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Rates & FAQ

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60 Minute Individual Therapy




60 Minute Relationship Therapy  

 

$205

$205

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. 

I don't handle insurance payments directly, but I can hook you up with a billing receipt. Depending on your plan, you could get a lump of my fee reimbursed. Let's say your out-of-network benefits cover 80% of my $205 fee, that means you only have to pay $42 per session!

  • I'm not really interested in discussing my past, I would rather work on issues happening right now.
    Therapy can be solution-oriented and future-focused. However, 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. 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.
  • Do you take insurance? How do you handle payment?
    I do not take insurance. I find that working outside of insurance allows me to be more flexible in working with clients, and custom-tailor solutions to fit their needs more effectively. All clients keep a credit/debit card on file with me, which is automatically charged through a secure platform after their scheduled appointment. If you are a mental health counseling client in PA and you have out-of-network (OON) benefits, I can provide a superbill for you at your request to submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement. To find out if you are eligible for reimbursement, please contact your insurance company directly.
  • What goes into becoming a Therapist??
    1 | Earn a Bachelor's Degree The bachelor's can be in any major. I have a bachelor's in Biology, Chemistry with some pre-reqs in Nursing, which means I have an extra 4-years worth of education in the human body and brain compared with therapists who majored in something else. 😋 2 | Earn a Master's Degree For therapists who primarily practice talk therapy, a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology is necessary in a qualifying program that is generally 2 years long with a minimum of 60 semester units. My program required an additional unpaid internship to obtain 300+ clinical hours of face-to-face experience with patients in a Mental Health facility. 3 | Receive 20 hours of personal psychotherapy with therapist Most graduate programs for Therapists require a minimum of 20 hours of personal psychotherapy hours -- meaning the student receives their own therapy with a licensed therapist. The idea behind this is two-fold: 1) the student gains a first-hand experience of therapy which is an invaluable learning opportunity and 2) the student can begin to address their own psychological issues that could get in the way of them being the best therapist they can be. I have received hundreds of hours of therapy as a client. Why? Because I am committed to my healing and it makes be a better therapist. I've received therapy from different therapists and different therapy styles, ranging from CBT, DBT EMDR, to solution-focused and Somatic approaches. Being exposed to and learning about various approaches over the years, helps me to incorporate what I've learned into my work with patients. 4 | Gain 3,000 (2.5 - 3 years) hours of supervised therapy experience Pre-licensed therapists undergo a rigorous process of providing therapy in various settings, meeting a minimum number of hours requirements working with individual adults, couples, families, children and groups. This experience is supervised, which means that the pre-licensed therapist meets with their supervisor (a licensed therapist) for 1-2 hours per week per setting to gain feedback to improve in all areas, dealing with clinical, ethical and legal issues. I worked in various settings such as out-patient treatment, in-school and clinic-based services and private practice to gain the skills and techniques I still use today. My supervised period lasted four years. 5 | Pass Law & Ethics State Board Exam Pre-licensed therapists must pass the Law & Ethics Exam of their state which shows that the therapist knows how to navigate tricky legal and ethical issues that can arise in the course of treatment, such as rare instances in which confidentiality must be broken for the safety of the client or the safety of the community. The exam consists of 75 questions and the test taker has 90 minutes to complete it. 6 | Pass Clinical State Board Exam Once all 3,000 hours are accrued and approved, the pre-licensed therapist must pass the clinical exam in their state to show that the therapist knows what clinical skills to use in different types of clients with different presenting issues. The exam consists of 200 questions and the test taker has 4 hours to complete it. 7 | Engage in 18 hours of continuing education courses per year LPCs must complete 36 hours of continuing education each 2-year license renewal cycle. Here are some additional trainings I've completed over the course of my career: ADHD Changing the ADHD Brain: Moving Beyond Medication, 12-hour training by PESI Attachment Putting Attachment into Practice (6 Hour CE) by PESI Trauma-Focused TF/CBT Web-based Learning Course, 10-hour training by MUSC CBT Certification Level I (36 hours) by Beck Institute
  • What am I supposed to talk about in therapy?
    Anything! My clients come to me with a range of issues, from career-related stress to relationship challenges to generalized anxiety. If you’re unsure about where to begin, we can start with talking about what’s going on with you in the present, whether it involves your mood or outside stressors that you’ve been dealing with. Or we can discuss issues from the past that you’re having a hard time resolving on your own.
  • Why should I do private pay?
    For some people, the option to pay privately (i.e. without filing through insurance*) helps maintain privacy and reduces the chances of surprise bills in the mail weeks after getting services because insurance decided to decline reimbursement. Your insurance company gets to decide what types of treatment is considered “medically necessary.” This means that if you’re coming to therapy to address burnout at work, your insurance might refuse to cover the cost of sessions because “burnout” is not an official mental health diagnosis recognized by insurance companies. Teletherapy may not be not covered by all insurance plans. Most plans opted to cover this service during the COVID-19 pandemic, however this may change in the future, and your eligibility to receive covered services via teletherapy may change at any time. Insurance 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 each session can last. It also makes it easier for you to find a therapist you really connect with, instead of just going with the therapist who is in network and hoping they’ll be a good fit. Only you can decide whether private pay is the right choice for you, especially if you have insurance that covers another provider.
  • What will the first session be like?
    During our first meeting, I’ll take the lead. You’ll fill out some paperwork beforehand so we have a good jumping off point for conversation, and I’ll ask you a lot of background questions so I can understand the context of your life better. We will come up with goals together of what you hope to accomplish in therapy.
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