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    Do you take insurance?

    I am in in-network with a number of insurances, including Aetna, United Health Care, Fidelis, Cigna, and CDPHP. I can also provided a special receipt, called a superbill, if your insurance accepts out of network benefits or submit an out of network claim directly to your insurance company, if you’d prefer. Not all services are covered by all insurances, such as couples’ counseling.  Insurances do require a medical diagnosis be assigned. It is your responsibility to verify your health insurance benefits before your first appointment. If you decide to pay out of pocket, I will provide you with a good faith estimate regarding potential cost of treatment.

    Will insurance pay for couples or marital counseling?

    The unfortunate answer is, not always.  Most insurance companies pay for therapy to treat mental disorders and require services provided to be “medically necessary”.  This means that therapy will only be covered to treat a disease, illness, or condition that impacts one’s health on a day-to-day basis. When working with couples, I am not typically treating a mental health disorder with an identified patient, unless the sole focus of treatment is assisting a partner who is suffering from a mental health disorder. Usually this is not the case and the couple’s treatment goal is to enhance, save, or restore a relationship and not to treat one partner’s mental health condition.  If the therapy focuses on treating Couples Issues rather than Individual Issues, I cannot bill your insurance company and you will be paying out of pocket for this service.

    Where will our appointments take place?

    Good question! I provide both in-person sessions at my office (located at 248 Main Street Oneida, NY 13421 Room 210) or telehealth sessions via a HIPAA compliant platform.

    I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

    What is Sex Therapy, anyways?

    According to AASECT, Sex Therapy is a subspecialty of psychotherapy focusing on the specific concerns related to human sexuality.  In the assessment phase, an extensive sexual history will be gathered.  After this, a treatment plan will be proposed.  In some situations, I may ask permission to collaborate with your medical providers.  Treatment might involve education about various aspects of sex, cognitive behavioral therapy to address unhelpful thoughts, communication skill building, homework exercises, etc. In no instances and under no circumstances will I observe a client having sex nor will I engage in any kind of sexual activity with a client in or outside of the office.

    Why can’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

    How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

    How long will it take?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.