How can therapy help me?

Therapy can be helpful to people who are experiencing major life transitions or new and stressful life challenges. Therapy can also help people who are finding that their usual coping mechanisms are not working to keep them functioning at their best in work, in relationships or in their personal lives. Therapy can provide a safe and empathic place to talk about what's upsetting you, and to find new ways of responding to your current challenges. Therapy helps people increase their understanding of themselves, their relationships and their patterns of thinking and feeling.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

During therapy sessions you are asked to talk about your current life challenges and your responses to these problems. Sessions last 45 minutes. Therapy is confidential, it is up to you whether you let anyone know that you are in therapy. Usually people come once per week, and progress and goals are regularly discussed. Some people who are in a personal crisis need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about what was talked about in sessions and try out new ways of thinking and behaving. A client's motivation for a different life and an interest in better self-understanding are the keys to life-enhancing change.

What do you charge? Do you accept insurance?

Individual psychotherapy or initial evaluation meetings are $175. Checks, cash or credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) are accepted. If after our initial meeting either of us believes that for any reason you would be best served by another clinician or by another treatment modality, I will be happy to provide you with appropriate referrals on a no-fee basis.

If you want to use your insurance, I am an out-of-network provider. You pay the fee directly to me and I will provide a receipt and any other documentation needed for you to submit to your insurance company for fee reimbursement directly to you. In order to find out how much reimbursement you would receive, contact your insurance company and find the answers to the following questions:

  • Do I have insurance coverage for outpatient mental health?
  • Is pre-certification required by my primary care physician before services will be covered?
  • Do I have an out of network deductible that must be met
    before reimbursement begins?
  • How much do you pay per psychotherapy session (cpt code 90834) for an out of network psychologist?
  • Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
  • How many therapy sessions per year does my plan allow?
  • Are there requirements for the psychologist to periodically re-certify the need for continued therapy?
  • Are there particular forms that I or my psychologist must fill out to obtain reimbursement? (Please obtain these forms.)