Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t see the issue that I am experiencing listed on your website; does that mean you don’t work with it?
My clinical training allows me to work with nearly all kinds of human suffering; I encourage you to reach out so we can discuss your circumstances.
Isn’t therapy for people who are *really* suffering with mental illness or in some kind of crisis?
I specialize in helping people improve their mental well-being regardless of their personal history or current level of distress.
What’s the difference between psychotherapy and coaching?
Psychotherapy is traditionally reserved for persons struggling with issues related to mental health or past trauma who feel those things are getting in the way of living a full life. It’s akin to going to a physical therapist to be rehabilitated to your normal level of functioning. Coaching is for anyone who feels they are functioning normally and can identify areas where they want to build specific skills or overcome specific challenges in the here and now. It’s akin to working with a personal trainer to achieve a higher level of functioning and fitness.
Can I use my health insurance to pay for therapy?
Yes; I am an in-network provider for BCBS IL. If you have other health insurance with mental health benefits, your therapy sessions may be reimbursable through your out-of-network benefits. I will provide you with an appropriate receipt for your use in filing an out-of-network claim. Here are some helpful questions to explore when contacting your insurance company to determine your out-of-network benefits prior to making an appointment:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- Will those benefits pay for work with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)?
- How much of the session cost will be reimbursed if I see an out-of-network LCSW?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- Is primary care physician approval required?
Does health insurance pay for skills coaching?
No, even though I am a licensed clinical social worker, when you do coaching with me it is not reimbursed by health insurance.
What is your fee?
A 50-minute psychotherapy session is $130; initial assessment is $150. Coaching sessions are $150 per 60-minutes and you have access to me between sessions by text, email, and phone.
What kind of payment do you accept?
I accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash. Clients with HSA accounts often use those cards to pay for mental health services.
Do you offer video or phone-based sessions?
I do indeed offer these services and am very experienced in running effective sessions via both platforms. Due to the current legislation regarding distance-based therapy, I can only offer teletherapy services to clients in Illinois and Georgia. If this is of interest to you, we can discuss it in more detail and give it a try to see how it works between us. Coaching services can be provided irrespective of where you live. It is important for us to speak beforehand to ensure that you receive the appropriate services. If I determine that you are better served by psychotherapy and you do not live in IL or GA, I try to help you connect with a local therapist who may be able to help.
Do you work with children?
At this time, I do not work directly with children. I specialize in working with persons across the adult life-span. I quite frequently work with adults on issues involving their children.
Are people like me (us) welcome in your practice?
Irrespective of who you love, if you’re religious or not, or to which cultural/ethnic group you belong, as a mindfulness-based practitioner, I practice a stance of being curious and non-judgmental. This means, even if we’re different in some way(s), we can be in this work together.