FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
▾ Do I need a referral before scheduling?
Most clients do not need a referral; however, it is always best to check with your insurance carrier. Your member specific insurance policy determines if a referral is required.
▾ Do you accept my insurance?
I am considered an in-network provider for most Blue Cross, Cigna, Beacon Health, Magellan, CompPsych, Aetna, and Value Options plans. Though this does not guarantee your carrier will release your in-network benefits to cover services. Contact your insurance carrier to obtain member policy details regarding your behavioral/mental health benefits.
▾ Do you file my insurance for me if you're out-of-network?
A claim can be submitted on your behalf, or a statment provided to you that enables self/member filing; if filed by our billing team, no additional audits are done post claims submission.
▾ Can I use my EAP benefits?
Most insurance carriers require their policy holder/member to request authorization to use EAP benefits. Upon approval, the insurance carrier will provide the member with an authorization number, a date parameter that sessions are required to be used within, and a total number of sessions allowed. This information can be provided by the client when registering as a new patient online for verification from the billing team.
▾ Do you have weekend and evening appointments?
Yes; additional evening and weekend appointments are available for existing clients.
▾ Do you perform psych testing?
Brief diagnostic assessments; comprehensive pscyholgoical testing with accompanying anlysis are administered by licensed psychologists. A referral can be queried using your geographical location and provided to you.
▾ Do you prescribe medication?
No; medications are prescribed by licensed psychiatrists. Though I collaborate with psychiatrists to facilitate the delivery of multidisciplinary client care.
▾ Do you complete FMLA/Disability/ESA paperwork?
This type of documentation is completed on a case-by-case basis where typically, the client has consistently participated in therapy for a over 6 consecutive weeks and medical necessity has throughly been established to subsequently make that clinical determination.
▾ Do you offer group therapy?
Yes; groups are offered periodically throughout the year. Adolescent Skills and Adult Strategy/Support Groups are announced online and via mailers, with registration instructions, scheduling, etc.
▾ What is therapy and how can it help?
Therapy and counseling are terms that are often used interchangeably. Therapy is a toolbox of interventions delivered predominantly via dialogue and interactive verbal exchange. These interventions vary in their specific make up but ultimately, all interventions aim to collaboratively produce client driven emotional, cognitive, and behavioral stability through insight and clarity, honed skills, use of personal strengths, and a flexible, but strategic wellness plan. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance & Committment Therapy, and Reality Therapy are the toolboxes used most often in sessions.
+ How long will I need therapy?
In order for any clinician to make a treatment recommendation, it is best if an assessment is completed. Very generally, and informally synthesizing different research studies, most adujustment disorders tend to see significant improvement after 6-12 sessions, or even fewer. It is subjective and requires an evaluation before forming any sort of informed conclusion. Clients are encouraged to actively participate in their therapy action plan and quantify what "I'm good" would look like for them.
▾ How often does someone attend therapy?
Clients are encouraged to consistently attend 3-4 sessions over a span of 4-5 weeks largely to facilitate data aquisition and information synthesis, and to promote establishing a good rapport. Clients are never coerced in any way though, and can discontinue appointments at any time.
▾ What are the ages of the clients you see?
Adolescents and adults, ranging in age from 13-50 or more years. For younger children, a referral is made for client play therapy and/or parent-child relationship training. It is sometimes advantageous for parents to work with their own therapist while their kiddo participates in play therapy, and if I can work with parents to improve the household dynamic in this way...win!
▾ What are some of the issues or concerns you work with?
Mood disruption such as depression, behavioral and impulse control, conflict in relationships, emotional instability and difficulty maintaining emotional control, unresolved childhood and sometimes ongoing trauma, navigating divorce/separation, high emotional reactivity and poor interpersonal skills, career/academic stagnation, communication and coping skills deficits, Asperger's and subsequent coping/balancing amazing uniqueness with social assimilation, anger management, ADHD and executive functioning skills, clarification and identity formation, sanely forming adolescent development strategies, anxiety, some oppositional and defiant behaviors, mild substance abuse and use of ineffective coping strategies, grief associated with infidelity, and in severe cases, self-injurous behavior, and suicidal ideation. Every client is impressed upon, to be willing when participating in therapy and receptive to maybe doing things differently as more often than not, continuing to do what is already being done, is not working.
▾ What if I have more questions?
Ask away as they come to you! If I cannot answer answer a client's questions, I'll be super transparent and work on figuring out a way to get a sufficient answer!!