Frequently Asked Questions

Payment 

I accept BCBS IL PPO insurance. For out-of-network reimbursement, I can provide you with invoices to submit to your insurance company. Please contact your insurance company to ensure your therapy is covered. I can offer sliding scale rates to clients with significant financial hardship.  I accept major credit cards via a secure, HIPAA-compliant website.

Cancellations

Please attempt to cancel appointments with at least 24 hours of notice. Appointments that are cancelled with less than 24 hours of notice will incur the full-session fee which is not covered by insurance.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a legal and ethical obligation I approach seriously to ensure clients feel comfortable speaking openly during sessions. State and Federal law require that I release information should you be at imminent risk of harming yourself or others, there be suspected abuse/neglect to vulnerable populations, or records be demanded by court. We will discuss confidentiality in more detail during our first session.

Diversity

I am dedicated to being an ally and providing a safe space for all minorities.

Duration

Individual therapy sessions are approximately 55 minutes. The frequency of sessions depends on your availability and treatment goals; however, weekly sessions are encouraged initially. How long you decide to continue therapy depends on the reasons you are seeking therapy and your preferences.

Veterans & Active Duty

I have trained and worked at 3 Chicagoland area VAs across multiple areas of mental health. I am familiar with military culture associated with the different eras and branches.

 

First Session

Prior to scheduling the first session, I will contact you for a free 15-minute phone consultation to determine if I am the right therapist for you. If we decide to schedule our first session, we will review required consents and forms, the reasons you are seeking therapy, your history, and your questions for me.

Emergencies

Your safety is the first priority. If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911 or present to the nearest Emergency Department. If you are having suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free, confidential support at

1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Once your safety has been established, please call me for follow-up so we can process the emergency together.