1. What is psychotherapy and how do I know if I need it?
- My definition of psychotherapy includes addressing a problem that is disrupting your life using a combination of talk and behavioral actions. After the initial assessment and treatment planning meeting(s), each session will have an agenda grounded in an evidence-based treatment, personalized for your particular needs and circumstances. You will have time to discuss problems and learn new skills each week, and you will be asked to practice the new skills or take some kind of action between sessions as part of your weekly “Action Plan.” Research shows significantly better outcomes from clients who complete homework, so I do ask my clients to commit to doing something between sessions to help them reach their treatment goals. Please note that therapy is not “venting” or simply chatting – there is no evidence to support that these things help, and my goal is to use research-backed treatments to get you back on track as quickly as possible.You may benefit from therapy if you have a problem that is interrupting your life and causing you distress more days than not. Perhaps you are struggling to get out of bed, get to work, or maintain a job or relationship because of insomnia, or intrusive thoughts about something that happened. If you feel overwhelmed or stuck, it may be a good time to seek help. You are “ready” for therapy if you can commit to showing up for therapy once a week (most weeks) for the duration of treatment (varies for each person and each treatment), and you are willing to complete actions each week in an effort towards reaching your treatment goals.
2. What is telehealth or ‘online therapy,’ and how does it work? Will I get the same results compared to if I see you in person? Can I see you for therapy from anywhere? What does it cost?
- Telehealth or online therapy allows us to meet through audio and video over the internet, similar to Skype or Facetime.Prior to your session, you’ll be sent a link for the video session. It is a secure link that can only be used one time for our scheduled session. Click on it when our session is scheduled to start, or open it through the ‘Telehealth by SimplePractice’ app for free on iTune or Google Play. You can use the camera and audio on your computer or mobile device.I’m very excited about this new option because it means no waiting and travel time. And, research comparing treatment outcomes from telehealth and in-person therapy found that the results are the same. In other words, you will get better regardless of whether you choose to do online or in-person sessions. Plus, telehealth is 100% HIPAA compliant and secure.At this time, I am able to see clients via telehealth who are physically located in Colorado and California, based on my clinical licenses.Please note that telehealth and in-person sessions are billed at the same rates, and payment is expected at the time of service. Insurance companies typically reimburse telehealth at the same rate as in-person sessions, but please call your insurance company prior to your first session to verify.Ready to get started? To schedule a brief call to discuss treatment, please contact me.
3. Do you accept insurance? What are your fees?
- At this time, I accept Medicare, Cigna, and United/Optum insurance plans, as well as several Employee Assistance Program (EAP) plans. I’m in the process of credentialing with additional insurances so please check back regularly for updates or contact me with questions.I am considered an Out-of-Network (OON) provider for other plans, meaning if you have an insurance plan that I’m not paneled with that has out of network benefits, you can pay me upfront, and I will provide you with a superbill to submit for reimbursement. Clients with OON benefits have the burden of paying in full at the time of service, but once reimbursed they typically end up paying a price that is comparable to in-network providers. Please contact your insurance to confirm the details of your plan and reimbursement rates.I also accept private pay clients, which includes folks who have no OON benefits or no mental health coverage under their current insurance plan, and people who simply do not want to use their insurance benefits for privacy reasons. My private pay rate is $165/hour.I will accept a limited number of sliding scale clients through Open Path Collective, click HERE for details.
4. I think I’m interested in starting psychotherapy. Now what?
- Please contact me and request to schedule a call. During our phone call, which will last less than 15 minutes, I will ask you to briefly describe what is bringing you to treatment, allow you to ask me questions, and we can decide together if therapy with me is a good fit for you. If you want to proceed with treatment, we will schedule your initial assessment, and you will receive a secure link via email with your initial paperwork to complete prior to your intake. No need to print your paperwork, just complete it in about 10-20 minutes and electronically submit.
- Unfortunately, you cannot schedule an individual or group massage if you already see me for therapy. You also cannot see me for therapy if you are already my massage client. There is an ethical conflict called ‘dual relationships’ that can result when a provider works with someone in different ways. Essentially, it can be confusing and counter-therapeutic, and there are no exceptions to this policy. However, I am always happy to refer to you trusted colleagues of mine for massage, or for therapy if you are already my massage client.