I’ve never done counseling before. How does this go?

The basic overview is pretty simple. You call, and we chat about what’s going on in your life. If together, we feel that I can help you, we schedule your first appointment. All sessions, including the initial assessment, are about an hour. After your first appointment, we’ll meet as frequently as we need to address your issue. See the Services page for more detail.

What is the cost, and why don’t you take insurance?

For transparency, I am not your best option if you’re looking for the cheapest option. My fee is based on many factors, including my education, experience, and the results I bring to clients. The cost of the initial assessment is $150. Following appointments are $130. My practice is self-pay, also called private pay. This means I do not work with insurance companies.

Why don’t I take insurance? This is one of the most common questions I get. There are a few reasons. 1. Anything I put in your medical record stays in your medical record. I’m not too fond of that. A diagnosis shouldn’t follow you forever since many issues are resolved in therapy. 2. The insurance companies require that we provide a diagnosis for everything we do. In the real world, some people don’t fit neatly into diagnostic boxes 3. The insurance companies dictate how a therapist can practice. If I decide to use a treatment they don’t pay for; they won’t. If they decide they’re done paying for your treatment, you’re done with it. Being private pay, we work together to determine your therapy’s best course of action.

What are your credentials?

I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Malone University, a Master’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University, am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (Clinical) with Supervisory status, and am certified in Neuro-linguistic Programming. I have published various articles in local and national publications and authored several self-help books. I also appear on radio, print, and TV to discuss mental health and sociopolitical issues.

Do you work with . . .?

There are just some things I’m not super great at working with. If you are seeking family therapy, I would encourage you to seek someone with specific training in family work. I also suggest you work with someone else if you are working through custody issues with children, partner violence, or depression with suicidal ideations.