LMFT, LADC, MSW
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor EMDR Therapist
How to begin
Finding a therapist you are comfortable with can be challenging. Because a positive therapeutic relationship is essential to successful therapy, I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation for us to interview one another and determine if my practice is appropriate for your needs.
You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 203-318-4224. If you email or leave a voice message with your phone number please also leave the best times to contact you. When we speak, I would be interested in learning briefly what you are dealing with in your life and what you are hoping to gain from counseling. This is also gives you a chance to ask any questions you have of me, such as what to expect in therapy and any specific questions about my therapeutic style. Meeting for an initial session will then give you an opportunity to explain in more detail your experiences and struggles, and we can discuss how we can work to meet your goals. If you plan to use insurance, please have the insurance card with you when calling.
You will probably know whether our partnership feels right within the first several meetings and can decide whether to continue with me or to seek a referral to another practitioner. I encourage you to be selective. My goal is to serve you and open communication is the best way to achieve that. I look forward to hearing from you!
When you make an appointment, I reserve a special time for you. I kindly request 24 hours advance notice to cancel. I have $75 cancellation fee for appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
Frequency & Expectations
Usually sessions are once a week initially, and I will sometimes suggest some things you can work on between sessions. Unless we are nearing the completion of our work together and are tapering off our meetings, if too much time elapses between appointments, I find that progress is noticeably slower for you and momentum can be lost. However, many clients, when they have worked on issues and are feeling more confident and secure, do make appointments to check in on a 3 week or monthly basis.
Although I am trained in making diagnoses, using formal diagnostic labels with clients is not always necessary – unless it could be helpful in explaining what I think is going on. I apply techniques and treatment approaches that have been researched to be effective for particular conditions. At the same time, however, I recognize that people and their situations are typically complex and require a thoughtfully individualized approach to treatment.
There is no way to “guarantee” the success of therapy. Sometimes at first, as issues and feelings are stirred up, people may even feel worse. But dealing with present concerns eventually help most people feel stronger, empowered and gain a greater sense of wellness!
Length of services
The length of time of therapy varies and is individual. Sometimes people feel better in a few sessions, sometimes it may take months or longer to complete our work. Factors influencing the duration include the nature and complexity of the issues we’re addressing, your life circumstances, your motivation, and many other variables.
My fee is $150 per 60 minute session for individual, couples or family therapy. Initial sessions and intake appointments are $190. Payment is expected to be made at the end of each session. I accept cash or check. I also accept credit cards using IVY Pay, a HIPAA compliant payment service. I extend reduced rates for educators, employees of non-profits, first-responders and churches as well as active-duty military and their families. If you have special circumstances please discuss that with me.
Many people have insurance and chose to use their benefits for treatment. If I am an in-network provider for your insurance, I have an agreed upon contracted and discounted rate with your insurance company. As a courtesy I will submit your claims to your insurance company. You will be held responsible for any unpaid balances or gaps in insurance coverage. I am in-network with Husky and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.
I am out of network with Aetna, United Behavioral Health Care/Optum/Connecticare, and Cigna. Many times out of network coverage is available. For those clients who are out of network, session fees are due at time of service (see above) and I will be glad to provide you a statement that you may submit to your insurance company or your flexible spending account for reimbursement. You are responsible for verifying the possibilities and extent of reimbursement and I can assist if you ask. You may have co-pays or deductibles which will impact your reimbursement. You will be held responsible for any unpaid balances.
85 Wall Street 2nd Floor, Madison, CT 06443 203-318-4224 call for a free consultation