photo credit: Ben Riley
Your First Appointment
I understand the experience of anxiety or awkwardness that can happen when meeting someone for the first time. It can be helpful to have an idea of what you might expect from a first visit. If you’re feeling nervous, it can be helpful to know that I’m always nervous when I meet new people.
The Basic Information...
Sessions last between 55 - 60 minutes. The first appointment involves getting to know one another, going over paperwork and policies, answering any questions you may have for me, and discussing what you'd like to get out of our time together.
When You Arrive...
The parking lot is immediately to the left of the building. You may enter in the front door and make yourself comfortable in the waiting room that will be immediately to your right. You are welcome to enter through the front or rear-entrance (which has a ramp for those who cannot use stairs). Each end of the building has a waiting room where you may make yourself comfortable. I will greet you at our appointment time and take you to my private room. I share the building with other practitioners and it is typically a quiet environment.
I am an in-network provider with Blue Cross & Blue Shield and with Aetna. If you plan to use your insurance, it will benefit you ahead of time to find out about your specific policy so that there are no surprises about your copay amount.
I am considered out-of-network with other insurance companies. If your policy reimburses for out-of-network providers, I can provide you with a "super-bill" that you would send in to your insurance company for potential reimbursement of my services. Because every policy is different, it's really important for you to know your benefits and what is covered/not covered.
The fee for sessions without using insurance is $150.
Questions to consider:
Does my policy cover mental health services?
What would be my out-of-pocket expense for this provider?
What You Can Expect From Me
I care about our therapeutic relationship. This relationship is unique for many reasons. It’s an opportunity for you to talk with someone who isn’t personally or professionally involved in your life otherwise and who, ideally, will provide you with a non-judgmental presence.
I will accept you for who you are – even if you are not accepting yourself for who you are in the moment.
I care about your privacy and your confidentiality as well as other important ethical considerations. This is why I will abide by the ethical codes of the professional organizations of which I am affiliated - through my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist as regulated by AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) and as a professional and Certified Sex Therapist of AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists).
You can expect that I will let you know of any changes to scheduling or other important information ahead of time whenever possible.
You can expect that I will continually seek education within my field so that I may stay relevant and expand my skills as a therapist and as a life-long learner.
You can expect me to be a collaborative therapist most of the time, working with you to take steps towards the goals that you create, and sometimes a directive therapist who will give you homework if that is more helpful for you.
You can expect good communication from me. During our first session, I will ask you permission to take notes during our sessions. These are not notes that go into your clinical file, but are for my own tracking purposes.
You can expect that I will have and hold appropriate boundaries.