Frequently Asked Questions

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1. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT YOU?2. DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?3. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IN-NETWORK AND OUT-OF-NETWORK INSURANCE COVERAGE?4. WHAT IS THE SESSION RATE?5. WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENTS CAN I USE TO PAY FOR MY SESSION?6. HOW MANY SESSIONS  WILL I NEED?7. HOW LONG DO SESSIONS LAST AND HOW FREQUENTLY ARE THE SESSIONS?8. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?9. WHAT IF I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE TO SHARE PRIVATE INFORMATION?10. WHAT KIND OF THERAPY DO YOU PRACTICE?11. WHAT IS EMDR?

1. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT YOU?

You could use the method of contact you feel most comfortable with. You could call me, email me, or make an appointment directly from my website by going to the appointments page.

2. DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

I am in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Optum, which includes Oxford, United Healthcare, and Oscar. Plans that fall under Community/State/Medicaid/Medicare categories are not accepted. In general, it is recommended that you always check with your plan for eligibility of outpatient mental health services.

3. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IN-NETWORK AND OUT-OF-NETWORK INSURANCE COVERAGE?

If you are using services within your network you will only be responsible for copays and the amount of your deductible if you have one.  If you are using your in-network benefits, payments for services will be made directly to the provider.  If you have a deductible, you will be responsible for making payments for sessions until your deductible is  met.  For example, if your deductible amount is $500 and it has not been met, you will be responsible for paying the first $500.  Once it is met, the insurance will begin paying for your sessions (minus any applicable amount of copay for which you would be responsible).  It is recommended you find out ahead of time what is your deductible and copay amount for outpatient mental health services.

People who are using out-of-network benefits will be responsible for the full session fee at the time of their appointment and will be reimbursed a percentage of the fee by their insurance plan once claim is submitted to the insurance company. The rate for reimbursement is determined by your plan.  It is recommended you contact your plan directly to find out the rate of reimbursement for outpatient mental health services.

4. WHAT IS THE SESSION RATE?

The rate per session is $200 and is due at the time of each appointment.

5. WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENTS CAN I USE TO PAY FOR MY SESSION?

Currently acceptable forms of payment are check, cash, Zelle, Venmo, and PayPal.

6. HOW MANY SESSIONS  WILL I NEED?

There is not one concrete answer to this question. The number of sessions required usually depends on the nature of the problem, the type of therapy used, and the pace at which progress is being made.

7. HOW LONG DO SESSIONS LAST AND HOW FREQUENTLY ARE THE SESSIONS?

Individual therapy sessions last 45 minutes, while couples and family sessions last 60 minutes. The frequency of sessions depends on the nature and severity of the issue.

8. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

Typically, your first appointment is a consultation session that will give me the opportunity to get familiar with the nature of the issue that brings you to therapy. During this visit I will also answer and clarify any questions you might have about the therapy process and the logistics involved. I want you to go into this with an informed decision and a feeling of comfort.

9. WHAT IF I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE TO SHARE PRIVATE INFORMATION?

This is a very common feeling when people enter therapy. I would like you to know that I offer a safe, confidential, non-judgmental, and accepting environment. While some people feel comfortable to share their most intimate issues with me during their first session, others take time to build confidence and trust. Since usually it’s the topics that people feel uncomfortable with that contribute into their issues, I encourage you to share this information to help me better understand the situation. Yet, I also would like for you to know that you may need to go at your own pace and this is ok too.

10. WHAT KIND OF THERAPY DO YOU PRACTICE?

I am an integrative therapist and utilize different approaches based on the issue that needs to be addressed. While all cases involve a dynamic exploration that underlies most therapeutic conversation, other approaches are incorporated to help you get most of therapy and make progress. Among them are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Relational Therapy, Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I am also a Level 1 Trained Gottman Therapist and use this model to treat couples who come for help with their relationships.

11. WHAT IS EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that is used to treat PTSD as well as many other conditions, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, and addiction. When a disturbing event occurs, it can get stored in your memory along with negative feelings and sensations associated with that experience. It is a widely recognized therapy approach that deals directly with how the brain processes information. It can help you reprocess memories and let go of emotions associated with them in order to help you move past your traumatic experiences.