Q1. How can I schedule an appointment?
A1. See Contact Me for information. I can be reached at (207) 807-8911 and will return phone calls primarily during daytime hours. Please make sure to leave your name and a phone number where you can be easily reached during the daytime.
Q2. Do you take insurance?
A2. Yes, I am a provider on many local insurance panels such as BC/BS,
Magellan, Cigna, MVP, Aetna, VHAP, etc. as well as several company EAP programs. Make sure to contact your insurance company to see if your benefits include counseling, if I am listed as an “in-network” provider, or if you have an option for out-of-network services.
Q3. What is the self-pay charge for therapy?
A3. I charge $120.00 per session (typically 50 minutes) for individual therapy and $150.00 per session for couples or families. Therapy may also be scheduled for an extended session as needed on a prorated basis. I do have a limited number of sliding scale slots for individuals; feelfree to ask if you qualify for one of these. Clients may choose a private pay option if preferred initially or switch to self-pay when EAP or insurance benefits have run out. Fees which are generally not covered by insurance include travel time to meet with a student at school or alternative location and charges for sessions which are missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
Q4. What happens once we schedule an appointment?
A4. I will ask you to bring an insurance card or a photocopy of both sides of your card with you if you are using insurance. There will be a short form to fill out, HIPPA information on confidentiality, and we will talk about your specific situation and what you’d like help with in therapy.
We will each have a chance to ask questions and see what you’ve tried in the past, what has been helpful and what has not. By the end of the first session, we will both know if we would like to move forward with a plan for counseling.
Q5. What are your hours?
A5. I schedule regular appointments weekdays between 9-4PM with flexibility for scheduling during lunchtime or early mornings. I also have limited availability during early evening hours. Check with me if you have time restrictions to see if there are times available to fit your schedule.
Q6. How long does therapy take?
A6. This is highly individual, as it depends on your specific circumstances, struggles and wishes. Clients who need specific short term help through a crisis may benefit tremendously from as few as 4-6 sessions; others who are looking to heal from abuse, improve mood and functioning may benefit from counseling support for several months or longer. You will have the ability at all times to fine tune your goals and redirect the course of your therapy to meet your specific timeframes and needs.