What is your fee?
I charge $145 for a fifty-minute hour, and $210 for an 80-minute session. If you’re seeking group work, my fee is $60 per session, although I also accommodate limited sliding scale. If you are seeking clinical consultation, my fee is also $145. My medicine sessions are done in two-hour blocks, at the rate of $300.
Do you accept insurance?
Currently, I am not on any panels. If you need to use your insurance, e.g. Medicaid, to pay for therapy, I would advise you to look at the list of providers taking your insurance. For those able to be reimbursed post-session, I provide a “superbill,” which has all the information you need in order to be reimbursed by your insurance company for using an out-of-network provider. I would advise that you check with your insurance to see what deductible and copay you would be responsible for, prior to starting therapy, if you need to use your benefits.
Do you accept sliding scale?
For a percentage of my clients, I do. However, that percentage is usually satisfied fairly quickly. The sad truth about this industry is that it is a business, like any other, and a labor-intensive one at that. In order to stay in business, all therapists must make a certain minimum to stay in business and and remain current in their knowledge of what does, and doesn’t, help the client. However, there are agencies in town, primarily fueled by interns still at the beginning of their journey, some of which receive grants and government funding and can therefore underwrite some of the costs.
I like your website, and think you might be a good choice for me: what’s my first step?
First, I meet with all potential clients. This meeting lasts for twenty-five minutes, at no cost to you. We’ll talk for a bit to see if I’m appropriate for you. When we meet, you’ll have an opportunity to ask me what you need to know in order to make a well-informed decision, to get a sense of who I am and what I might offer you, and see how comfortable you are in my office. Then, you will leave and have up to one month to make the right decision for you, as I do fill up fairly often.
What are some pointers to keep in mind, so that I can get the most bang for my buck?
Show up, on time, ready for the work.
I’ll give you something to think about, some activity or exercise to perform, so that you can bring our work into the life you want to improve. Do it.
If my approach isn’t working for you, let me know. Through my twenty-plus years in practice, I’ve become skilled in multiple areas, so I can certainly adjust my approach to better serve your needs.
Due to the somatic nature of my healing approach, it is important that you make time for the first four weeks to come on a weekly basis. Particularly if you struggle to get in, stay in, your body, this work will be much more effective if you build some momentum. After the first four weeks, we’ll explore a schedule that works for you. We’ll also check in to see if my approach is right for you.
Recognize that the work we’ll be doing is somatic, not primarily talk. It digs deep, and actually impacts your body physically. If you don’t believe that you’re open to somatic work, or that it might be too much for you, be honest. I may not be the right person for you. You decide whether it’s worth a try.
I’m already working with a therapist and am looking for complementary services. Would you be open to working with me and my therapist?
Absolutely! Throughout my practice, I’ve enjoyed working collaboratively with other therapists, providing specific modalities in support of their work with their clients: EMDR and body work, as well as Ketamine/medicine sessions. To be absolutely clear, I do NOT accept clients as a primary therapist, should you come in as someone seeking complementary care. A Release of Information will also need to be signed, so that your primary therapist and I can communicate as needed.
I’m actually in a fairly good place, I just want to become even healthier, more whole. How do you work with this?
Many of my clients include the bodywork, Voice Dialogue and other practices I offer as part of an overall plan for building a deeply fulfilling and meaningful life. They may do intensive work for a while, then not see me again for a month or a year, until they want to include my work to once again enhance their health and wellbeing. I absolutely welcome this as-desired (PRN) relationship, and look forward to exploring with you a unique plan that suits your needs.
If I am unhappy with you, what are my options?
I’d first encourage you to talk to me about it. However, and this is true of all licensed clinicians, you have the right to contact the Department of Regulatory Agencies and lodge a complaint. Once you’ve terminated work with me, you have seven years to do so.