Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy

What happens during the first session?

The initial session is a time for us to become acquainted and to evaluate whether we can establish a good working relationship and whether I’m the right person to help you. It is also a good time for us to explore why you are seeking therapy and what goals you have for our work together. During the first session we will discuss fee arrangements, and policies outlined in the Description of Psychotherapy Services (Forms). If you haven’t been in therapy before, the initial session is a good time to ask and questions you have about the process of psychotherapy.

How often do I need to come?

Appointments are once per week and are 60 minutes long. Under certain circumstances appointments may be more or less often. Sometimes I am asked if it is okay to schedule appointments every other week. During the beginning stages of therapy I do not recommend every other week appointments. That frequency of meeting does not allow for enough continuity of treatment for desired change to occur or goals to be met. During the later stages of therapy, every other week appointments may be a welcome transition.

How long will it take for me to notice change?

Sometimes, people feel an immediate relief in talking with someone. But, it also happens that you may feel worse before you start to feel better. This can result from working on issues and recognizing feelings that may have been long denied.

Will my insurance cover the costs of each appointment?

I am on the following insurance panels:

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Victim Assistance

If you do not see your plan on this list, check with your insurance provider about out of network benefits, or give me a call to see how might still work together. If you have mental health benefits, you will pay the copay at the time of service. I will bill the insurance company for the balance. If the insurance company does not reimburse, you will be responsible for the balance of payment.

If you are interested in viewing my Notice of Privacy Practices you can download it here.

How long will I need to be in therapy?

During the initial session we can discuss what you are hoping to accomplish and what best serves your needs. I offer both long-term and short-term psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Short term therapy is targeted towards specific goals and can also be used for assessment purposes. However, many couples and individuals benefit from the support offered through longer term depth work.

Do I need to fill out any forms before we meet?

Yes. You may either come to the appointment 15 minutes early and fill out forms that I will have waiting for you in the waiting room. Or, you may download the appropriate forms (links below) and bring them with you.

The following forms are in PDF format. To view and/or print them click on the links below.

How do I make an appointment?

You can call me at (707) 996-4416. Visit the contact page to learn more.