Why Pay Privately for Therapy?

Paying privately for psychotherapy has many benefits for the client including privacy, control, security and expertise.

Most people coming to see me are seeking one of the following things:
  • Help for an eating disorder
  • Relief from depression and anxiety
  • Stabilization of bipolar disorder
  • Support for an adolscent struggling with mood and behavior
  • Breaking the cycle of compulsive or binge eating
  • Learning to eat moderately and to control weight fluctuations

Providing individual and family therapy to adolescents and adults is the primary focus of my practice. I also supervise other psychotherapists who want to gain expertise in adolescent or eating disorder treatment. My goal is to provide a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, where clients can discuss their concerns without embarrassment or shame. The first step is an:

Initial Consultation
The initial consultation may extend over several sessions. It involves an interview with the client, as well as with the parents if the client is a minor. We will review your concerns, the history of your symptoms, and your current functioning. I can review any prior treatment records that you have available. We will identify the goals you have or your treatment, and formulate an initial plan.

Individual Therapy
We will typically meet weekly or twice weekly depending on the severity of your symptoms and the goals you have for treatment. We can renegotiate the frequency of our sessions as treatment progresses.

Family Therapy
In some cases, individual therapy progresses faster if the family can come together and talk about what is happening. Individual problems happen in the context of the larger system and both affect each other in powerful ways. Illuminating those effects can set the individual treatment on a straighter, and more productive course. Balancing the privacy needs of the adolescent in treatment is always important in these situations.

Insurance
As a small solo practice, I don't take insurance directly. Even though I don't accept insurance, many of my clients recieve substantial reimbursement from their insurance company. To determine if you have mental health coverage for a full license, out-of-network mental health provider, check your coverage carefully. Some questions to ask your insurance carrier are:

  • What are my mental health benefits for an out-of-network fully licensed clinical psychologist?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session for an out-of-network provider?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
  • Do I need to contact my primary care physician for approval of the treatment?

Payment
Cash or checks are accepted for payment at the time of the session.

Cancellation Policy
I do ask you to pay for missed appointments if you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance. Even if you can't give me 24 hours notice, please contact me anyway. That gives me the chance to fill your time slot with another clinical hour, and possibly reschedule your session to later in the week. I won't charge you if I can fill your time slot with another client.