and speak with a representative about your specific benefits. I am happy to walk you through this process at any time.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
I charge $165 for 55 minute individual sessions and $190 for 55 minute couples/family sessions.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
You may cancel or reschedule an appointment anytime, as long as you provide at least 24 hours notice. If you cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, or fail to show up, you will be charged the full session fee.
WHAT IF I DON'T LIVE NEAR YOUR OFFICE?
I am able to provide counseling services to anyone in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This is made possible through the use of Telehealth. For more information about Telehealth, please see below.
WHAT IS TELEHEALTH?
Telehealth, also known as online therapy, is the practice of providing counseling services through electronic means - I currently offer video counseling to those who prefer this method or are not local. Telehealth is appropriate for addressing most issues and can make counseling more accessible to those who have trouble making in-office appointments. Telehealth is not appropriate for everyone. Those who are in severe crisis, or who are actively contemplating suicide would not be best helped by Telehealth and should seek a therapist locally. If these concerns every arise during the course of our work, we will have an emergency plan in place to connect you with local resources.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Click the button below to schedule a free, 15 minute consultation with me. Or, if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, give me a call and I will get you on my schedule.