1. I've never been to therapy before but think it could be helpful. What is therapy like?
During the first session, I will complete a full assessment of why you're coming to therapy and an overall history. From there, we will decide on two to three targeted goals to improve depression, anxiety, relationships etc. Sometimes during sessions we may practice concrete skills while at other times we may have in-depth conversations about what you're currently experiencing. I use your feedback to modify interventions based on where you are at in your unique healing journey.
2. Do you work with people who have any mental health issue?
I am able to work effectively with people experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, trauma recovery, depression, and hypomania. I also work with people who have co-occuring medical health concerns, want to integrate spirituality into our work, or are part of the LGBTQQIA community. If you have had substance use or eating disorders, I will be able to work with you if you've had at least one year of sustained recovery. For people who utilize crisis services and inpatient hospitalizations regularly, I recommend working with a larger therapeutic services agency. In couple's therapy, I do not provide services if one or both members of the couple are physically assaultive to the other partner. I am happy to provide referrals to other programs and therapists if we are not a good fit.
3. How is COVID-19 affecting your offerings?
At this time, I am only providing individual and couple's therapy online via a HIPAA compliant platform. I may explore online group therapy in the near future. When COVID vaccines are more readily available to the public, I will revisit offering in-person services. Telehealth will continue to be available as part of my practice offerings.
4. I live outside of Massachusetts. Are you able to work with me?
I cannot provide telehealth services for people living in another state. If you live in Vermont or New Hampshire, I could work with you if you travel to my office once I start in person therapy.
5. Do you take insurance?
Yes, I am able to work with people who currently have Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Optum, Allways, and Health New England. I am in the process of applying to several other insurance panels.
6. You do not currently take my insurance, but I still want to work with you. What options are available?
There are several ways to proceed. First, I have a sliding scale/scholarship option if you want to pay out of pocket based on financial need. Second, your insurance may also have some out of network provider benefits where you could be reimbursed for part of my fee amount. You'd pay me the full amount of my fee and then I would provide paperwork for you to send to your insurance. Third, I could put on you a waiting list if your insurance is one of the plans I have applied to be on their panels.
7. I want to start couple's therapy. Will my insurance cover services?
Insurances generally do not cover couple's therapy unless the primary insured person has a diagnosable mental health condition that couple's therapy could be beneficial in treating. Please contact your insurance to review benefits.
8. What is your cancellation policy?
To avoid the cancellation fee, please cancel at least 24 hours in advance. If it is not an unforeseeable emergency (e.g. illness, accident) and you cancel with less than 24 hours or do not show up for the appointment, you will be charged $100 to the credit card on file. HSA/FSA cards and insurance cannot be used to bill for these missed appointments. If you have 3 late cancellations or no shows, we will need to discuss whether we can continue working together.