Going to therapy can be overwhelming, and many people are quite nervous when coming to their first session. Setting an intention to improve your awareness to emotions, behaviors, and thoughts is powerful, and well, intimidating as well. Here are some things to know before your first session!
1 / Do you take insurance?
Yes! I am in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, United Health Care, Medicare, Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna, and Priority Health.
2 / How much does therapy cost?
I believe everyone deserves effective treatment. I work to ensure each session counts through implementing evidence-based techniques. I charge $150 for the intake appointment, and $100 per session thereafter. I reserve some reduced fee spaces for clients who are not insured, have financial need, or have Medicaid. I work with Great Lakes Psychology Group who submits all insurances and billing for me, and they will give you a Good Faith Estimate prior to services starting so you will know what to expect to have to pay out of pocket.
3 / Do you provide free consultations?
Yes, prior to scheduling your first appointment, I like to schedule a 15 minute phone consult to learn more about you and to answer any questions that you may have. After the consult, if you would like to proceed with an appointment, we can schedule one at that time.
4 / What happens next?
To schedule your first appointment, you can either schedule through me or call Great Lakes Psychology Group (GLPG) at 800-693-1916. After your initial appointment is scheduled, you will receive an invite to a patient portal. Through the portal you can review and sign all paperwork prior to your appointment. You will also receive text and email reminders for your appointment from the portal. Insurance will need to be verified prior to your first appointment and a Good Faith Estimate will be sent to you by GLPG.
In the confidential space our office, I will explain relevant policies and answer any questions you may have. Intakes are really a conversation about both what’s troubling you as well as what your hopes and goals are. My goal is to begin the process of really hearing and understanding your experience and needs. Intakes are scheduled for 60 minutes.
To learn more about how to make the most of your first session, visit The Beginning of Therapy: What to Expect.
5 / How long does therapy last?
For some people therapy is something they do for a short time to resolve a specific issue or reach a goal. For others, therapy becomes an ongoing part of their health and wellness routine or part of their support network. And for others it’s something in between. We will continually reflect on our progress and goals so we can find what’s best for you. Sessions are scheduled for 45-60 minutes.