GETTING STARTED – FAQs
How Can I make an Appointment?
I require an initial phone or email conversation with you before scheduling your appointment. That way I can answer any questions you have and you can get a good sense of me. The initial phone call (or Zoom session if you’re outside of the US) is free and you can schedule it one of three ways. You can send me an email with the Contact Form or you can call 954-309-9071 and leave a voice mail. The easiest way is to schedule online:
Do you offer a Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, I offer a free 15 minute phone or Zoom consultation. The easiest way to schedule it is by using the online scheduler. If none of those times work for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 954-309-9071 to arrange a better time. Please note that if there are no times available it means my practice is full and I’m not accepting new clients.
What Kind of Clients do you See?
I welcome individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles. I see mainly adults – Individuals. I will see children from time to time for hypnosis and a specific problem the parent is trying to address, but it’s on a case by case basis.
About Couples Counseling – I no longer do traditional Couples Counseling. I will help you work on your marriage as an individual taking responsibility for your part in things. See my Couple Counseling page for more about this.
How long are sessions?
Individual sessions are 45-90 minutes long unless we agree on longer sessions depending on what we’re doing. Core Healing Hypnosis sessions are much longer sessions, normally 1.5 – 2.5 hours.
Is what I say Confidential?
Because I do not accept insurance, all client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk, disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place. If you are referred by a doctor and I need to coordinate care with them, this is discussed with you directly and a release of information is signed which can be revoked at any time.
What can I expect in the First Session?
Prior to your first session you will fill out some general information and history as well as some questions about what you’re coming in for. I will send this to you through a client portal. During the initial appointment, we will review some of your history and we will have an opportunity to discuss your goals for counseling and/or hypnosis. We will focus on your conflicts and the triggers that at times interfere with your functioning. This will be the beginning of our identifying and changing the negative cycle which stops you living a more fuller life.
If you are coming in for hypnosis, whether it will be done in the first session will be discussed during your telephone consultation.
How Soon Can I expect Results?
The length of therapy depends on the client’s goal for therapy. Some want to get along better with their spouses/partners, some want to heal old wounds. Some are trying to cope with an illness and decrease symptoms. Some are just trying to quit smoking or to eat healthier. All these factors influence how long the counseling will take.
Most clients start with weekly appointments but it depends on what you are coming in for. For example, Smoking Cessation is 1-3 sessions. IBS treatment is every other week sessions. Most clients report improvements in a few sessions. Hypnosis is very effective in a short period of time for prescribed problems. More difficult issues may take longer. In sessions, I tend to be very active and involved.
The best treatment is when we’re a team working together to help you improve your life. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning and see how you do in between sessions.
Payment & Fees
Health Savings Accounts, cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment. Fees vary depending on the service provided and will be discussed when you schedule.
Living a life with decreased symptoms, where you can sleep at night and wake up happy is truly a valuable investment in not just yourself but also your loved ones. Once a problem is solved, the stress and strain on your loved ones also decreases significantly.
The cost of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy depends on the problem being addressed but it’s helpful to see it as a way of investing in yourself. When you consider how hypnosis and psychotherapy could enhance the quality of your life, you see its true value.
Do you Accept Insurance?
My practice is a fee-for-service practice which means I do not accept most insurances. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, I will provide you with a superbill that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Out-of-Network Insurance Reimbursement: I am not in-network with any insurance company. I accept cash, checks, credit cards, and/or Health Savings Accounts for payment. I do provide superbills/receipts so that you can file for reimbursement. You may be eligible for partial reimbursement for behavioral health services. This depends wholly on which company and plan you have so please check with your insurance company before starting treatment if you plan to file for reimbursement.
Some hypnosis sessions are longer than the typical 45-minute session that most insurances reimburse at an out-of-network rate without prior authorization. Some insurances require prior authorization for sessions longer than 45 minutes. Please check with your insurance company if you plan to file for reimbursement.
Whenever you’re choosing to use insurance, please consider the following:
Submitting claims to insurance companies forces the disclosure of a mental health diagnosis which is branded to you forever.
Once that diagnosis is on file, it can be examined when you apply for life or health insurance, and it may be considered when you apply for employment, credit or loans, a security clearance, or other things in the future. If you are ever asked whether you have been treated for a psychiatric problem you will have to answer “Yes,” because your permanent medical records will contain this information. It can be used to deny you or raise your rates on life insurance and/or disability insurance. There have been some cases where your information is considered the property of your employer, who paid for your health insurance, and then they have access to your records.
I value your privacy and prefer not to provide this information for anyone’s use but yours.
When looking for a therapist, ask yourself the following questions:
Does your therapist have the experience and training you need?
Do you think this therapist will understand you?
Do you feel your therapist will have your well being in mind?
I try my best to create a safe and trusting relationship and space where your feelings are heard, you are supported, and you know you matter in the world. I work hard through my blog posts, podcast, videos, and posts in social media to not just inform the community about mental health, hypnosis, and well-being but also so that potential clients can get a sense of me before they call.
Is there a risk-free way to see if we’re a good fit to work together:
Yes. Just follow the link below to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation. I look forward to hearing from you!