Common Questions

If I decide to work with you, what would it look like?

There are a number of options.

After the initial consultation and evaluative meeting(s) and recommendations, together we create a plan or program of therapy.  Typically this plan includes goals and outcomes to work on, and a schedule of meetings in my office.

Most traditionally, I meet with clients on a weekly basis, for 45 minutes. Sometimes we plan to meet for 60 to 90 minutes.

Some clients come in for twice-a-week sessions of 30 minutes or 45 minutes duration.

I have an aftercare program that consists of four weeks of three times a week 45 to 60 minute sessions.

 

However, a number of my clients travel a great deal for work, and we create additional flexible plans, for example, 90-minute, 2-hour, or 3-hour sessions every two weeks or every month, or as-needed.

There is also a VIP half-day, 1-day or 2-day option for making a lot of progress in a concentrated period of time, for people who want fast and focused relief, or for people who come in from out-of-town.

 

What if I need medication?

As a psychologist, I am a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), not a Doctor of Medicine (MD), so I do not prescribe medication.  However, number of the people with whom I work are on some form of medication – usually for depression, ADHD, social anxiety, OCD.  I have several excellent psychiatrists to whom I refer my patients for medication evaluations, if this is indicated.

 

Do you accept insurance, and if not, why not?

The short answer is no.  I am not under any contract with any insurance companies.  This means that I have not agreed to have them set the fee, regulate what kind or how much therapy is approved, or share confidential information with them.  The therapy agreement is between my client and myself, rather than delegating to a third party (health insurance company) the worth, value, mode, and length of therapy.

Some people do, however, elect to submit a statement (which I will provide if they ask for it) to their insurance company on their own, and to receive any eligible reimbursement directly.  It is important to be aware that this requires a Mental Disorder Diagnosis (for example, Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, etc.), which compromises confidentiality.

Not everyone who works with me meets the criteria for a Mental Disorder Diagnosis (that’s not a bad thing!).  And many of those who do, choose to keep this information private, out of the vast computer network of information, for privacy reasons.  Having such a diagnosis in the system could affect a person years later, for example, if they decide to run for office or apply for life insurance or medical disability insurance.

Do you offer a sliding scale?

No, I don’t.  The last thing you need is for the cost of therapy to be an issue for you.  If the cost is a primary concern for you, I recommend that you search under mental health agencies in the front of your phone book.  Or depending on your geographical location, I may be able to guide you toward some lower-cost referrals.

Do you take credit card payments?

Not yet.  It’s in the works, though!

How do I get started?

Wonderful!

Pick up the phone and give me a call: 610-526-9111. I look forward to speaking with you.  We’ll have a brief chat and set something up in my office if it seems like a good idea to both of us.

I look forward to hearing your story!

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