Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical Questions 
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  1. How long is each session?
    Sessions are typically 50 - 60 minutes. For couples I recommend 90 minute sessions.
  2. What age clients do you see?
    I primarily work with adults but will work with children as young as 8 years old if he/she is struggling with issues in which I have experience treating.
  3. How often would I/we come?
    This can depend on a wide variety of issues including your needs and goals. Typically I start seeing clients once a week but may decrease therapy to every other week as we are making progress.
  4. For how long will counseling continue?
    This also depends on a variety of issues. However, many clients come for 10-12 sessions. After our initial assessment session, we will set up a treatment plan together so you will know what to expect.
  5. What if we don't "click"?
    I want you to find the best possible match for you and your situation. If I am not a good match, I will work with you to find someone that is. I offer free consultations before we ever meet so you can see if it seems like a good fit.
  6. What will the sessions be like?
    A lot of people feel weird or uncomfortable about coming to counseling, especially for the first time. I get it and I do everything I can to help you feel more comfortable. Part of what helps me in a new situation is knowing what to expect.
  1. What are your fees?
    For the initial appointment, the cost is $150. Each follow-up appointment is $130. For extended sessions of 90 minutes, the cost is $180.
  2. Do you take insurance?
    I am currently an in-network provider for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield. I am in the process of becoming a provider for TRICARE ase well. For all other insurances, I will provide you with all the necessary documentation so you can file for reimbursement with your plan if you have out of network coverage.
  3. How do I find out if I have coverage?
    Contact your insurance company to inquire about your "out-of-network, outpatient, mental health benefits". Often there is a separate number to call for Behavioral or Mental Health benefits.
  4. Do you have a sliding scale?
    For those who can demonstrate a financial difficulty or need, I am able to offer a 30% discount for a limited number of clients.
  5. Do you offer any other financial concessions?
    I offer reduced rates for Pastors, their families and ministry workers. Please contact me for more information.
 So here is what happens in a typical first session and each follow-up session. The first session is unique. I have a set of questions that I ask everyone BUT my main goal for our first time together is to find out why you are coming and what your goal for counseling is. I will ask you lots of background questions as well. About your physical and mental health history, family background, job situation, current family make-up, etc. At the end of session one or two, we'll identify some goals to work on and the order to tackle each issue. Each session after that, I start with a list of "checking in" questions. For example, "How has your mood been?", "On a scale of 1-10, how would your rate your anxiety? Depression? conflict with family? etc." Then we'll identify what you need to talk about. We'll discuss that and at the end of the session, we'll sum up what insights we've learned in our discussion and identify some tools that might help until we meet again. I may offer a book to read or workbook. Or perhaps connecting with a good friend, taking some time alone, etc. If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer them. Just click on the "Contact Me" button below.