A.R.T is an evidenced based form of psychotherapy that utilizes back and forth eye movements to help clients address common problems (i.e., depression, anxiety, & PTSD). A.R.T uses your brain's natural way of processing information to get rid of distressing images & sensations.
When we schedule our first appointment, I will set up a patient portal with HIPAA-compliant Simple Practice. Through this portal, I will send you consents, practice policies, and background history paperwork. Please complete these forms prior to our initial session so that I am better able to focus our time.
Our first appointment will be the intake session where we will thoroughly discuss your background history and goals for therapy. The intake is different in that I will be asking you more questions and I will be taking notes. The intake is 60 minutes. During our normal therapy sessions, it will be more conversational. My therapy sessions run for 50 minutes. My goal is to provide an environment that is safe and feels comfortable so we can work on issues causing you to be in pain.
It is common to wonder how long therapy may last; however, this question is impossible to answer in a definitive way. I typically recommend beginning with weekly sessions. While some problems may be resolved in a handful of visits, issues that are more complex may involve long-term work lasting months or years.
I offer appointments on weekdays. I typically provide appointments from 9:00-5:00 pm. However, my availability tends to vary, so please contact me to see if we can find a mutually agreeable meeting time.
I request a minimum of 24 hours prior to cancelling an appointment. It is often difficult to fill an appointment spot at the last minute. Failure to cancel a minimum of 24 hours in advance will result in a charge to you for the usual hourly fee.
I am currently an out-of-network provider for most insurances (*except United/Optum Aetna). I am happy to provide you with the necessary documentation if you wish to submit for reimbursement by your insurance company. Many plans, especially PPOs, offer partial benefits for out-of-network services. If you plan on using out-of-network mental health coverage, I will provide you with any assistance to help you receive your entitled benefits. However, you are ultimately responsible for full payment of my fees.
In my opinion there can be some downfalls to using insurance when it comes to mental health services. Insurance companies do not see you as an individual with needs that are unique. In order to be eligible for services with insurance, you must have a diagnosis. Sometimes individuals seek therapy to navigate current life or family circumstances, such as help with parenting, communication skills, or assistance with typical stressors. In my opinion, a diagnosis or identifying someone as disordered is not necessary in all cases. When working with insurance, the insurance companies dictate that treatment goals focus on your diagnosis, not necessarily on the many other factors which may have brought you to therapy in the first place. Insurance companies also decide frequency and length of treatment. In some cases, they provide you with only a handful of sessions, and have the right to terminate services at any time for various reasons. Lastly, with self-pay, I can assure you that your records and information are completely safe and held in the strictest confidence. With insurance, your mental health (and required diagnosis for treatment coverage) become part of your medical record. With self-pay, your records stay with me only, and are not shared except in the case of your express written consent, or in cases protected by law (e.g., your safety or the safety of others is at risk).
I will discuss my fee during the initial phone consultation. I ask for payment in the form of credit card or cash, and accept payment at the time of service. I am happy to provide you with a superbill detailing the service provided and the total amount paid. Any additional questions you may have can be discussed during your phone consultation or first appointment. .
You have the right to receive a "Good Faith Estimate" explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don't have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
There are times when medication can be a useful adjunct to psychotherapy. As a Clinical Psychologist, I cannot prescribe medication.