FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS ONLINE THERAPY (TELEHEALTH) JUST AS EFFECTIVE AS FACE-TO-FACE THERAPY?
In a nutshell, yes. You can read this helpful article with citations from the American Psychological Association.
That said, telehealth is not for everyone. Some clients simply prefer in-person sessions. Some therapists prefer this too. There are pros and cons of each. We can discuss further in a free initial telehealth consultation. Please visit my contact page to schedule.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN TELEHEALTH THERAPY?
This is a great question! You will need:
a smart phone or computer
a private space for our appointments
headphones if possible
HOW WILL YOU PROTECT MY PRIVACY IF WE HAVE OUR THERAPY SESSIONS OVER THE INTERNET?
Your privacy is very important to me.
I adhere to HIPAA guidelines in my practice. HIPAA is a federal law created to protect sensitive patient health information. You can read more about it on the CDC website. For our video calls, I utilize HIPAA-compliant video call platforms, will always be alone in a room for our appointments, and will wear headphones to assure the utmost privacy on my end.
HOW LONG WILL THERAPY LAST?
Generally, I practice shorter-term therapy – think months, not years. If longer-term therapy is needed we can always discuss and adjust as necessary.
WHY DON’T YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
There is a cost-benefit to using insurance for therapy so I whole-heartedly understand why many people choose this route. The downside is that the insurance companies have some control over your therapy – they require a formal diagnosis to be submitted, have access to your records, and can limit the number of sessions you have. I like to work with you without a third-party involved in our work, which is why I do not accept insurance.
CAN I USE MY HSA OR FSA CARD TO PAY FOR SESSIONS?
Yes, you are able to use HSA or FSA cards to pay for your sessions.
WHAT IS YOUR AVAILABILITY FOR THERAPY SESSIONS?
I cannot guarantee any of these time slots will be available at time of contact, but I generally have weekday, weeknight and limited Saturday availability. Please contact me to set up an initial consultation to discuss further.