Frequently Asked Questions - you have questions, I have answers.
What are your fees for counseling?
$95 (50-minute session)
$25 each additional 15 minutes
$115 (55-minute session)
$170 (85-minute session)
$30 each additional 15 minutes
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance payments. When a counselor bills an insurance company for mental health counseling, the insurance company requires a mental health diagnosis, and dictates aspects of the treatment, for example, the number of total sessions allotted, and the maximum length of time allotted for each session. Also, some people who seek counseling services may not meet the criteria for a mental health diagnosis, while others may meet the criteria. I believe insurance requirements add pressure to form a diagnosis even when it may not be accurate or beneficial to do so. Some professionals, like myself, prefer to work outside of these constraints and pressures.
If you would prefer to work through your insurance company, I can provide a detailed receipt, which you can submit to obtain out-of-network insurance reimbursement. You should speak with your insurance company about this option before your scheduled appointment with me to obtain their pre-approval for this option.
How will I pay you?
I accept payment at the beginning of each session. I accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, Paypal, and HSA/FSA
Is a diagnosis required?
I work with people who have and who do not have a mental health diagnosis. A diagnosis is required only if you choose to access health insurance benefits. Otherwise, we can discuss the potential benefits of working within the framework of a diagnosis if necessary to better understand your symptoms and guide treatment. I am licensed in the state of Ohio to diagnose and treat mental health disorders.
What can I expect in the first session?
During the first session, we will begin our work together of exploring the concerns that brought you to counseling. We will discuss the process of counseling and I will answer any questions you have. We will also review the 'welcome to counseling' paperwork sent to you prior to our first meeting.
How often will I be coming and how long does counseling last?
In general, counseling occurs once weekly for about 5-10 weeks. When people are in higher need of support, they may benefit from more than one weekly appointment, and/or longer term care. Also, some people prefer longer term counseling for the ongoing support. You and I will stay in regular communication about the frequency of appointments and when to end counseling. You are free to end at anytime.
Can you give me life advice?
It is important for you to know that I do not give direct life advice. I often provide feedback and education. Ultimately, my goal is to help you gain insight, build skills, and strengthen your confidence in following your own inner wisdom.
Is counseling confidential? I don’t want my employer, significant other, or family member to know the specifics of what I discuss in counseling…
Yes, information shared in counseling is confidential. This is actually one of the core benefits of counseling! However, there are limitations to confidentiality that you should be aware of: if I believe you are ever in imminent danger of harming yourself or someone else, or if you tell me of another person who was in imminent danger of harm, I am a mandated reported, which means I could lose my license if I do not take actions to ensure safety. This includes elderly or child abuse/neglect. I may also be required to break confidentiality given a court mandate (very rare).
What’s the parking situation?
There is free and ample parking in the lot directly outside of my office. Easy-peasy. Woohoo!
Do you offer online counseling?
Yes, I do! If you are interested in this option, click here to learn more.
I have another question. How can I get it answered?
Please ask during our initial consultation or email me . Please remember that emails are not guaranteed to be confidential.