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    Will I really start feeling better with counseling?

    According to the American Psychological Association, about 75% of people who start therapy see improvements. Of course it doesn’t only involve showing up to and participating in sessions consistently, but also what you do after the session as well. It will take a commitment on your part to do the work needed to feel better.

    What is a typical therapy session like?

    Our first session together will be an intake assessment for an hour. This is when I review all legal documents with you, my practice policies, advise on my therapy style and structure, and answer any questions you may have. I also gather information about your psychosocial and medical history, and find out in detail your reasons for beginning therapy. We work collaboratively to design a treatment plan with goals that fit your needs for counseling. After this initial intake, sessions are usually weekly or biweekly depending on your needs, and will last 60 minutes. The first 10 minutes of each session is for check-in to find out how you are doing, and if you’ve had any increase in symptoms. The next 40 minutes will be focused on working on treatment plan goals and psychoeducation. The last 10 minutes are used to summarize the session, assign homework, answer your questions, and schedule the next appointment. Please be advised that this structure is not stringent, as many of my clients come prepared with a list of topics they wish to discuss, so I am flexible and put client needs first. If you’re having a difficult day at work and want to focus your session on addressing this, then I am okay with doing that.

    Do you accept insurance?

    Yes, I accept insurance as well as certain Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). I am credentialed with Aetna, BCBS, CareSource, Cigna (including EAP), ClaimDoc, FAIROS/OccuNet, Kaiser, Kepro EAP, Optum (including EAP), Oscar Health, Oxford, Spring Health EAP, Ulliance EAP, United Healthcare (including EAP), Unity, and Velocity. In addition, I have self-pay as an option. Please reach out for additional information.

    Do you offer a sliding scale?

    Yes, I offer a sliding scale through Open Path Psychotherapy Collective for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.