Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you accept insurance?

Yes! A current list of insurance companies we are In-Network with can be found here. I am happy to look into your insurance for you to determine the In-Network or Out-of-Network benefits, your deductible, and co-insurance payment amount. There are benefits of not using your insurance, including: your course of treatment will be determined by you and me with confidentiality, there will not be any limits on numbers of sessions or restrictions on how our time is spent, and I will not have to enter a mental health diagnosis into your permanent health records. This is your choice, however, and I will gladly check your insurance on your behalf.

Do you prescribe medication?

No. Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists diagnose, assess, and provide “talk therapy.” Therapists can and do refer clients to psychiatrists for prescription medication on an as-needed basis. When a referral is made to a psychiatrist, the client and therapist continue to collaborate together to address the underlying issue or concern. Medications can help ease symptoms on a temporary basis, but are not a “cure.” Medications have been proven quite effective when taken on a short-term basis in conjunction with mental health counseling.

Is counseling confidential?

Yes. With a few exceptions (threats to harm yourself or others, for example) what you share with your therapist is confidential. Your rights and limits to confidentiality are reviewed during your first session and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Isn’t therapy for ‘crazy’ people?

No! Therapy is for “normal” people facing everyday life problems and concerns. They often just need help in removing barriers to moving forward. Many times clients report feeling “stuck” and need a little help overcoming specific issues so they can lead a more productive, satisfactory life. Clients may feel as though they are going “crazy,” but with a few months of therapy will begin to feel “normal” again.

Doesn’t therapy take forever and cost a fortune?

No. The length of therapy depends on your presenting concern(s) and what you hope to accomplish in therapy. You and your therapist will collaborate together to determine length of therapy and periodically review progress, and adjust accordingly. Three (3) months is a good starting place for many people considering therapy, and you will likely begin to feel better after your first few sessions.