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"My Partner Is Worried That You Will take Sides"
I am all about making relationships work, I am not an advocate for any one person in the relationship. I want to see both partners succeed to have what they want in the relationship.
"Why would I be a private pay patient instead of using my health insurance to cover the cost of therapy sessions?"
Many individuals prefer to pay privately:
To ensure the content of their sessions remains confidential. Utilizing insurance coverage gives the insurance company the right to request copies of the therapist's records for review & scrutiny.
To avoid having a mandatory mental health diagnosis in your record. The therapist MUST give you a diagnosis in order to comply with insurance company policies for reimbursement.
To have control over your own care. You and the therapist determine the length, frequency and number of your sessions. Insurance companies dictate those terms for reimbursement.
To obtain faster service because the therapist will not have to wait for insurance company authorization for your care.
"What about confidentiality and privacy?"
I schedule sufficient space between sessions to allow patients to leave and arrive without passing. If privacy is a huge concern just let me know and we can take additional steps.
I would NEVER discuss you with anyone else unless you signed a release permitting me to do so.
"Please tell me about your training, skills and the theories you utilize to provide therapy"
There are over 400 different types of psychotherapy. Because a single approach does not always provide the best benefit, therapists often use tools borrowed from many therapies to provide unique and effective treatment. This approach has been called "Integrative Therapy" and best describes my theoretical approach.
In Graduate School, I was specifically trained in Client Centered and Family Systems theories. I continue to use them, and, as a result of thousands of hours of continuing education and experience over the past forty years, I have added many tools. Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy are two that have had a major influence on my skill set. For couples, I have integrated concepts from the evidence based therapy Emotionally Focused Therapy, which focuses on improving communication and helping a couple become better connected to build a solid relationship.
Regardless of the therapeutic approach, research points to the quality of the working relationship therapists develop with their clients as being the essential element most affecting success. I am pleased that I often receive high marks from clients for this very important component of therapy.
It is my goal to join with you as together we lay the foundation for your progress in getting to where YOU want to be.
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