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Your First Appointment
I understand that there can be a lot of anxiety about meeting someone for the first time – especially when coming to a therapist’s office. Current clients are welcome to schedule online if this is easy for you. I'll send you an email confirmation once the appointment is officially accepted and email you the important policies and information about my practice ahead of time.
It can be helpful to have an idea of what you might expect from a first visit.
The Basic Information...
Sessions last between 55 - 60 minutes.
Th first appointment involves getting to know one another, going over paperwork and policies, answering any questions you may have for me, and beginning to work on what you'd like to get out of our time together.
When You Arrive...
The parking lot is immediately to the left of my building. You may enter in the front door and make yourself comfortable in the waiting room that will be immediately to your right. If you have trouble with the front steps of the building, there is also a rear entrance with a waiting room on that end of the building as well. I will greet you in either waiting room at your scheduled time.
I am an in-network provider with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NC. 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.
If you plan to use your insurance with Blue Cross, it will benefit you ahead of time to find out about your specific policy so that there are no surprises about your copay amount.
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 belong, as a Clinical Fellow member of AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) and as a professional and Certified Sex Therapist member of AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists).
You can expect that I will let you know things 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. If I'm not accepting new clients and you call or email me to inquire, I'll let you know as soon as possible and will do my best to provide you with referrals for other great therapists in our community.
I am open to questions. I will answer you honestly, but also sensitively.