Questions You Might Have - and Answers
- Can we meet just one time to see if we can work together?
of course. Our ability to work together will be based on how we
interact in the first visit or first several visits. Treatment is a
mutual, collaborative process, so we need to get a sense of one another
- and it's important that you, as the patient, feel like we can work
- Do you have evening or weekend appointments?
schedule appointments throughout the day, Tuesday through Friday.
I do not schedule evening or weekend appointments. In case
of emergency, I am available by phone."
- If I see you, do I also have to see another therapist?
"It has been my experience, and studies show, that patients improve more with both appropriate medication treatment and
psychotherapy than with either treatment modality alone. I
recommend psychotherapy and find it is beneficial for most of my
- How long do people see you?
depends on the needs of the patient. I see some people for fairly
brief therapy, 4 to 8 sessions. And I may work with others over a
number of years. The length of treatment depends on the severity
of problems, available supports to patients, productive fit between me
and my patients, and the availability of other forms of treatment."
- What ages do you work with?
my work is with adults of all ages, including seniors. I also
work with college-age students"
- Do you tend to work mostly with men or mostly with women?
practice is fairly equally divided between men and women
patients. Overall, I have slightly more women in my practice."
- Is what I tell you really kept confidential?
is important to me and to my patients. My confidentiality policy
is in line with national HIPAA regulations. (Please click here to
see my confidentiality policy.) I try to only share needed
information with other health care providers on a need-to-know basis,
although HIPAA allows health care information to be shared freely among
various practitioners who treat you. My stance is to try to share
the minimum, but most helpful, information with others. And I
make every effort to obtain prior consent from my patients to disclose
sensitive information. I believe that our work is most effective
if it is private and safe - with as few other people involved as
- If I need medication as part of my therapy, can you prescribe it?
- Do you accept insurance? Do you bill insurance for me or do I have to pay you directly and then submit my claim?
try to make this as easy as possible for my patients. I do not
expect patients to file their own insurance claims or to pay the full
charge in advance. My billing staff files each patient's
insurance claim. But patients are responsible for their copayment
at each visit. I work with most major health insurance companies
and managed care organizations such as Cigna, Optima, Coventry, Aetna, and others. I
am 'in network' for those companies and on their accepted provider
- What about Medicaid?
"I do not accept Medicaid."
- What do you charge per session?
"You can click here to see a summary of what I charge."
Do you provide emergency services? Urgent care?
can generally be reached by phone for urgent problems that may
arise. If for some reason I cannot be reached, I ask people in
severe distress to go to the nearest emergency room."
- What do I need to do before I see you? And what forms do I need to bring to my first meeting with you?
"Please click here
to see what forms need to be filled out. You can download them
and have everything ready for when we meet. And please also bring
your photo ID and insurance card, if you have one."