Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, or to schedule your first consultation appointment. I am an in-network provider of Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. If you are not covered by either of these plans, depending on your insurance you might be able to utilize your out-of-network benefits. If that is the case, and if you would like to access your benefits, I will process all the necessary paperwork for you so that you can claim those benefits. I am happy to explain the process if you have any questions about your insurance, and whether or not it may be beneficial to use it in order to finance your treatment.
THE CONSULTATION PROCESS
Before you make the decision to start treatment we will go through a phase called the consultation process. This consists of meeting at least a couple of times in order to address questions and concerns you may have about the treatment. Please take this time to assess whether or not I am a good fit for you. This involves your estimation of my skills, my professional and educational background, how attentive I am in addressing your questions, and – most importantly – whether or not you feel at ease with me. In addition, it is important to see if my office is comfortable for you, and if its location is convenient enough that you are able to maintain a regular schedule without being pressed for time.
During this consultation phase we will also discuss your fees. In my practice, fees are determined by your financial circumstances. In other words, I do not have a set fee for everyone. The fee for your treatment is set by what is appropriate to your individual circumstance, so that you will not experience hardship, and the payment for your treatment will not create a sense of financial burden. However at any given moment if your financial circumstances change, we will discuss it as a part of your treatment. Time and money are two important components of your treatment, so we will be attentive to them during the entirety of our work together. If all of the above issues are discussed and worked through, and if you and I feel we are a good fit, then we can work out a regular schedule. We will then begin our work together.
Psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic sessions are 50 minutes; and 60 minutes for couples therapy sessions. The initial consultation fee is payable by check or cash at our first meeting. Once the regular schedule is offered, the day and time is reserved for you, meaning no one else will take your place in my weekly schedule. For this reason, in case you are unable to attend your regular session, a cancellation fee will be charged. However, I will do my best to find you an alternative time if you are unable to attend your session due to professional or personal obligations.
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