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 do you take my insurance?

I currently practice with Hope Behavioral Health in Akron, Ohio. This benefits my clients as I am able to accept most insurances by working with a group practice. Most people have a copay which varies by insurance company and plan.

If you have questions about your insurance, you can call the number on the back of your insurance card to ask about your mental health benefits. Additionally, you may call Hope Behavioral Health at 1-800-642-4560 ext. 827.

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. 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.