Do you provide in-person or online therapy?
Currently, I only provide online therapy using a HIPAA-compliant platform.
Do you accept insurance?
I am an out-of-network therapist. This means that I do not accept insurance. Full payment is due at the time of service and you (not your insurance company) are responsible for payment.
If you have a PPO plan with out-of-network benefits, then I can provide an invoice (known as a superbill) upon request for you to send to your insurance company for reimbursement or to count towards your deductible. I recommend contacting your insurance company to ask about your out-of-network coverage before we meet.
What is your cancellation policy?
I require 24 hours notice of cancellation or you will need to pay a no-show/late cancellation fee.
What happens during the first session?
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. –Rumi
There’s no wrong way or right way to be when you come to therapy. Show up just as you are; which can be hard to do when you’re trying to better understand this nebulous, multifaceted “you.” It’s natural to feel a little nervous for a first appointment. I notice myself getting a small fluttering of butterflies in anticipation of embarking on a new adventure. Wondering: what we will discover together and what kind of alchemy will come alive in the process? It’s mysterious and exciting! In our first appointment, we’ll go over some housekeeping information around confidentiality, scheduling, billing, etc., and then relax into the space of getting to know each. Bring some tea or some tissues or something that grounds you along for the ride (I always fidget with a rock in my hands during sessions). It will be an opportunity to empty and release whatever needs releasing at that moment. In general, I sense most people start off nervous, quickly ease into a relaxed state, and then leave with a greater sense of spaciousness, relief, and delight. From my experience, the majority of first appointments follow this general affective pattern.
How often will we meet?
At the beginning, I suggest meeting once weekly in order to establish rapport, weave together a coherent narrative, and find our own natural rhythm as a team. I trust that your body knows what it needs to maintain health and well being, so you have power and agency in adjusting appointment frequency.
In terms of the bigger picture: Immediate relief can and does happen, and short-term therapy is a good fit for certain people and certain circumstances. Some people need just a little extra boost to take that next step. More in-depth, self-reflective processes generally operate at the level of the Long Game. As Francis Weller notes, our souls’ move at the rate of geological time. Like the slow and steady alchemical transformation from dense, dark lava into transparent, reflective gemstones, clearing out and getting clear can take time. You can’t rush mending a broken heart, gaining insight, or accruing wisdom; you may be able to accelerate it, but you can’t muscle it into moving at the pace you want (i.e., our Amazon Prime/Veruca Salt pathology of “But I want it Now!”). So this question depends on what you’re needing and looking to gain from the process.
What makes for a good fit in working together?
I love the myriad of forms and stories that come across my screen through this work. And I notice that there are two significant characteristics in people that make the process more fun, effective, and fulfilling. 1. A sincere willingness to engage and look at life with a kind of seriously playful curiosity. 2. Entering with a certain degree of openness to transformation and having one’s mind changed. People who come in open to new ideas and experiences, while also maintaining a healthy degree of skepticism, tend to work well with me.
As previously mentioned, fit is really important. So if you’re currently in that liminal place of not knowing and want more information to see if the match feels right, I offer a free 20 minute consultation to see if we’re a good fit.
How can I contact you?
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Good Faith Estimate:
Under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, health care providers and facilities are required to inform individuals who are not enrolled in a plan, coverage, or Federal health care program, or not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage, both orally and in writing, of their ability, to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” of expected charges. You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.
Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services. If you are working with me as a therapist and not using insurance, I will provide you with a Good Faith Estimate document in your new client paperwork, which will clearly explain the cost of therapy. If you have any questions, we can discuss it prior to or in your first session.
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises
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