Frequently Asked Questions:
How can therapy help me and how long will it take?
Discussing things that have been bothering you or keeping you stuck is often difficult, BUT it is also liberating. Therapy can be very emotional and sometimes uncomfortable, but it is a process that will ultimately make you feel better and stronger. Therapy is a partnership and we will work together to find the right balance. I will challenge you, but I will not push you into something you aren't ready for, nor will I leave you hanging if something significant comes up that you need to discuss.
I typically recommend weekly therapy sessions for the first 4 to 6 weeks. Then we will routinely discuss your progress and determine what frequency of sessions will work best for you going forward.
My goal is to help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible. Then you are welcome to come back for a "tune up" anytime you like.
What about privacy?
I take your privacy very seriously. This is really important for you to understand, because I cannot help you if you are afraid to be honest with me. At our first visit I will provide an explanation of the very few things that I am required by law to disclose, and we can discuss any fears you may have about those. Additionally, our office location has "TBPS" above the door instead of "Tampa Bay Psychiatric Services". In accordance with regulations we do maintain an encrypted and secure Electronic Health Record that contains your information.
What about insurance?
I accept private pay clients and I am an in-network provider for Cigna, Humana, and SMH EAP.
My primary concern with insurance is that in order for me to get paid by insurance, they force me to give you a mental health diagnosis and provide that diagnosis to them. I want you to know that I am very conservative in diagnosing and seriously consider the diagnosis as these are not erased from your record. Many of my clients are simply going through a rough time, or having a normal response to a horrible situation. This is life!!! I do not believe that seeking help should require a "mental health diagnosis" to receive care; however, when billing insurance it is a requirement.
What if I don't like you?
Sometimes that happens, and it is okay! I will not take it personally. It is, however, important for us to discuss. I may have sparked a memory in you, but it isn't actually about me. It may be about something you are struggling with deep inside. Sometimes I'm not the right personality fit for you. If we find we are not a good match, I can provide you with recommendations to other therapists. What is important to me is that you get help from whomever makes you comfortable.
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