How much do you charge?
Focused (fACT) Session - 25-30 minutes, $50. Follow up visit is same time and cost.
Psychotherapy Session - 45 minutes, $110. Follow up visit is same time and cost.
Couples Counseling - 45 minutes, $120. 60 minutes, $150 Follow up visit is same time and cost. Couples counseling is typically not covered by insurance.
I do offer a few sliding scale appointments. E-mail/call for more info.
All groups are $25 at the door, $20 if registered online or $80.00 a month with group pass. (Insurance is not accepted for groups)
Do you take insurance?
Yes! I currently accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield, United Health, Optum, Neighborhood Health, Harvard Pilgrim & Tufts. You are responsible for all co-pays, deductible and/or claims denials as indicated by their policy.
*Please Note: Couples counseling is not covered by most insurance policies.
Where is your office?
My office is located on the east side of Providence, RI at 1 Richmond Square, Suite 103k. The parking lot near the park is closet to the suite (west side of building. I will typically look for you for your first visit.
How do I pay for my sessions?
Payment is expected at the time of service and I accept all major credit cards including HSA cards, cash and personal checks. You can also leave your credit card on file on my online client portal. This has the capability to securely store your card number which can be automatically charged for your sessions. You have access to these receipts at any time.
What should I expect before my first visit?
When you set up an appointment with me either through a quick consultation or directly through my website, my system is set up in such a way that you can expect the first time paperwork to be made available to you over the internet through my secure web-portal. This is the usual paperwork you would need to fill out for any clinical office visit and I do this to speed up the process and allow you to take action ahead of time so that when you show up, we can just jump right in. You can also use the web portal to see any billing questions or to change, schedule or cancel and future sessions.
How frequently will I come in for sessions and for how long?
This depends on you. With a more traditional approach, in order for sessions to be effective, I have found that initially, therapy sessions need to be weekly for at least four sessions. We mutually agree on a day and time that works best and I reserve that for you. As progress is made and initial goals are met it is not uncommon for other goals to be set or we may decide that you come in less frequently for a limited period of time to ensure the sustainability of skills learned. Most individuals I work with are able to accomplish their initial goals and report doing better within 4-8 sessions spread out over three to six months (78%).
If you choose to do the focused approach (fACT), one session is often all that is needed, though it is not uncommon for someone to come in, develop a plan, go out and try it and then decide that they want to focus on another challenge or gain new skills. Typical time invested in this approach is 2-4 sessions over 2-3 months.
Do I have to do anything between sessions?
To get the most out of our time and your investment into your health I will often customize assignments for you as they relate to your therapy goals. I may recommend that you read a particular book, buy a workbook, complete daily worksheets, watch pertinent videos or check out a website. Doing work in between sessions reinforces new ideas that we discuss in sessions and brings a “flow” to the process as it moves along.
With these assignments, I also encourage you to bring a notebook/journal to your sessions. (You can also use a phone application found here). By using these items, you will have a reference source for what we talked about in session and are encouraged to write down challenging times between sessions so that they can be discussed. I am an analytical and integral thinker, which means I love the details and all the data to help me get a sense of the a big picture.
Do you keep what we discuss in therapy confidential?
As a Mental Health Counselor, I am bound by law to confidentiality. That means is that anything we discuss in person or in any communication can not be discussed with anyone else without your written consent. I even go as far as to warn those I work with to not take offense that should I see them out in public, I will not acknowledge them since, I view that as a break in confidentiality (not to mention putting you in an awkward position!)
There are 4 limits to confidentiality in which I may have to break confidentiality as required by law:
You tell me about any child or elder currently being abused.
You tell me you are going to hurt someone else.
You indicate that you are seriously considering suicide.
I am ordered by a court of law to turn over my clinical notes.
If you choose to use insurance, however, please understand that they too will have access to my clinical notes about our conversations.
How does therapy help?
First off, where else can you go where you are provided with a safe, confidential place for you to process your pain and work on your unique challenges? Unlike your friends and family, I have the clinical training and the added experience of listening to individual's deepest thoughts for years which allows me the ability to not only effectively listen to you from a non-judgmental, unbiased position, but also to help guide you towards a deeper understanding of the underlying issues.
Second, therapy has been scientifically proven to be effective, especially the theoretical approaches I have selected, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which have years of evidenced based research to back them up.
And finally, there is power in talking with, analyzing and sharing your story and struggles with a trained clinician. The secrets and thoughts that you keep inside can become powerful and controlling. Once you’ve identified these aspects of yourself, once you can see your personal stories, you then become free to choose a different path. Change happens when you begin to connect what you are thinking and feeling to what you are doing in your life. All of it is important- your thoughts, your emotions, and your behaviors- and therapy is where we can connect the dots and empower you to make lasting change in your life.
What are the benefits of therapy?
People seek out therapy for many reasons. Sometimes there has been a stressful event that prompts a person to reach out for therapeutic support. Other people seek therapy to simply have a personal, safe, judgment-free space to discuss various life issues.
The results of therapy can include:
Better sense of self-confidence and esteem
Learning concrete strategies to better manage stress and symptoms related to anxiety and depression
Clarity related to life purpose and direction
Better and more fulfilling relationships
Greater ability to communicate assertively with others and resolve conflicts
Ability to set boundaries
Developing a compassionate and loving relationship with yourself
Regaining emotional balance