Common Questions About Therapy

  • How long does therapy last?

The length of therapy will depend on you and what you want to work on.  The first session is used to assess what you would like to work on and to determine approximately how long it may take to reach your goals.  The length of therapy can vary depending on the goals you identify and the type of therapy you engage in.

  • How do I pay for therapy?

I currently accept payment by cash, check and/or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) and can bill Medicaid/HUSKY, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Optum (Connecticare/Oxford), TRICARE and Healthy CT for those covered by these insurance. I do offer a sliding scale fee agreement options based on your household income; specific payment options can be discussed in session.  Payment is due at the time of service.

  • Is what I discuss in therapy confidential?

Confidentiality is a respected part of the social worker’s code of ethics. Privacy is an important part of helping people feel comfortable sharing personal information and in developing a therapeutic relationship.  There are laws in place to help protect your privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) creates national standards for protecting your personal health information which includes mental health records.  For more specific information regarding my privacy policies and procedures you can  review my Notice of Privacy Practices.

  • What will happen at my first session?

During your first session I will provide you with information regarding my practice and psychotherapy services in general.  Initial information is gathered so that we can work together to develop a better understanding of why you have decided to come to therapy and to identify clear goals for our work together.

 

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