I provide individual psychotherapy for adults and, occasionally, older teens. At this time, I do not offer couples counseling.
As of 2021, my practice has moved exclusively on-line. I no longer offer in-person sessions in a physical office. Sessions can be held over secure HIPAA compatible video conferencing or the telephone.
I offer standard 50-55 minute sessions or extended 75 minute sessions for those who prefer more time.
If you are considering using your insurance for psychotherapy, please read the following:
I do not participate in any health insurance plans and will not bill insurance directly. However, if you would like to use your insurance for psychotherapy, I will be happy to prepare a monthly statement for you that you can submit to your insurance company. You will likely be reimbursed for a percentage of my services at an “out-of-network” rate. It is incumbent upon you to check with your insurance company to determine if your policy covers psychotherapy and what you can expect for reimbursement.
It is important to me that you are informed about as many aspects of our work together as possible, and this includes information to be aware of before using your insurance to help pay for services. First, insurance companies will only reimburse for psychotherapy when it is deemed a “medically necessary” intervention and treatment is only considered medically necessary when it is for a diagnosable condition. Therefore, in order for an insurance company to accept a billing statement prepared by me (or any other psychotherapist), it needs to include a numerical code that corresponds to a mental health diagnosis. Second, when an insurance company is involved, the fact that you have seen a mental health provider for a diagnosable condition will become part of your permanent health record. This record is not only held by your insurance company, but will almost certainly find its way to a centralized medical database. Although this is not necessarily something to be concerned about, it is important to consider that releases for medical records are common for a range of applications including: employment, health insurance, life or disability insurance, adoptions, security clearances, and intake forms for seeing new healthcare providers. In an ideal world, the reviewers of these applications would consider psychological treatment nothing more than a commendable act of self care and an intelligent path of enriching life experience, but this may not always be the case. All of this being said, the financial advantage of using insurance most often outweighs any potential (and likely remote) disadvantages. If you would like, we can certainly discuss whether or not you meet criteria for a mental health diagnosis and, if so, I will gladly provide you with a monthly statement that you can submit to your insurance company for potential out-of-network reimbursement.