Common Questions

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Starting therapy and finding a good therapeutic fit can feel like a daunting task, especially when you have a lot of questions or are unsure of what to ask

Below are some frequently asked questions and responses to give you a better idea of what to expect and my therapeutic approach.

What are your therapy session rates?

Individual 50-minute session: $150

Couples 60-minute session: $190

Couples 90-minute session: $240


What are your coaching rates?

Coaching services have flexible scheduling and fee options.


Which payment methods are accepted?

All major credit cards.


What is your cancellation policy?

Reminders are provided at 48 hours via email and 24 hours via text. Please remember to cancel 24 hours in advance. You will be responsible for a $100 late cancellation fee if cancellation is less than 24 hours, or if you do not show to your scheduled session. 


Do you accept insurance?

Currently, I am in-network with Optum and United Healthcare. Insurance is accepted for individual sessions only.  If I am unable to accept your insurance, you may still work with me by paying out of pocket.  Documentation for out-of-network insurance benefits will be provided upon request.  

Please be advised, that if you would like to use your Out of Network Benefits, you will need to sign a consent to release information to your insurance company. In addition, I would have to provide a diagnosis of a mental disorder for your insurance company to pay for your therapy sessions.


What should I ask my insurance company?

  • Do I have an outpatient mental health/behavioral health benefit?
  • Do I have coverage for Telehealth individual therapy sessions?
  • Do I have an out of network outpatient mental health/behavioral health benefit?
  • Do I have a deductible that needs to be met before I can access that benefit?
  • If yes, have I met the deductible? How much is remaining to meet the deductible? What would be my contribution after meeting my deductible?
  • What is the reimbursement rate for out of network outpatient mental health/behavioral health services?
  • Do you reimburse for the following CPT codes: 90791; 90837; 90834; and 90832?
  • How many therapy sessions per year does my outpatient mental health/behavioral health plan cover?
  • Is authorization required?


Why don’t you accept insurance for couples therapy?

I would be required to provide the insurance company documentation identifying one partner with a diagnosis of a mental disorder. In addition, insurance companies require a diagnosis that reflects medical necessity in which there are none listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition-TR regarding relationships that meet the criteria.  Furthermore, I believe that diagnosing one partner may further intensify feelings or thoughts associated with relationship issues perceived as imbalanced.


Can you prescribe medication?

No, medical doctors prescribe medication. However, with your written consent, your psychiatrist and other medical providers can collaborate on your treatment with me.


What is your therapeutic approach?

My therapeutic approach is culturally sensitive, direct, and collaborative. I use a framework of intersectionality to support my clients on their wellness journey. It is also important to guide my clients with recognizing how their childhood experiences, models for relationships, and attachment styles impact their current relationships. I often use an integrative approach of evidenced based treatment techniques from both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Brief Solution Focused Therapy when I am working with individuals; in addition to implementing techniques from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and The Gottman Method for my work with couples. 


What is Sex Therapy?

Sex Therapy is a form of talk therapy intended to help individuals and couples resolve sexual difficulties and improve their relationships. Sex Therapy is designed to get to the bottom of sexual issues and reverse them.

Sex Therapy may be recommended for personal conflict issues related to sexuality and sexual trauma; conflict about the relationship including consensual non-monogamy/polyamory and infidelity; out of control sexual behaviors (i.e., sex and pornography addiction); and help with a variety of physical and emotional issues that interfere with sexual satisfaction, such as erectile dysfunction, low libido, and pain. A Sex Therapist may assign activities, such as physical touch, use of dilators and enhancers, and establishing open communication to discuss relationship stress and sexual and intimate needs.


What is the difference between Coaching and Therapy?

Coaching focuses on areas outside of trauma and mental health and you should seek Therapy for healing and processing past emotional injuries.  Coaching focuses on "how" to work toward a goal, and Therapy focuses on "why" certain behaviors and patterns occur.  Coaching is short-term and focuses on the future, and therapy requires a time commitment to process the pass and present.  Coaching empowers you to achieve goals while therapy helps you learn to resolve core issues.  Coaching sessions are structured to facilitate progress and therapy sessions vary based on modality.  


What can I expect?

I will contact you for a 15 minute phone consultation to make sure I'm the best bit for your needs.  All intake documentation can be completed electronically and is required within 24 hours of scheduling the intake assessment.  Treatment starts with an assessment, after which we partner to create a treatment plan and work together efficiently to meet your goals. The therapy sessions are scheduled weekly until therapeutically appropriate to titrate to every other week.  

Each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therefore therapy with me is individualized. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. 

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process, such as, reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, listening to a podcast, engaging in intimate activities with your partner, noting behaviors, or acting on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes, are open to new perspectives, and take responsibility for their lives.


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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

10:00 am-6:30 pm

Thursday:

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