How can counseling help me?
Research indicates that counseling and psychotherapy can be helpful for a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, job dissatisfaction, and relationship issues (American Counseling Association, 2015). Counseling can help you:
Develop greater self-awareness or understanding of life’s purpose and goals
Understand and cope with overwhelming emotions
Develop new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Improve social and relationship skills, including patterns of behavior and communication
Find support in making difficult decisions or resolving conflict
Cope with trauma, grief, and loss
Navigate life transitions, including early adulthood, parenthood, career change, and retirement
How do I schedule an appointment?
Please call me at (202) 810-2450 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free initial phone consultation and/or a first appointment. Initial phone consultations typically last 10-15 minutes and provide an opportunity for you to briefly share your reasons for seeking help, and for me to summarize my practice and approach.
What is your fee, and do you accept insurance?
My fees range from $170-185/session. I am an out-of-network provider and do not participate directly with insurance companies (with the exception of Georgetown University Student Health Insurance [GUSHI]). Many insurance plans, particularly PPOs, offer partial benefits for out-of-network mental health services. I will provide you with a monthly statement with all of the information necessary to submit for reimbursement. Please note, however, that payment is due directly to me at the time of session.
If you would like to inquire about coverage for our sessions, I suggest you ask your carrier the following questions:
Does my plan cover mental health services (e.g., individual psychotherapy)?
If so, what percentage of the cost is covered for out-of-network providers?
Is there a session limit? How many sessions are covered per calendar year?
Do you require precertification?
Do I have a deductible? How much is it? Has it been met?
How often will we meet?
Typically, sessions are 50 minutes long and scheduled weekly. Depending on your concerns, I may recommend meeting twice a week for a period of time. Some clients are interested in meeting every other week. I find this type of schedule, particularly at the start of counseling, tends to slow client progress--once we have been working together for a while, however, I am open to discussing scheduling options.
How long does treatment last?
It is difficult to estimate at the outset how long you will need to come to counseling. Sometimes a straightforward behavioral concern can be resolved in six weeks, but more often than not, that seemingly straightforward concern is linked to more complicated issues that warrant deeper exploration. I will continue to check in with you about your progress, in hopes of coming to a mutual agreement about the best time to end. My ultimate goal is for you to feel confident in your ability to move forward in your life on your own.
Do you prescribe medication?
As a licensed professional counselor, I cannot prescribe medication. I am, however, trained to identify situations in which medication may be indicated. If, in the course of our work together, we decide that medication is a worthwhile option for you, I will help you find a psychiatrist in the area to join your treatment team.
What is a licensed professional counselor?
“Licensed counselors have a master's or a doctoral degree in counseling or a related area and complete two years of supervised practice. In most States, they are licensed as independent providers of mental health services, including the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional issues, and use a variety of therapeutic techniques.” --Psychology Today