Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What is your theoretical orientation?
In order to approach problems in a comprehensive and effective way, I draw from a large number of treatment modalities. I am skilled at a number of counseling approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, solution-focused and interpersonal. I frequently use mind-body techniques, some drawing from Eastern medicine practices. When we begin our work, I will describe to you the strategies most likely to benefit you. You too, may already know what works for you and what doesn’t. Together we will determine the focus of our work, its duration, and the modalities we use.
What are your fees?
My fee is $160 per 45-minute session (for a detailed fee schedule, please see here). I offer an initial, half-hour consultation at no charge. The purpose of this first meeting is to determine whether we are a good match, and whether your needs correspond with my areas of specialty.
Do you accept insurance?
I am a provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield PPO.
I have made a careful decision not to participate in any HMO or managed care programs. I believe that by working with a therapist who is not a managed care participant you enjoy a number of benefits: Your privacy and confidentiality are safe, since I don’t have to share your personal information and history with the insurance company. You do not receive a psychiatric diagnosis that would become part of your health record. We can customize the methods we use and the number of sessions we need, rather than conform to the insurance company’s arbitrary template. You know that I am engaged by you and not by your insurance company. Therefore, I have no divided loyalties or conflicts of interest.
If your insurance plan permits you to work with someone out of network, I will provide you with a monthly statement which you can submit to the insurance company. The insurance company will then reimburse you according to your plan’s provisions.