FAQ: Commonly Asked Questions in Therapy

How long do I have to be in thereapy?

You don’t have to do anything! And I am here to listen, give feedback and support the decisions you make for yourself. How long you stay in therapy is based on your needs and what you want to accomplish. I’ve had clients come for a few sessions, followed through with recommendations in between sessions, felt better and moved on. I’ve also had clients come back into treatment as needed, or stay on to work on more complex issues. It can sometimes be hard to predict how long therapy will take, but I can tell you that I won’t keep you for any longer than needed.

How can we keep this confidential?

Your privacy is very important to me. That’s why my office is an office building with other businesses and professionals such as CPAs, physicians and consultants. I’ve taken it one step further. I do not even have my name or practice listed in the entryway. It’s that private. So when you enter this building, you could be waiting for anybody. I also schedule time between sessions so that I can reflect on our session. This also provides a buffer that protects your confidentiality because you will not be running into my other clients. It’s only when you feel safe and secure that you can do the work you need to do and that’s what this is all about.

Do you take insurance?

We are considered an out-of-network provider for all insurance plans. This means that our services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Utilizing your insurance benefits is usually not as complicated or difficult as it initially sounds. You can verify your coverage by asking if you have out-of-network benefits for mental health and what is the coverage amount per session. We will be happy to provide you with a “Superbill” to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.

Are there any benefits to not using insurance?

You might elect to not use insurance for privacy reasons. Insurance companies usually require a mental health diagnosis to cover charges. And using your insurance gives them access to additional clinical information. Some of my clients want to maintain control of their private information and not give access to a third party. Others have also expressed concerns about leaving a paper trail when applying for life, health or disability insurance.Another option is to use your Health Savings Account or HSA. Some clients prefer this because it is tax free, there is no diagnosis required and the insurance company does not ask for access to your records.

Do you offer online therapy?

Telecounseling meets the needs of busy woman who travel for work, have children at home or for women who just love the convenience. For many women, phone consultations provide just the right mix of professionalism, privacy, and convenience. I offer HIPAA-compliant online therapy to clients who are physically located in New Jersey. If you plan to use your insurance benefits, I recommend that you verify that telemedicine is a covered by your plan.

What if I don’t like you or we just don’t “fit”?

Are you kidding me? What’s not to like?! Seriously though, this relationship isn’t about me. It’s about you. Counseling usually means sharing a part of your life that you wouldn’t tell the average person. It’s essential that you feel comfortable with the therapist you choose and you believe that person has the skills to help you. I’m here to help you find what you need and what feels right. If this doesn’t feel right, I’ll will do my best to recommend someone who might be a better fit.

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