Insurance & Telehealth
Please call or email me to set up an appointment or ask any questions about my services.
The first appointment is a time for you to share about what issues you want to work on, your overall intentions and or specific goals, and any questions you may have about counseling and our work together.
I will share with you how we might work on issues and goals discussed, focusing on applicable techniques as well as overall approach. I may also get a sense of how long counseling might take. Generally, I start seeing people once weekly, moving to bi-weekly as needed.
Download Clinical Forms:
Though I have forms online for your preview, my practice is now paperless. All of my documents and signed and maintained in a HIPPA compliant and secure format.
If you are using health insurance it is best to call your insurance company in advance. Here are some of the questions that are good to inquire about for your coverage.
Do you need a referral?
Do you have a deductible and how much is already met?
Do you have a co-pay?
How many outpatient mental health sessions are covered?
If out-of-network, does your insurance have an out-of-network policy?
What is your out-of-network deductible?
What percentage of an out of network fee do they cover.
Telehealth and Privacy
I use a video platform that meets HIPPA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) guidelines for privacy. Even though I take precautions for your privacy and security, each person is best to consider the privacy of their own settings. Consider the privacy not only of your technology, but also of your own setting for the session. Are you easily overheard, or will you be easily interrupted? Will your safety be at risk if you are overheard? TeleHealth works best when there is an ease of processing thoughts and feelings.
Preparing for your Online Session
Prior to each meeting, check your internet connectivity to minimize glitches. Use a browser such as Chrome, or Safari and consider using a computer when possible. Adjust your lighting so you may be easily seen. Sitting in front of a window or light source directed on your face works best. This helps my ability to see and connect with you.
Set a place and time where you have a few minutes to mentally prepare for your session before we meet, as well as having a few minutes to transition after session. Allowing time before and after creates space to both reflect and integrate what arises in session. Sometimes it is a good idea to jot down a few things that struck you after your session. Managing transitions can also be part of selfcare and honoring emotional processing needs.