Frequently Asked Questions
What is a consultation ?
A quick 10-15 introduction to each other to determine if we are a good fit. A consultation is a great time ask questions about. This is also an opportunity for the therapist to get an idea of what's bringing you to therapy and determine if my expertise and experience are in line with your needs.
How long is a counseling session ?
Intake ( first appointment) 60-75 minutes
Individual = 50 minutes
What is the first session like?
During the first session I will try to get an understanding of your presenting problem and symptoms. I will also ask questions about your history such as childhood, employment, relationships etc.
I'm feeling nervous about starting therapy, is this normal?
Yes, the decision to start therapy can be a daunting experience. this usually goes away after 1-2 sessions when you develop a relationship with your therapist
What insurance do you accept?
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield*
Questions to ask insurance company:
Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits? Do I have a copay? If so how much is my co-pay?
Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it, and have I met it yet?
Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
*Failure to communicate with your insurance company prior to booking our services may result in unexpected fees and billing from your insurance company. You are responsible for the communication and understanding of your insurance coverage, premiums, and rates for all services prior to booking we assume no responsibilities of fees and rates associated with your insurance coverage.
How often and how long will I be in therapy?
How Often: This varies by person. Most people attend therapy weekly or bi weekly. I will discuss frequency in the first session.
How long: This also varies by person. Your progress will be evaluated continuously and when it's time we will discuss a plan for graduation.
I have never talked to a therapist before. I am used to handling things on my own. Are people who go to therapist weak?
Heck No. At some point in our lives we all need help getting through life. Developing the courage to ask for help is a strength. You already have strengths within you that may not be working. In working together, I will help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
If you are experiencing a crisis or need emergency help contact 911 or
Maryland Crisis Hotline 1-800-422-0009
National Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)