Frequently Asked Questions

What is your approach?

Please refer to the section on My Philosophy. In general, I am a directive therapist who will actively involve myself in your work. I frequently assign tasks for you to perform outside of the therapy, and look for you to complete such tasks between sessions.

How long will therapy last?

I cannot truly answer that question without first meeting with you and assesing the nature and scope of your issues. All the therapists at the Center follow a problem-solving model. I will stay focused on what it is you wish to resolve and work with you as quickly as possible to resolve that issue.

How should I choose a therapist?

When choosing a therapist, look for the right fit between you and the therapist. This means:

  1. Make sure the therapist has the right training and experience for the problems that you are bringing in for treatment.
  2. Make sure that the approach the therapist uses is one you are comfortable with. Are they going to give you feedback or give outside tasks? Or will they allow you to follow your path with very little direction? Do they see the past as critical to treatment or do they feel that the past is not really very important? As a couple do they always see you together or are they flexible?
  3. Lastly, inquire about the professional credentials and associations that the therapist belongs to, and how much time they spend on continuing their education. It is important that a therapist keeps up to date on the latest treatment developments.

How are your fees in relation to other therapists?

My fees are comparable to other senior experienced professionals in the area and to other professionals you may employ such as lawyers and accountants.

I accept credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) and checks as well as cash.  I expect to be paid when services are rendered unless another provision is made.

Do you accept insurance?

No. I do not participate with any insurance company.  Therefore I am considered an out-of-network provider.  My decision not participate with an insurance company (have a signed contract) is based on the following

  1. Since much of my practice deals with marital and sexual issues, I found  that most companies do not cover relationship counseling or sex therapy.
  2. I do not feel comfortable releasing very personal information (session notes) to your insurance company who cannot guarantee that the information will be held in confidence.
  3. I believe that the therapy process is interfered with if you are worried that your records could be required for reimbursement.
  4. I do not believe that either marital problems or sexual problems should be viewed as “pathological” and part of the medical treatment model.

What if I think that my insurance will cover your services?

I am always happy to provide you with a “superbill” which is conformed to meet the standards that an insurance company has set for information required for submission. You may then submit the form to them and they will send the reimbursement directly to you if they choose to pay.

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