Why do people seek therapy?
People seek therapy for many reasons. Therapy can provide support and skill-building for coping with life challenges such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood trauma, bereavement, work conflicts, stress management, loss, drug or alcohol abuse, etc. Therapy is an active, engaging way to identify what’s not working in your life and relationships and to develop the skills necessary to have more of what you want and need.
What should I expect in the first session?
The first session is the time for you to start to share your story, to talk about your goals and what you would like to change. Another important aspect of the first session is determining if we are a good fit. We are establishing a relationship that will become the foundation for working together. The first session is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about me and my therapeutic approach. We will also discuss payment, cancellation, and in-between session contact.
Do you accept insurance?
I am currently an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield of TX PPO healthcare plans and an out-of-network provider for other health care plans. If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health treatment. Many health plans allow for out-of-network coverage, or money from a flex spending or health savings account may be used. Fees (including copays and co-insurance) for therapy are payable at the end of each session.
As an "out of network" provider for all other insurance companies, I am to provide a statement of services (called a superbill) that can be be used to submit to your insurance company towards your out-of-network mental health benefits. Out-of-network benefits cover psychotherapy with the professional you choose. Most plans require the patient to pay a deductible, and then reimburse a certain percentage of the fee after that, typically 75 or 80%. Fees for therapy when I am an "out of network" provider are still payable at the end of each session.
Be sure to call the number on the back of your insurance card prior to your appointment to find out the details about your benefits.
In addition, once an appointment has been scheduled, you will be expected to pay for the time allotted unless you provide 24 hours advance notice of cancellation.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a therapist. Information can only be disclosed with written permission directly from the client or their legal guardian. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
-Serious and foreseeable harm to you or others is evident
-Release of confidential information is required by court order or requested by you
-Child abuse or neglect is evident or suspected
-Abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults who are vulnerable due to physical or mental impairment or advanced age is evident or suspected
-Client abuse or sexual exploitation by a previous mental health provider
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept payment by cash, check, or credit card.