Frequently Asked Questions
What are Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs)?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs) are based on the assumption that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interrelated. In treatment, we observe unhelpful or ineffective patterns of thinking and acting that keep you feeling stuck. CBTs focus more on the present moment than the past, but honor how your history shapes your view of the world. Sessions tend to be active and collaborative, with a great deal of back and forth between us. A CBT session might involve problem-solving, recognizing painful thoughts that "hook" you over and over, facing your fears with support, role-playing a difficult conversation, or using mindfulness techniques to address anxiety. Because the majority of your life is lived outside of the therapy office, CBTs often build in between-session exercises. For instance, we may practice a specific skill together and then focus on applying that skill over the course of the week, in different contexts and settings. In my practice of CBTs, I aim to flexibly draw from a variety of interventions to help you move toward a life of value and meaning.
What can I expect in therapy?
Prior to our first session, we will schedule a complimentary phone consultation, where we can talk more about what you are hoping to gain from treatment. If we decide to move forward, we will meet for an initial intake appointment. We will discuss current symptoms or difficulties, past treatment experiences, relevant history, and goals for our work together. The first few sessions give us time to assess our "fit" and make sure that I can meet your needs. I will also give some initial recommendations. As we move into treatment, sessions are typically scheduled once per week for 50 minutes. Intensive sessions (90 minutes) are available on a case by case basis.
Do you accept insurance?
I am considered an out-of-network provider, and do not accept insurance directly. However, many people are eligible for some form of reimbursement for therapy services through out-of-network-benefits. If you wish to submit for reimbursement from your insurance company, I will provide you with the necessary documentation. It is recommended that you contact your insurance company prior to starting treatment to discuss your out-of-network coverage for mental health services.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Payment is due at the time of service. I accept cash, check, and credit cards.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please let me know within 48 hours. If we are able to reschedule our appointment within the same week, there is no charge. However, please note that if we are unable to reschedule, you are responsible for the cost of your session.