Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a life threatening illness, traumatic event, a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly or biweekly sessions, where each session lasts 50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions it is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life's challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
  • Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
  • Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
  • Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
  • Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Navigating life's obstacles more effectively
  • Improving listening and communication skills
  • Enhancing the overall quality of life

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

I contract with several insurance plans such as: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare, Triwest, Medicaid, Aetna and will accept private pay clients as well. In addition, I will contact your insurance carrier to inquire about benefit and eligibility so that you will be aware of any costs that may be associated with therapy.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.

How much is therapy going to cost me?

Prior to the initial session, I will notify you of any insurance copays or deductibles.

Regular Session Fees

$125.00 for a 50 minute session

Sliding Scale Fee can be available for privately paying clients.


Cash and check are accepted.

Insurance companies are billed directly for payment by my billing service and the client is responsible for a co pay, which will be billed directly to the client.

In some cases, the session fee is paid by the client and therefore the client is mailed a billing statement directly for the service. Payment is due within 30 days of the date on the billing statement.

Where a deductible is required, the client is responsible for payment of this deductible and will be billed accordingly in a billing statement. Payment is due within 30 days of the date on the billing statement.

Cancellation Policy

If you miss your scheduled appointment without providing 24 hours advanced notification, you will be expected to pay the full cost of the missed session.