As a Smart, Sensitive, and Successful Woman, you're on the right track if you have questions about starting treatment with a therapist in private practice.
Here are some of the most common questions. I hope they help you in making your decision to begin therapy.
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1) What are your session rates?
Please call me directly at (424) 264-5156 to receive information on my current fee structure.
2) Do you take insurance?
I'm considered an out-of-network provider for most insurance companies. For ILWU insurance, I'm able to bill the insurance company directly. For all other insurances, my clients pay my sessions directly and then seek reimbursement from their respective insurance companies.
If you would like to use your out-of-network insurance, I can provide you with receipts for you to submit to your insurance company for a partial reimbursement of my session fees. If you choose this option, it's important to first contact your insurance company to find out if they cover out-of-network providers, what your deductible is, and their percentage of reimbursement for each session.
I think it's important for you to know that using insurance does not completely guarantee confidentiality. Individuals such as insurance employees will have access to your mental health information. A second issue is that insurance companies also dictate your course of treatment, i.e., how many sessions they believe you need rather than you and I determining your needs.
A third significant factor to consider is that if you use insurance, many people do not know that a therapist will have to give you a mental health diagnosis (ex., Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, etc.) in order for your insurance company to cover your services. The complication with this is that mental health diagnostic information will likely follow you when you apply for other types of insurance benefits or sometimes even employment applications.
3) Do you offer a sliding scale for therapy?
Yes. I do offer a limited number of appointments on a sliding scale rate for sessions scheduled during weekday hours. Please call me at (424) 264-5156 to inquire about the availability of my sliding scale therapy slots.
4) Is therapy worth the cost?
You're right, choosing to participate in therapy is not an inexpensive commitment. However, you'll find that working on long-term difficulties with depression, anxiety, or self-esteem issues will be well worth the short-term cost. You can learn new and effective coping strategies you will use in your personal and professional relationships for a lifetime.
Therapy can give you the tools you need to appropriately deal with your triggers to minimize emotional pain, utilize healthy communication skills to reduce relationship conflict, boost your self-esteem and spirit, and overcome whatever curveballs life hurls your way.
You also have the power to make therapy worth the expense because the benefits you obtain will depend on how actively you participate in the process and practice what you've learned in treatment.
5) Are you going to tell me that I have to take medication?
Not at all. You know yourself best, and this will always be your own decision. Research has established that talk therapy can help many women with a variety of different stressors that can't be addressed by taking medication alone.
That being said, some women feel strongly that they get the maximum benefits of treatment by combining weekly therapy sessions with daily medication. Either way, I'm open to discussing this issue with you at any time during the course of your treatment. If you're interested, I can provide you with psychiatrist referrals in your community.
6) Why should I get into therapy? I'm smart and independent, and I'm used to figuring things out on my own anyways.
I have no doubt you're bright and intelligent, because you're online as a consumer researching the facts about therapy in the first place. Sometimes smart, sensitive, and successful women are so used to juggling life's responsibilities on their own that they forget that getting the right help can move them towards progress much faster. You're far more likely to feel better and achieve results if you choose to get help from a trained professional than if you continue to struggle to resolve problems alone.
I promise to do my best to help and support you on your journey. To that end, I will frequently ask for your feedback to find out how you feel about your progress. I want to do everything possible to ensure you're getting the best service from me.
7) Do you work with girls or teen girls at all? Or boys or teen boys for that matter?
Good question. Yes! I have a calling to specialize in working with women with depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues. However, I also have extensive clinical training in working with children, adolescents, and families. I've conducted individual, family, and group therapy with school-aged children and teens to work on a variety of issues, including self-esteem difficulties, childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, shyness, parent-child conflict, and school difficulties.
I would welcome you in bringing your child or teen in for individual or family treatment. I love working with kids and teens, all you have to do is ask!
8) Do you work with adult men?
Another great question, and the answer is yes. As I mentioned, I've chosen to specialize in working with women having difficulties with depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues. I do, however, know these issues are absolutely non-discriminatory when it comes to gender. If you're a man seeking treatment, I'd be happy to work with you on these difficulties.
9) What days and times do you offer sessions?
I schedule sessions on Mondays & Wednesdays anytime between the hours of 10:00am to 8:00pm. If these hours don't fit your busy weekday schedule, see the next FAQ.
10) Do you have weekend appointments?
Yes! I think it's very important for me to be flexible in offering weekend sessions to busy and successful women like you. I have a limited number of Saturday sessions to accommodate your work and family schedules from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Please contact me by phone or email to inquire about my available Saturday therapy slots. You can also easily book appointments online to reserve your Saturday sessions today.
11) What if I have more questions?
No problem! I'd be happy to hear from you. I'll do my best to make you feel at ease by answering any questions or concerns you might have about starting therapy. Don't hesitate to contact me by phone or email.
My policy is to return all phone calls and emails within 2 hours during my regular business hours. I know that you may be eager to speak to someone about getting the help you need as soon as possible.
12) How do I get started?
Great! Let's do this! You can either give me a call at (424) 264-5156 to talk to me about your needs and schedule an appointment. It's also quick and easy to schedule an appointment online here.
I look forward to meeting you!