Frequently Asked Questions
How does counseling help?
When a counseling relationship with me is working well, clients experience new insights into their situations, clearer thinking, a greater sense of inner wealth, increased energy, better understanding of their feelings and needs, release of troubling emotions that have held them back or been confusing, healthier boundaries, more fulfilling relationships and a greater sense of wholeness and peace within themselves.
Are counseling services confidential?
Yes, all client-counselor conversations are private and confidential. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I follow the professional ethical standards of New York State and the National Association of Social Workers. Only in rare exceptions, when the safety of a client or another is at risk and New York State law allows, can disclosure of confidential client-therapist information take place.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a counselor, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child, dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided by law in order to ensure their safety.
What states do you practice in?
Currently, I am licensed to practice in the State of New York. In addition, I am certified to provide Telehealth to residents in the State of Florida (www.floridahealth.org).
Can you prescribe medications?
No, only physicians, psychiatrists, physicians’ assistants and nurse practitioners can prescribe medications in New York. If you already have a relationship with a physician, I would be happy to consult with them.
Do you work with couples and families?
Helping individuals, marriages and families to heal is one of my core passions!
How long does a counseling session take?
Sessions are typically scheduled for 50-80 minutes and most people see me once a week or twice a month for consistent progress to be made. In addition, I also provide individual and marriage intensives for those who would like to work through their challenges in full day, multiple day or weekend sessions.
What should I do prior to the first appointment?
When you and I agree on a scheduled appointment, I will supply you with all the necessary paperwork.
Do I need to practice a faith to benefit from your counseling?
No, clients who come to work with me come from all different backgrounds, religions, cultures, and racial or ethnic groups. Faith and spirituality are an important part of many people’s lives and should be as much a part of counseling as you are comfortable with it, but this will never be pushed on you.
Can I receive Christian Counseling from you?
Yes, I do offer Christian Counseling. If you would like to discuss your faith and your relationship with God in counseling, I welcome that. In addition, I have pastoral care affiliates who can assist you in working through life’s issues and challenges solely from a Biblical perspective. Contact me to see if pastoral care is an appropriate option for you.
What are your fees and insurance policies?
I do NOT accept insurance. However, many insurance plans allow you to be reimbursed for out-of-network counseling services; check with your insurance provider. You can pay for services with a credit card or Health Saving Account and receive a super bill/receipt to submit for reimbursement.
At this time, my standard fees vary depending on the service and session length. Typically, a fifty-minute session is $150.00. Again, please call for discussion so I can help you with information to provide to your insurance company to determine if you can be reimbursed for counseling services.
What is your cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be made Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm with no less than 24 business hours advance notice. Canceling on a weekend or holiday will NOT be considered an appropriate cancellation, as it breaches the 24 business hours advance notice. Same day cancellation of an appointment is NOT acceptable. If you are unable to cancel the appointment within the 24 hour cancellation policy, you will be responsible for the full fee of your session. Repeated late cancellations or missed appointments will be billed at the full fee and may result in termination of treatment. If you “no show” for an appointment, it is my policy to cancel all future scheduled appointments until the past due fees are paid in full. If I do not hear from you within three weeks of a canceled or missed appointment, it is my policy to terminate treatment.
What do I do in the event of an emergency?
If you are experiencing an emergency and cannot reach me (as I do not offer emergency nor 24/7 contact in this practice), please go to your nearest hospital or call 911. Do not wait to connect with me.