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Rates & Common Questions

60 Minute Individual Therapy Session


Accepting Clients In PA, NY, & NJ

Like most specialty providers, I do not participate in any insurance plans. Paying out-of-pocket is a great option for people who want maximum privacy, confidentiality and flexibility. 

All sliding scale spots are currently full. 

  • I’d rather not talk about the past; it will just make me feel worse.
    Therapy will move at your own pace and you will never have to talk about anything you do not want to. If you prefer to focus on the present and make counseling more future-oriented, I will help you develop strategies for tackling what’s ahead. That said, therapy can be a meaningful opportunity for women of all backgrounds to process unresolved issues from the past. Knowing a little bit about your history will allow me to better understand your experience of anxiety and tailor the treatment process to your unique needs. Many of the women I work with actually find it really helpful to discuss past experiences and verbalize their fears with a gentle, nonjudgmental therapist whose role is to provide emotional support. During the first few sessions, we may spend some time discussing the origins of your symptoms and how they have affected you over the years. After that, we can make therapy as focused on the present and/or future as you’d like. I will never push you to discuss anything you don’t want to, but the door is open for any and all issues you bring to the therapy space.
  • I’m really not into “homework” assignments between sessions.
    You aren’t into homework? Me neither! If I give you exercises to do in between sessions, they will be action-oriented and discussed ahead of time in our session. For example, if you are anxious about working through an issue in your relationship, we will collaborate on a plan for how to bring it up and communicate with your partner in a calm, healthy, and effective way. No worksheets here! Practicing skills outside of the therapy space will help reduce anxiety symptoms in general and the overall time spent in treatment.
  • What's the first therapy session like?
    As a Therapist, I have a collaborative, non-judgmental, and relatable approach that will make getting started a bit easier. During our first session or two, I'll ask you a bunch of questions to get a better picture of your life journey. We will come up with goals together of what you hope to accomplish in therapy. During therapy you'll have an opportunity to vent, gain perspective and new insights, learn to challenge your thoughts, receive feedback, and develop and practice new coping skills. Sometimes therapy can be tough work, and sometimes it is fun and full of laughter. Either way, I am here to support you and will help you achieve the change and growth you are looking for.
  • What if I cannot afford your rate? Do you offer sliding scale?
    Yes, I reserved a limited number of sliding scale spots in my schedule. If you do not think you can afford my full fee, please don't hesitate to contact me. If I am unable to offer you a sliding scale slot, I would be happy to offer referrals to trusted clinicians in the area. If you're hoping to find an in-network provider, and/or (LGBTQIA+) are great sources.
  • How often will we meet?
    I meet with the majority of my clients on a weekly basis. I ask that all new clients commit to meeting weekly, for at-least the first 3-4 weeks. This will allow us to create a connecting foundation and build trust. I may recommend that we increase or decrease the frequency of sessions to best meet your needs.
  • How long will I need to be in therapy?
    My approach is solution focused. This means you won’t have to be in therapy forever. Many of my clients find that they’ve met their goals in 3-6 months and no longer need therapy. I also have clients who choose to remain in therapy for much longer; they have seen improvements and still really enjoy having ongoing support and a place to process their thoughts and feelings each week.
  • I have insurance, why should I do private pay?
    For some, the option to engage in private self pay helps maintain privacy and can reduce the chance of surprise bills in the mail weeks following services because insurance decided to decline reimbursement. ​ ​ Instead of just going with a therapist who is in your network and hoping they will make a good fit, self pay makes it easier for you to find a therapist that you really connect with. ​ ​ Insurances companies can set a limit on the number of therapy sessions they will reimburse for. They may also have limits on the length of time that each session can last. ​ Virtual therapy may not be covered by all insurance plans and if so, that coverage could change at any time. ​ Your insurance company gets to decide on what is considered "medically necessary." This means your insurance company may refuse to cover the cost of a session. If this is the case for you, you may be paying out of pocket for your sessions until your entire deductible is paid for the year. ​ If an insurance claim is denied, you are still responsible for the fee of the services provided. With private pay, there are no surprises. You know the exact fee you're paying and you have the means to take care of that without worrying if a large bill will show up in your mailbox. ​ When you use insurance—including submitting a super bill for out of network reimbursement—your insurance company will have access to your entire record, if they request it. This means there is additional risk to your confidentiality and ability to maintain privacy around your medical records. ​ Everyone's financial situation is different. You have to decide for yourself what is best for you. ​ ​ Some questions I recommend asking your insurance company: Does my insurance plan include mental health benefits? Do I have a deductible? If yes, how much and have I met it yet? What is my out-of-network deductible for outpatient mental health? (Outpatient means treatment outside a hospital.) What is my out-of-network coinsurance or coverage for outpatient mental health? Does my plan limit how many sessions I have per year? If yes, what is the limit? Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for therapy to be covered by my benefits?
  • So we're a good fit. What's next?
    If we both decide we're a good fit after our intro call, we'll schedule our first therapy session together. I'll send you a couple of quick forms to complete before our session. I'll also send you a link for our video calls that you can use every week.
  • What if I am not sure we make a good fit?
    Before scheduling a therapy session, I like to schedule a 15-20 minute "intro call" with all potential new clients. This gives us a chance to get to know one another. Here's what you can expect: I'll ask you about why you're seeking therapy I'll tell you a bit about myself and my approach as a therapist You can ask me any questions that I didn't cover We'll talk about rates, insurance, availability, etc.
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