Welcome! Here are the links to the paperwork I will need from you and few answers to some of the most FAQ’s -frequently asked questions…
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You may need to download, print and fill out one or more of these forms. I’ll let you know which ones I need as I need them.
I will do everything in my power to protect your privacy. For detailed information about counselor-client confidentiality, and its limitations, please review the Client Information packet below.
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Q. What should I do to prepare for our first appointment?
A. To make the best use of our time together, please complete the paperwork for new clients ahead of time, and put together a list of any questions you have, so that we make sure to address them during our session.
Q. What happens at our first appointment?
A. Our first appointment is an opportunity for you and I to meet each other and gather information. I usually schedule a longer meeting (1-1.5 hours) to make sure we have ample time. My goal will be to get to know you and to learn about you. I will be asking you a lot of questions (why are you seeking counseling now? what are you hoping to change?) as well as answering whatever questions you may have. Your job will be to tell your story as openly as you can and to decide if I am a good fit for you. We’ll finish by discussing whether we want to work together, and if so, how, when and where.
Q. What if you are not a good fit for me?
A. Fit is really important and not every counselor-client combination is right. If we’re not a good fit, I won’t take it personally, and I’ll do everything I can to help you find a counselor who’s a better match for you.
Q. What’s special about your practice?
A. I’m not your stereotypical therapist. I offer a variety of services, including art therapy and equine assisted psychotherapy. We will take time to understand where you have been, what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past, and how those things affect you now. I believe that your history is important only to the extent that it impacts your choices today. Ultimately, my clinical practice is focused on your possibilities – for healing, growth and insight.
Q. What happens at future appointments?
A. After the first appointment, we will both have a better understanding of what you are seeking to change, what kind of approach you would like to use and we will begin to have more focused conversations specifically addressing those areas of most importance to you. I encourage clients to learn all that they can about the areas that we are working on. Sometimes I will recommend books, films, or articles to support you in your growth.
Q. How often will I need to see you?
A. The answer is different for every client so we’ll decide together what makes sense for you. We may meet every week, every other week, or once a month. And, we may meet for a few months, a full year, or longer, depending upon your needs. Some clients even schedule “check up” once a year just to stay focused on their progress.
Q. Do you accept insurance?
A.While we can accept some insurance, this office prefers to operate as an out-of-network provider giving clients all the necessary paperwork to file their own insurance reimbursements. Generally speaking, most insurance companies will pay a percentage of each session after you meet your deductible. Insurance companies may or may not reimburse client. It is the client’s responsibility to inquire if their insurance policy will reimburse them for sessions. There are many reasons many successful, established mental health professionals do not join insurance panels. The most important being that the in-network filing process usually requires a significant breach of client confidentiality; for example, to meet the requirements for in-network reimbursement, the counselor must submit an official client diagnosis and an ongoing progress report, treatment plan, etc. Such information requires that the therapist divulge a good deal of personal information about the client, which then becomes part of his or her permanent medical record which can be accessed by others.
Q. How do I get started?
A. The best way to get started is to call me today! I look forward to working with you!