Practice Information

 

Your First Session

  • What Can I Expect The First Time We Meet?

    When we meet for the first time, we start to get to know each other. I conduct an intake interview. I ask factual questions (name, address, etc.), and questions about your physical health and family history. You may print an intake form and fill it out prior to your appointment to allow for more time at your first session.


  • You talk about why you decided to seek therapy, and we begin to formulate some goals. This is also an opportunity for us to get a sense of what it's like to work together. If at the end of the first session, or soon thereafter, we decide for any reason that your needs would be better served by someone else, I will do my best to provide more appropriate referrals.
  • How Long Will Therapy Take?
    The length of treatment depends on your particular situation. After I learn more about the issues you want to work on, I might be able to provide you with some idea of how long we might be working together.
  • How Long Do Sessions Last?
    Sessions are 50 minutes long. We normally schedule regular sessions once a week, at set times, depending on your needs. We will decide whether to meet more or less often.
  • Medications
    Clinical Social Workers do not prescribe medication. However, if over the course of therapy it is assessed that medication might be beneficial, I have excellent working relationships with local physicians, psychiatrists and nurse practitioners and I will help you make the appropriate connection. Medication could help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. If you are currently taking medications, we can discuss this during the initial appointment.

Appointments

Please call or e-mail me for more information and/or to set up an appointment. I return most phone calls within 24 hours during normal business hours or by the next business day if left on the weekend. Please send e-mail for inquiries only. I am not able to conduct therapy via email.

*If you are feeling suicidal or in an emotional crisis, please contact Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services at 272-1616

Fees and Payment

  • $125 for initial assessment
  • $100 per 50 minute session
  • $135 fee for on site school observations/consultations

I do accept credit cards.

I accept most insurances, including BlueCross/BlueShield, Value Options, GHI Empire Plan, Aetna,Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus. I do not accept Medicaid. You are responsible for understanding your particular insurance policy and for finding out and being responsible for your co-insurance payments.

I ask that you clear your balance and pay at the time of delivery of service, each visit, so that the time and expense of billing will not be necessary. Please discuss any fee difficulties with me as they arise so that alternative arrangements may be explored. A sliding scale fee is available if necessary. Please note that therapy fees may constitute a tax deductible medical expense. You may request a receipt for such purposes.

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Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers. Live the questions now.
Rainer Maria Rilke