How often and how long will I have to come to therapy?
It is common to wonder upfront how long therapy will last; however, this question is impossible to answer in a definitive way. I typically recommend beginning with weekly sessions, though periods of more or less intensive treatment may be recommended. While some problems may be resolved in a handful of visits, issues that are more complex may involve long-term work lasting months or years.
When do you offer appointments?
I offer appointments on weekdays and have some early morning and evening availability. However, my availability tends to vary, so please contact me to see if we can find a mutually agreeable meeting time.
What is the fee and how do I pay?
I will discuss my fee during the initial phone consultation. I ask for payment in the form of check, cash, or credit card and accept payment at the time of service. I am happy to provide you with a bill detailing the service provided and the total amount paid. Any additional questions you may have can be discussed during your phone consultation or first appointment.
Can I use my health insurance?
I am currently an out-of-network provider. I do not participate directly with insurance companies, with the exception of Georgetown University Student Health Insurance (GUSHI), and am happy to provide you with the necessary documentation if you wish to submit for reimbursement by your insurance company. Many plans, especially PPOs, offer partial benefits for out-of-network services. If you plan on using out-of-network mental health coverage, I will provide you with any assistance to help you receive your entitled benefits. However, you are ultimately responsible for full payment of my fees. It is important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.
Do you prescribe medication?
There are times when medication can be a useful adjunct to psychotherapy. As a clinical psychologist, I cannot prescribe medication. If we determine that medication may be helpful for you, I will refer you to one of several psychiatrists with whom I work closely. Throughout your treatment, your psychiatrist and I will regularly communicate to ensure you are receiving the best care.