Frequently Asked Questions
Wondering what all is this counseling stuff means (and how much it costs)? Check out the answers below and feel free to contact me if you have any questions not answered here.
What exactly is counseling or therapy?
This is such a great (and complex) question! And you will hear different explanations thrown around (link to article). Some great, some not so great. In a nutshell, therapy (also called counseling) is focused on identifying deep emotions, triggers to responses or actions, motivation and thought patterns related to behavior, and safely working through traumatic and intense experiences. Therapy requires a licensed mental health therapist (or one in training working under supervision) who is bound by state laws and professional ethics. Treatment requires a plan of care. Therapy can be long-term (lasting years) or short-term (lasting 2-12 sessions).
Am I a good fit for online counseling?
If you have a specific area in your life that is causing stress or needs improvement, then you may be a good fit for counseling. The key to any service like counseling is that it requires your commitment to the process more than anything. If you are willing to do the work, which includes communicating with me if you feel like things aren’t going well, then you will likely see progress. However, there are times when face to face counseling is preferred to online. You can read more about online counseling here.
What are your fees?
My fee for each individual counseling session (online or in person) is $200. This fee includes access to me outside our sessions as well, via secure email/text and phone calls as needed.
My fee for ADHD evaluations is $400 (includes administration of tests, 90 minute assessment/feedback session, evaluation report within one week of session, and one 30 minute phone call for follow up).
My fee for career assessment is $400 (includes administration of tests, 90 minute feedback/planning session, career workbook, and one 30 minute phone call for follow up).
I offer two payment options for text therapy:
- Online messaging throughout the week for $200/month.
- Online messaging throughout the week + one 45 minute video session for $400/month.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance directly because it may sometimes create an awkward situation for you or me. If you choose to have insurance pay for counseling, they require your counselor to give you a mental health diagnosis which becomes part of your health record. Life insurance companies sometimes use this information to deny coverage for individuals at a later time.
While I do not believe that having a mental health diagnosis is anything to be ashamed of, I want clients to be aware of the potential (and sometimes unfortunate) ramifications due to insurance involvement.
My goal is to work with you intensely and short-term, focusing on immediate problem-solving so that you don’t have to invest thousands of dollars in therapy or rely on insurance to pay for your services. If you have a PPO and choose to do so, I can provide you with a receipt so you can get reimbursed by your insurance company.
Please let me know if you are interested in this prior to your first appointment and I can review with you questions you'll want to ask your insurance company ahead of time.
You seem cool but my specific problem isn't outlined on this site. Can we still work together?
Why, thank you! I recommend you set up a free 20 minute consultation so we can talk about your goals and see if I’m the best fit for you. I’ll be honest and if I think someone else can better help you, I’ve got plenty of awesome colleagues in mind for referrals.