What to expect
When its time to make a change...
It can be easy to fall into self-blame and despair when you realize you're not living as you want to be living, and don’t know what to do about it. You may feel anxious, or depressed, or have trouble sleeping, or even take on behaviors that become self-defeating, in an attempt to cope.
There are many ways to begin to turn this around, and a well-trained counselor can help you get to the other side. Counselors work in a variety of ways, but you always want someone who takes the time to listen to you, helps you express what's really going on, respects your wisdom, and supports you in making the changes necessary to move you in a better direction.
Before setting up an appointment, I require that everyone have a 30 minute phone consultation. This conversation allows me understand what you want to work on, find out what you think is getting in your way, share ideas I have about approaching these issues, and give you information about my practice. People find this helps us both make a better decision about working together. Initial consultations are free.
Once you've decided to start counseling or coaching, you will need to set up an appointment to reserve a day and time to meet. Sessions are typically done in the office, for a 50-minute time frame. It is usually a good idea to start off meeting weekly, however spacing sessions out over time can be very appropriate to allow you to do some work on your own. In some special cases, phone sessions lasting 50 minutes, are offered once we’ve had a chance to work together in person. Partial sessions lasting 30 minutes are offered to those who’ve been working on something and need to check progress, particularly with coaching sessions.
All fees are due at time of each session. Individual meetings are $150 per therapy session; phone coaching meetings are $100 per session; partial meetings are $75 session. Cancellation is required 24 hours in advance, to avoid being billed $100 for a missed appointment.
I also accept the following insurance plans:
Beacon Health/formerly ValueOptions
Carefirst/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland
Magellan Health, Inc.
When using insurance to cover the cost of services, you will need to comply with your insurance company's guidelines which might require pre-approval. Clients are expected to check with the insurance company to understand all benefits, eligibility, plan renewal policies, and any expenses you need to cover. Payment is due at time of the session, unless other arrangements have been discussed. Missed appointments or late cancellations are billed to you; they can't be absorbed by your insurance company. Payment can be made by cash, check, and bank issued debit or credit cards. PayPal is used for all debt/credit card payments.
Flexible spending account debit cards are welcomed as payment; however, some cards are declined. Flexible spending management companies determine which vendors/vendor payment software they approve, so alternate forms of payment may be needed to cover fees.