New Clients

Getting Started

Initial Sessions

Fees and Policies

I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation where I can answer any questions you might have as well as gather basic information. Then, you can move forward with booking an assessment if you would like.  

Depending on the age of the prospective patient, the initial assessments can vary from one to three appointments. If the person is under 18, I meet with the teen first, then the parents and then the family as a whole. This allows me to know you and your family better and do a thorough evaluation before making any diagnoses or treatment recommendations. During this time, I will be a consultant to your family or yourself and we will not yet be in a psychotherapist-patient relationship. If, at the end of the intake process, we feel it is a good fit, and you would like to continue working with me, then your adolescent or yourself will be an “established patient” and we will begin treatment together.

Payment is made at the time of service or prior to service. Receipts can be provided. Once you are a client you can sign into a client portal you create to set up a credit card pay option. Check or cash payments are accepted.

Cancellation Policy

I understand things come up and appointments may need to be cancelled or rescheduled from time to time. I request cancellations 48 business hours before our appointment, or you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

Insurance

I am an out-of-network provider. If you intend to use your insurance for reimbursement, I recommend you contact your plan prior to our first session to ask about your psychotherapy benefits. Many health insurance policies provide some coverage for mental health treatment. I am considered an "out-of-network" provider, which means that your insurance company may reimburse you directly for some portion of the fees you have paid to me. I will provide you with a receipt and will also help you receive the benefits to which you are entitled; however you, not your insurance company, are ultimately responsible for full payment of fees.

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

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