Psychotherapy frequently asked questions
 

What are your hours?
How soon can I be seen?
How can I pay for sessions?
How many sessions will I need?
Can you prescribe medication?
Do you offer religious counseling?
Can I receive services by phone, FaceTime or Skype?
May I text or email you?
Can we be friends on social media?

 

What are your hours?
I offer daytime, evening, and weekend appointments.

How soon can I be seen?
I can generally get you scheduled within a week of your initial contact.

How can I pay for sessions?
I accept cash, check, credit or debit cards. Payment is due at the time of service.

How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions necessary will vary depending on the diagnosis and individual circumstances of the client. Duration of treatment is also influenced by a client's readiness for change, commitment to treatment, and openness to new adaptive ways of thinking and behaving. you are never obligated to receive treatment you have not requested or do not want.

Can you prescribe medication?
No. Psychotherapy and medication management are generally delivered by different providers. I can refer you to a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner or work with your primary care physician regarding your medication needs.

Do you offer religious counseling?
No. As a licensed health care provider I offer services within my scope of professional practice. These services can best be described as secular and evidence-based. My clients come from different belief systems and I value working with diverse populations and cultures. I am familiar with and understand religious concepts in different faith traditions, but do not incorporate religion in my professional work with my clients. Discrimination based on religion, including no religion, is a violation of professional ethics. If you are seeking religious counseling, I suggest consulting a leader in your faith community for a referral.

Can I receive services by phone, FaceTime or Skype?
Yes. Be advised however that confidentiality cannot be guaranteed with any form of electric communication. Confidentiality can be better protected when sessions are delivered in person in a private office setting.

May I text or email you?
Yes. Be aware that confidentiality of texts and emails cannot be guaranteed. My phone and computer are password protected, however all electronic devices are vulnerable to being hacked. Text and emails are generally stored on a server or cloud. I advise that you use caution about transmitting any confidential information via text or email. If you do choose to text or email me, please sign your message. Otherwise, I have no idea who you are and may not respond.

Can we be friends on social media?
No. I use social media for interaction with colleagues, family, and personal friends with whom I do not have a professional client/therapist relationship. Professional boundaries and your personal confidentiality can be jeopardized by social media interaction. Its not personal, its professional.