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FAQ

How can counseling help me?

Counselors provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, trauma, and stress management. They can also be helpful in encouraging personal growth, enhancing interpersonal relationships, managing family concerns, addressing marriage issues, and dealing with the hassles of daily life. Counseling can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem, and help you look for solutions. Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. 

Do you accept insurance? 

I am in-network with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. To determine if you have coverage through your insurance carrier, contact them and check your coverage. You can ask them what benefits are covered, how much your co-pay or co-insurance amount will be, and if you have a deductible. ​Your insurance may provide some reimbursement to you for out-of-network providers. If I am not in network with your insurance carrier, I can provide you with documentation that you can submit to your insurance carrier for this purpose. ​Not everyone chooses to use insurance coverage to pay for counseling. Some people choose this option to have more flexibility with treatment. ​If you choose this option, you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much services will cost you under the No Surprises Act. I will provide a Good Faith Estimate in writing before we begin working together. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.

 

​Payment is due at the time of services.

Is everything we discuss in therapy confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust. Every therapist should provide a copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent.” Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, but by law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission. The only exceptions to complete confidentiality are the legal and ethical requirement therapists have to report the following:​

  • Suspected abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders requires therapists to report to the authorities, including child protective services, adult protective services, and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources, or

  • A client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.

How do I request an appointment or ask for more information?

To request additional information about counseling services, click here. Please do not include confidential information in your email. I will be glad to answer any questions you have. You can also contact me at 540-820-4242. Although I may be unable to take your call initially, please leave a voicemail indicating when you are available for a return call.

To request an appointment, click here. You will be directed to a secure portal and will be able to request an appointment after providing some basic information. There will be some forms that will need to be completed prior to the initial appointment. Please indicate whether you prefer an in-person appointment at the main office, or a tele-health appointment. If you choose a tele-health appointment, we will connect using the portal. If you plan on using insurance coverage for your appointments, please check your coverage before our initial appointment.

You are resilient. You have within you the flexibility and strength to move forward.

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