FAQs

Do you accept insurance?

UPDATE: I’m currently not accepting any new clients with Anthem/Blue Cross.

I am in-network with Anthem/Blue Cross (not Blue Shield) and can provide services for their members. For other insurance carriers, I can provide monthly invoices  (aka Superbills) if you choose to seek reimbursements for Out of Network services. PPO plans will often reimburse for Out of Network services, but please contact your insurance provider and ask directly before scheduling. Please note that even if I accept your insurance, healthcare standards set by my practice is defaulted to the insurance standards, which may or may not reduce the quality of your care. Please feel free to ask me for more information and/or see the article below regarding using insurance to pay for therapy. Please note that the article is very biased against using insurance. While I don’t agree with all of the points, the information is generally accurate.

http://tampatherapy.com/2017/01/25/reasons-not-use-insurance-mental-health-treatment/

Why do people go to therapy?

The decision to see a therapist varies from one person to another. Most people go to therapy because they are struggling with an issue that they have not been able to resolve or manage themselves. Some people see a therapist to talk about issues that have been on their mind– others seek a better understanding of themselves and those around them.

Does seeing a therapist make me “crazy”?

Absolutely not, most people who consult a therapist often struggle with issues ranging from adjusting to life changes to dealing with suicidal thoughts. Seeking treatment early requires courage and awareness and likely increase your chances of resolving the issue.

How can therapy help me?

Talk therapy can help one understand their issue from multiple viewpoints and look closer at the factors behind why those issues persist. Your therapist can help you figure out a way for you to manage issues, if they are interfering with your daily functioning.

How long and frequent do I see a therapist?

Length of therapy is unique to the client and their issue.  Most people can resolve their issue within 10-15 sessions, others want to extend therapy to several years. Every client has a different preference, and I try to work with what best fits their needs. As a therapist, I don’t believe in keeping clients in therapy if they are not benefiting.

What can I expect for the first session?

The first session will be spent mostly on discussing the primary issue that brought the client in along with a standard mental health assessment. In addition, the therapist will also discuss confidentiality and other administrative issues.

Will going to therapy affect my privacy?

Therapists are, by law, required to keep matters discussed in therapy, private. There are a few exceptions when confidentiality is broken. Using insurance to pay for therapy is one of these exceptions. Your therapist can discuss this in detail with you over a consultation.

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