WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING OUR FIRST SESSION?
I view our first 1-3 sessions as an evaluation period during which I learn about you and your experiences, and you get a feel for my style. During our first session I may ask about your reasons for seeking therapy at this point in your life, as well what sort of goals you have in mind. We will likely talk about your family, your peer relationships, your school/work life, and any previous therapy experiences. I invite you to ask me any questions about psychotherapy that you may have.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
I am an out-of-network provider and do not work directly with any insurance panels. Working with an out-of-network provider allows you to receive treatment regardless of diagnosis and number of sessions desired, and it optimizes your privacy. Depending on your specific insurance plan, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement. Whether this is possible and, if so, how much, can be found out by calling your insurance company. Some questions to ask your insurance company: Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits? What is my annual out-of-network deductible, and have I met it? What is the process of obtaining reimbursement? Do I need prior authorization from my insurance company in order to file for reimbursement?
DO YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?
As a Psychologist I cannot prescribe medication. If, while working together in psychotherapy, I feel that medication may be indicated I will recommend a Psychiatrist with whom you can meet. With your written approval, I will gladly collaborate with any Psychiatrist, Physician, or other healthcare professional with whom you also work. I find that communication and collaboration leads to the most successful outcomes.
HOW DOES PAYMENT WORK?
I offer a free 10-15 minute phone consultation before our first session. After that, I charge a set fee per 45 minute session. Please contact me for more information about the fee. I require payment at the time of service. Checks, cash, and all major credit cards are accepted. I will provide you with a statement at the end of each month, or at the time of termination.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I HAVE TO CANCEL?
If you need to cancel a session, I ask that you notify me within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment time. Appointments that are not canceled with 48 hours will be charged the full fee. If we are able to reschedule the session within the same week you will not be charged twice.
HOW DOES CONFIDENTIALITY WORK?
I ensure strict confidentiality and will make every effort to safeguard the privacy of your information. If the release of confidential information becomes necessary, I will take all reasonable steps to discuss this with you first. The exceptions to confidentiality are outlined below. You may authorize me to release records or other information to individuals of your choosing. This may be done only with your expressed written consent. In the event of a clear and imminent danger to yourself or another person I would take all appropriate steps to ensure safety and prevent harm, which may require me to break confidentiality. In the event of suspected child/elderly abuse or neglect, I am required by law to disclose the relevant information and breach confidentiality. In certain legal proceedings, confidential information may be disclosed by court order. This is a rare occurrence and would not happen without your prior knowledge.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
To make an appointment, please call me at (202) 600-8944, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.