Common Questions About Therapy
Q: What types of therapy do you specialize in and how long will we work together?
A: I specialize in individual and couples therapy services for adults. This may be time limited or long term, depending on the nature of your needs. I value a collaborative approach to setting goals that are meaningful for you. As such, through consistent feedback, we will determine the frequency and scope of our visits together. Special areas of expertise include issues related to online relationships and online addictions.
Q: Does therapy work?
A: There is ample research indicating that therapy can be an effective treatment for many issues ranging from managing life stress to major mental health disorders. I am proficient in a variety of techniques that are empirically supported.
Q: How long does it take for things to get better?
A: This depends on a number of factors, including the nature of your issues and how long they’ve been a problem. Sometimes things seem to get worse before they get better. However, many clients experience a sense of ‘relief’ just by beginning the process of treatment.
Q: What is a psychological “tune up”?
A: Everyone could use a boost from time to time... a listening ear, a different perspective, suggestions about how to be more effective in living. Often the focus is developing mental health rather than treating mental illness. My notion is that a few “tune up” sessions are often an effective way at initiating and/or maintaining positive changes.
Q: What are your hours for appointments?
A: Sessions are by appointment only, with therapy session typically scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Exceptions involving other days and limited evening appointments may be made on a case by case basis.
Q: Do you provide emergency services?
A: In an urgent situation, I will see you as soon as I can realistically schedule. However, my practice is not set up to respond to truly emergent situations. My Informed Consent and website (see the Emergency Info tab) describe other support services available until our next appointment.
Q; Are our meetings confidential?
A: With a few exceptions, our meetings will be strictly confidential. If you are at risk to harm yourself or others, or in select other situations, I may have a professional obligation to disclose some information. See the Psychologist-Client Services Agreement and Oregon HIPAA Notice forms for details.
Q: What are your fees?
A: My usual & customary fee for ongoing sessions is $150, with intake fee at $200. This is competitively priced compared to similarly qualified professionals in this area. I accept cash, checks and credit/debit card payments.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: Yes & No. Insurance companies often limit or dictate the number of sessions or services you can receive and may not cover couples therapy at all. In addition, many individuals seek mental health services outside of insurance due to privacy and other concerns. See the ‘Benefits and Risks of Using Insurance Benefits’ section of the Psychologist-Client Services Agreement form for discussion of these issues.
However, for some clients insurance is the only way they can access services. I am a contracted provider with:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), including Regence and other affiliates
- Pacific Source
- Providence (PBH/UBH)
- United Healthcare insurances.
If I am an out of network provider, in most cases I can still provide services but it becomes the client’s responsibility to seek reimbursement from their insurance company.
Q: Do you offer a sliding scale?
A: Clients with documented financial hardships may qualify for a discounted session fee.
Q: What are your policies on cancellations and rescheduling?
A: In consideration of other clients, please give 24 hours notice for cancelations or rescheduling. A late cancellation fee will be charged for sessions missed without a 24 hour notice, with a one time exception. The usual fee is due for each missed appointment thereafter.
Q: What forms do I need to bring to our initial meeting?
A: Please see the Forms section of this website for .pdf files which you can print, fill out, and bring to our initial session.
Q: Can you prescribe medications?
A: Oregon law currently does not allow Psychologists to write prescriptions. However, I am knowledgeable about psychotropic medications and can work collaboratively with your prescriber to coordinate care.