Here are some commonly asked questions I receive from prospective and current clients.
Who needs therapy?
In my opinion, anyone can benefit from therapy. While popular culture may have us believing that therapy is all white coats and straight jackets, most people who seek out counseling are average individuals struggling with everyday problems. Just like physical health, mental health can range from the mild to the serious. If you are wondering if therapy might be right for you, the best way to find out is to visit a therapist and get a sense of what you need and what they can offer.
Can therapists prescribe medication?
Masters-level clinicians (such as someone with an MA in counseling, an MFT, or an MSW), cannot prescribe medication. Only a doctor or a nurse, such as a psychiatric ARNP, can prescribe medication.
How long does it take?
This really depends on the client and the presenting problem. Sometimes, clients may be able to work through a challenging issue in a matter of months. Other times, clients may continue in therapy for years as a way to maintain stability. Each client is unique and each treatment plan should be tailored to that client’s own needs, including length of therapy.
How much does it cost?
This can be tricky to answer because it largely depends on if a person is insured and what coverage their individual plan offers. Clients who are insured may have a deductible (a certain dollar amount that must be met before insurance will cover medical costs) or a copay (a set amount that a client pays for every service) or coinsurance (a percentage of the medical cost owed by the client) or a combination. The best way to determine what your own personal cost will be is to contact your own insurance provider directly. These days, as a result of insurance parity laws, the majority of providers do cover mental health treatment and most plans do not limit the number of sessions that a person may attend.
I am currently in-network with Regence/BCBS, Premera/BCBS, United Healthcare/Optum Behavioral Health, and Wellspring EAP. I am happy to bill out of network for clients with other insurance providers. If you are unsure if your insurance is a provider I accept, please ask!
For clients paying out of pocket, my rates begin at $125 per session. I do offer a sliding scale and am happy to work with individual clients to provide accessible and affordable care.
A Note About Telehealth
At this time, my practice is 100% remote. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most insurers now fully cover telehealth. Please check your policy for more specific details about telehealth coverage.
More questions? Please contact me! I’m happy to answer anything not covered here.