1. Do you accept insurance?
Yes. I am a licensed psychologist and am covered by some insurance. However I am an out-of-network provider and do not accept Medicare or Medicaid. Policies vary significantly and you should check with your insurance company to determine the extent of your mental health benefits, your annual deductible, and whether or not your sessions need to be pre-authorized.
2. Do you participate in any HMO panels?
No, I do not.
3. What kind of client do you work best with?
Someone who can take responsibility for his or her feelings and behavior and who is seeking self-knowledge as well as symptom relief. I believe that long-term improvement hinges on understanding what early influences, including inherited temperament, contribute to the person you are now. I believe that people can maximize their control over their own lives by understanding how past events, combined with basic temperament, create the person he or she is today. Most change requires self-awareness and self-knowledge is power.
4. What can I expect when I come for my first visit?
After introducing myself, I will ask you to have a seat and simply talk to me about what your current concerns and/or symptoms are. Even if people have been thinking about coming for therapy for years, there is almost always a recent event that serves as the catalyst for calling and making an appointment. Common examples are a recent onset of symptoms, like an anxiety attack, trouble sleeping, fears of being physically ill, lack of interest in life, trouble handling intense feelings, relationship problems, or difficulties at work. Sometimes people may not know exactly why they are coming. Instead they experience an uneasiness that leads them to call. Making the decision to go for therapy is difficult and requires courage. There is no problem too large or too small to address if the person is motivated to do so. It is normal to feel anxious about calling a therapist and feeling nervous about coming to the first session. It is my job to help my clients relax, talk about themselves freely, and begin to feel better. I encourage my clients to express any concerns they have about participating in treatment, including how the process works and anything about my credentials or clinical experience that may be important to them.