FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
Therapy sessions are generally between 45-60 minutes. These times can depend on insurance coverage, private pay and your financial needs. Every client has different needs and the time needed is often dependent on those needs.
IS TELEHEALTH THERAPY AS EFFECTIVE AS FACE-TO-FACE THERAPY?
Telehealth is conducted via video calls and can also occur via telephone calls. Telehealth has been found to be an effective form of therapy, just with a slightly different approach. There can be limiting factors to consider, such as not having a confidential space to have therapy. The effectiveness of both only differs slightly, based on research. The benefits are still great. As you begin telehealth, if you find that it is not a good fit for you, I encourage you to let me know, as I would want you to receive the services that suit you best.
WHAT DOES YOUR CERTIFICATION IN PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH MEAN?
My Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) represents my training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This means that I completed a 3-day training, which includes advanced training through Postpartum Support International. In order to become certified, we are to have two years' experience in perinatal mental health work and pass a certification exam. I completed my 3-day training in 2018 and became certified in June 2020.
WHAT IF YOU ARE NOT THE RIGHT FIT FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS?
I highly encourage my clients to let me know when I am not the right fit for their mental health needs. My therapeutic approach is not for everyone and that is okay. If you are not finding what you need through my services, I will and can provide you with a list of therapists in the area that fit your needs, including specialization in specific areas you may be looking for. Feel free to email me to inquire about referrals, I believe this is part of my service to you. You are not bothering me and I value serving you in this way. I want your wellbeing to be priority.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I ARRIVE TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
I am located inside a two-story building. Upon entering the main double doors into the hallway, you will enter suite 120. Make yourself comfortable in my waiting room and you can enjoy water or coffee while waiting. When we begin our appointment, I will review forms and administrative needs you may have. Thereafter, you will have the rest of the time to share your story and begin working on treatment goals. You may or may not know what these goals are and that is okay, I am here to support you through it. **Telehealth appointments are the same, only we meet via video call and I can not provide water or coffee while you jump on the call.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PRIVATE PAY AND INSURANCE-BASED SERVICES?
You may have noticed that some therapists take health insurance and others do not. There are benefits to private pay, in that your mental health treatment/services are not being disclosed to a third party. When we utilize health insurance, our mental health information is no longer confidential; as health insurance companies have access to this information and they can request our notes at any given time. In addition, a diagnosis has to be provided to deem your services medically necessary in order to cover your treatment. Private pay gives you the flexibility of obtaining services that are confidential and without limitations to treatment, frequency, length of sessions, and therapeutic modalities. Private pay and insurance-based therapists are still held to the same ethical guidelines, board rules, and licensure requirements.