Frequently Asked Questions
Can I see you alone (and not as a couple)?
I work with couples and individuals in my private practice in Nashua, NH. While I have a unique specialty working with couples, I have been working with individuals for 15 years on issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, confidence, adjustment issues, grief and of course relationship issues.
Do you accept insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider with all insurance companies. That means my clients pay me directly and if they wish to request reimbursement from their insurance company, I will provide the necessary documentation to request reimbursement.
To find out if you will be reimbursed by your insurance company, call the number on your insurance card and ask:
- Do I have out-of-network benefits for mental health services?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- What is your rate of reimbursement?
I accept Health Savings Account debit cards, cash, credit cards and checks.
What are your fees?
Couple and family sessions are 60 minutes long and are $250
Individual sessions are 45 minutes long and are $200
How long does therapy take?
The length of therapy depends on many factors. Some people choose to work with a therapist in an ongoing way for years to receive ongoing support and to continue to create their best life. Others come to therapy in times of crisis and want to end the process as soon as they achieve their goals.
In other words: it’s sort of up to you!
If you’re a couple seeking help, the average amount of time that Emotionally Focused Therapy takes to create lasting changes for couples without histories of trauma is between 12 and 20 sessions (3-6 months). I have worked with many couples, however, who have had histories of trauma and saw dramatic changes fast. Conversely, I have worked with couples who haven’t seen much trauma in their lives and who have stayed with the process longer than 6 months.
While I can’t stamp a definite “completion” date without knowing more about you and your situation, I can assure you of this: the approach I use is active, present-focused and most importantly, gets results. It is short-term in nature and therefore you can be assured that you will not have to spend years in therapy without seeing any progress.
While understanding your background is integral to me doing my best work, we will not spend weeks upon weeks recounting your childhood and dwelling in the past. In my experience, most people start to feel better after a few weeks, with lasting and deeper changes taking longer, but the work I do is focused and designed to get you results.
How Does The “No Surprises Act” Impact My Care?
For people who do not use insurance, health care providers are required to notify each patient of their “Good Faith Estimate” of care. This will be provided to you in your intake paperwork. Below is more information as to what that means, and how to read more information.
Provision of “Good Faith Estimate”
- You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost.
- Under the law, health care providers (including psychologists) need to give patients who do not have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.
- You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services.
- You will be provided with a Good Faith Estimate by your healthcare provider before you schedule a service.
- If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
- For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 800-985-3059
My partner won’t come to couples therapy, can you work with me to help my marriage?
Yes. You’d be surprised how much the system of two people can change by focusing on only half of the couple. I don’t believe we can change ANYONE (only ourselves), but by becoming more aware of the roles we play and the dynamics we continue to perpetuate and by changing those patterns, we have the potential to change our relationships big time. I’ve worked with many individuals on their marriages and have seen great results.
I am struggling with anxiety and it has nothing to do with my relationship. Can you help and do you use any other approach than EFT?
Yes. While emotional awareness is the foundation of the majority of my work, I am ultimately an integrative therapist in that I also utilize approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Schema, Psychodynamic and Narrative Therapy into my work.
I also practice the Emotional Freedom Technique (aka “the other” EFT) which yields rapid results for quick emotional processing and de-escalation.
I work with individuals on issues related to anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, divorce, loss, self-esteem and confidence as well.
Do you work with children?
No. My practice is limited to older teenagers (16+) and up.
I am experiencing domestic violence, can you help?
This is not my speciality and couples therapy is NOT for relationships in which there is intimate partner violence because couples therapy works by helping partners become more vulnerable with each other. This is not safe for violent relationships.
Please visit http://thehotline.org if you are experiencing domestic violence to receive free + confidential support immediately.
Do you do online therapy?
If you live in New York or New Hampshire and do not have access to a therapist you wish to work with nearby, I can work with you online. I use a secure online platform to do that.
Where is your office?
My office is in Nashua, NH off the Broad Street Parkway.
I have another question that you haven’t covered. How can I reach you?
We can then see if it’s a good fit to work together in which case we will schedule an appointment pending availability.