Getting Started

The decision to seek counseling for a personal problem isnít always easy. Psychotherapy has been shown to have many benefits, including relief from anxiety and depression, better relationships, and improved well-being. But itís hard to open up to someone we donít even know. Itís important to find someone you can feel comfortable with, as well as someone who has the experience and expertise to help with your particular problems. For more about choosing a therapist, try the APA Help Center or Choosing a Psychotherapist.

If you decide youíd like to try counseling or any of my other services we can set up an initial consultation to discuss if what I offer is right for you. I have appointment times during the day Wednesday through Friday, and one evening a week. Call or email to see if I have a time thatís convenient for you. I make my own appointments, so when you call please leave your day and evening phone numbers and let me know the best time to reach you.

At your first session we will go over your history, current situation and desired goals. You will also get a chance to ask any questions you have, and to get a feel for how well we work together. We can meet weekly, biweekly, or even monthly, as needed. We will evaluate your progress periodically and adjust our plan as needed. Alternatives or adjuncts to therapy, such as medication or support groups, will be discussed as appropriate. I do not prescribe medication, but can either work with your primary care physician or refer you to a qualified health care provider if medication is warranted.

Itís not possible to predict ahead of time how long it will take for you to reach your goals. Most of my clients work intensely for a short period of time, and then either continue less frequently or come in again as needed. Life delivers many challenges, and a helping hand is always a benefit. My goal is to help you find the internal and external resources you need to face them with confidence.

Fees and Insurance

I am a participating provider with Medicare, Anthem BC/BS, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, and many other insurance companies. If youíre not sure if your health insurance covers mental health benefits, or me as a provider, call the number on the back of your insurance card. You do not need to give them detailed information. If you do not have health insurance, your insurance doesnít cover my services, or you choose not to use it, I have a sliding fee scale based on your income and situation. I cannot publish my fees, but I will be happy to discuss your financial concerns with you before your initial consultation.

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