Frequently Asked Questions
Can we meet virtually/online?
How often will we meet?
We recommend meeting once a week or once every other week. When you have your first session, this will be discussed and we can evaluate the frequency of sessions along the way. If we are providing CBT-i, most appointments are bi-weekly.
How long do appointments last?
Appointments are typically 50 minutes. For family therapy, the first session is often 75 minutes, but all follow-ups will be 50 minutes. If more time is needed, we can discuss cost and availability ahead of time.
What happens during the first session?
In your first session, we will spend time getting to know you and the issues that brought you into therapy. The initial session is the time for you to start to share your story, talk about your goals and what you would like to change. We are establishing a relationship that will become the foundation for working together.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not participate with any insurance companies, although many insurance plans will reimburse a portion of the cost of the session. Check with your insurance company to find out about your out-of-network benefits. Payment is due at the time of the session and we will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurer.
Do prescribe medications?
No, we do not prescribe medication in our practice. If you would like to be evaluated for medication, we can refer you to a psychiatrist that we work with. We also coordinate care with your doctor or psychiatrist.
How long will I be in therapy?
The length of therapy varies depending on your specific needs and circumstances. Many types of therapy that we provide in our practice are meant to be short-term. Therapy for insomnia often lasts 6-8 sessions. Therapy for trauma and chronic pain therapy are also typically short-term. You can discuss what you are looking for with your therapist when you start treatment.
Will the things I discuss be kept private?
What you talk about with your therapist will almost always be confidential. This means that the information you discuss cannot be shared with anyone else. There are some exceptions to confidentiality, however. If your therapist thinks you are a danger to yourself or others, or if abuse is suspected, confidentiality can be broken. You can talk to your therapist more specifically about any questions you have.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require at least 24 hours notice for cancellations or we will charge for the appointment. Exceptions can be made in the case of an emergency. It’s important that we meet consistently in order to make progress.