Fees & FAQs
My standard fee for a 50-minute individual, marriage/couples, or family counseling session is $135. Accepted forms of payment are cash, personal check, all major credit cards, Health Savings Account (HSA) cards, and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards.
I am in-network with Aetna and UnitedHealthcare insurance. For all other carriers, I am able to provide an invoice in the form of a “superbill” that you may submit to your insurance for out of network reimbursement. I recommend that you contact your insurance company prior to our first session to inquire about the out-of-network benefits specific to your plan.
When you schedule a session, that time is reserved solely for you. Therefore, 24-hour notice is required to cancel or reschedule appointments. You will be charged a fee of $75 for any missed sessions or sessions canceled with less than 24-hour notice. I find that this is the fairest way for us to respect each other’s time.
Seeking out therapy is a very personal and individual choice. People choose to come to therapy for a number of reasons, although most pursue therapy during in a state of crisis. Something happened and now they have an overwhelming problem that is beyond their capacity to cope. Others may want to deal with longstanding issues that have affected their well-being for many years, work through current life transitions or unexpected changes, or desire a safe, supportive space for exploration, reflection, making meaning of experiences. Therapy can treat a variety of symptoms and presenting problems. Here are some common reasons people seek therapy:
- Feelings of sadness, depression, melancholy, etc.
- Relationship issues
- Anxiety and nervousness
- Grief and loss
- Major life events (a break-up, serious health issues or an accident, a financial crisis, aging concerns, etc.)
- Addictions and compulsions
- Existential/Spiritual concerns
- Stress and stress management
- Parenting concerns or family problems
- Sexual problems or sexual abuse
- Fertility issues
- Chronic pain or illness
- Domestic violence or abuse
- Eating disorders
- Anger Management
- Self-esteem issues
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for a plethora of issues. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Developing a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Learning skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the presenting issues or concerns that led you to pursue counseling
- Finding new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, sadness, and other emotions
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
In a typical therapy session, many things happen. With a new client, information is gathered, policies, ground rules and confidentiality are discussed, and the therapist and client work to establish trust and rapport. As therapy progresses, goals are established and various modalities are used to accomplish those goals. Examples are: psychoeducation, mindfulness practices, art therapy, breath work, dialectical behavioral therapy, and practical solutions such as working to change thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about therapy. And the answer is yes, of course the sessions are confidential! Therapy is best experienced in an atmosphere of trust. Thus, all treatment services are strictly confidential and may not be revealed to anyone without your written permission, except where disclosure is required by law. Legal exceptions to confidentiality are put in place to protect your safety and the safety of others. Limits to the privilege of confidentiality include: suspected abuse/neglect of a child or elderly person, if I believe you are in danger of harming yourself or another person, if a valid court order is issued, or when otherwise required by the law.
You can contact me, email me, or call me at (585) 615-6985. If I am not available at the moment you phone, please know that your call is very important to me! I check calls and emails frequently, so if you leave your contact information, I will get back to you as soon as possible (usually within 1-2 business days).