Common Questions

Is psychotherapy right for me?

Therapy is the process of uncovering the roadblocks to change that can get in the way of realizing your full potential.  Whether its improved relationships, a greater feeling of connectedness, stopping unhealthy patterns, or improved well-being, therapy will increase your awareness of your personal process and help you cultivate coping skills so that your daily experience is more fulfilling.  Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns and overcome whatever challenges you face.  Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges.

What is psychotherapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual’s or couple’s specific needs and goals.  It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions which last around fifty minutes for individuals and an hour and a half for couples.  Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.  For therapy to be most effective, an individual or couple must be active participants, both during and between sessions.  Some of the things one can expect out of therapy are:  compassion, empathy and respect.  I teach clients real strategies for enacting positive change in their lives as well as effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance.

What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is an alternative approach to the traditional combative divorce process.  It helps divorcing couples and families move beyond the divorce and look to the future in a less painful way.  Collaborative divorce engages divorcing couples outside of the courtroom in an open and supportive way that helps them resolve issues by developing shared solutions that meet the needs of the family now and in the future.  The process is open and mutually respectful.  It is a team based approach where each client has an attorney, and the option to use a mental health professional as a divorce coach, a child specialist, and a trained financial professional for additional support.  Rather than judges making decisions for one’s family, clients are direct participants in the outcome.  I serve in both the roles of divorce coach and child specialist to families.

Is Psychotherapy, Coaching or Consultation Services Confidential?

All information discussed in our sessions is confidential and will not be revealed or discussed to anyone without your written permission.  There are, however, certain situations where the law requires information to be revealed without your written permission.  These include:

  •  A client is in danger to him/herself or others;
  •  There is reason to suspect the occurrence of abuse or neglect of a child, a dependent adult, or a developmentally disabled person; and/or
  •  A Court of law orders disclosure of information.

Do you accept Insurance?  How does insurance work?

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), most insurance plans will pay for partial reimbursement for psychotherapy services.  Although I do not participate in any insurance plans, I will provide you with a statement of service with codes and diagnosis required by insurance companies for out of network reimbursement.  Below is a list of helpful questions to ask when contacting your insurance company regarding reimbursement.

1.  What are my mental health benefits?

2.  What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

3.  How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?

4.  How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?

5.  Is approval required from my primary care physician?