Why therapy?

I believe people have the capacity to thrive in their lives. Therapy is the tool to help overcome the barriers standing in your way of thriving by unlocking your natural resiliency and potential with the added skills and tools to achieve your goals.

Why is having a good therapist important?

Research indicates the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important parts of the therapy process. As I agree with this, I want this therapy relationship to be as positive and comfortable as possible for you. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any further questions you may have.

What can I expect from you as my therapist?

You can expect a professional and confidential atmosphere centered on your needs and goals. Also, humor and a real person attending to you as a real person.

What makes you qualified to help me?

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who holds a Master’s degree in counseling, passed an exam in professional counseling, and then completed years post-master’s with my Licensed Associate Degree prior to receiving my LPC in 2016.

  • As to the regulatory requirements applicable to all mental health professionals and their differences: A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor must hold a masters degree in their profession and have two years of post-masters supervision. A Licensed Psychologist must hold a doctorate degree in psychology and have one year of post-doctoral supervision. A Licensed Social Worker must hold a masters degree in social work. A Psychologist Candidate, a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate must hold the necessary licensing degree and be in the process of completing the required supervision for licensure. A Certified Addiction Counselor I (CAC I) must be a high school graduate, and complete required training hours and 1000 hours of supervised experience. A CAC II must complete additional required training hours and 2,000 hours of supervised experience. A CAC III must have a bachelors degree in behavioral health, and complete additional required training hours and 2,000 hours of supervised experience. A Licensed Addiction Counselor must have a clinical masters degree and meet the CAC III requirements. A Registered Psychotherapist is registered with the State Board of Registered Psychotherapists, is not licensed or certified, and no degree, training or experience is required.

Do you do court reports, court recommendations, or court ordered counseling?

No, these are not services I offer. Additionally, I do not get involved in divorce or custody cases.

Do you provide medications and prescriptions?

I do not prescribe medications but can provide referrals to qualified providers.

How do I pay?

Cash and major credit cards are accepted. Payment is due at time of service. I can provide you a super-bill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Additionally I accept flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts.

FYI: Good Faith Estimate

Under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, health care providers and health care facilities are required to inform individuals who are not enrolled in a plan or coverage or a Federal health care program, or not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage both orally and in writing of their ability, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” of expected charges.

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.

TeleHealth Concerns: Doing sessions over Telehealth has promoted concerns over effectiveness, comfort, and security. It is HIPAA secure, been shown effective, and both my clients and I have felt it’s comfortable once we get started.

Where do our Telehealth appointments occur?
SimplePractice is the electronic health records system I use. Your client portal, appointment reminders, documents, and ability to schedule, are all hosted on SimplePractice. The same will be true of Telehealth sessions.

Telehealth FAQs answered by SimplePractice:

What is Telehealth?
Through audio and video over the internet, you can meet with your clinician on-the-go from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device (iOS or Android) – it’s your choice!
Telehealth allows us to connect anywhere with secure and convenient appointments that save you time and hassle. There’s no need to deal with traffic when you can schedule and attend your appointments directly from a laptop or mobile device. 

What equipment do I need?
To participate in Telehealth appointments from your home, you will need one of the following devices:

  • Desktop computer with a webcam, speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM OR
  • Laptop computer with built-in webcam and speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM OR
  • Tablet device with built-in webcam and speakers, OR
  • Smartphone with at least iOS 10 or Android 6.0
    (Note: To use a smartphone, you must first download Telehealth by SimplePractice – available for iOS or Android in the app store.)
  • You will also need an internet connection that is at least 10mbps. For optimal results, a reliable, high-speed internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10 mbps will minimize connection issues and provide the best quality.

  • How should I prepare my space for a Telehealth appointment?
  • Identify a suitable room that is quiet, private, and free of distractions.
  • To keep background noise to a minimum, make sure to close any doors, shut windows, turn off the television, and keep loud pets in another room if possible. 

Will the appointments be recorded?
None of our appointments will ever be recorded or stored.

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