FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS?
Yes, for potential clients. I offer a brief 10 minute phone consultation. There is no charge. This is an opportunity to ask questions and assess what working with me may be like.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
I accept BCBS, BCN, Beacon (Value Options/Beaumont), and McLaren.
WHAT IS YOUR NEW CLIENT PROCEDURE?
All new clients will complete the intake forms and the history form via the online health portal after scheduling an intake appointment. A copy of your driver's license and your insurance card (if applicable) will be submitted. Most sessions are 50 minutes. Intake, feedback, and testing sessions may take up to 90 minutes.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO BE IN THERAPY?
The short answer is that it takes as long as it takes. Be mindful that there are many components including your commitment to the process. Some therapy focuses on the here and now which can be short term. Others may be experiencing invasive long term symptomatology that requires more intensive therapy.
DO YOU WORK WITH A SPECIFIC TYPE OF CLIENT?
I specialize in sex therapy and trauma. I also see clients for psychotherapy around all aspects of mental health. My work includes both couples and individuals.
DO YOU WORK WITH LGBTQIA+ CLIENTS?
Yes, I am competent and experienced in work with a diverse population of clients.
DO I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT SEX OR HAVE A SEX ISSUE TO SEE?
No, you do not. Sex is just one of many things that people come to speak with me about.
I HAVE THE PROBLEM. SHOULD I COME ALONE?
Sexual dysfunction typically is specific to one partner, however, the problem generally belongs to both partners. Sex is a team sport, so having your partner participate can be helpful.
CAN SEX THERAPY HELP ME IF I AM SINGLE?
It is not necessary to wait until you are in a partnered relationship to engage in sex therapy. Sexual functioning can impact desire and belonging. Working to help align yourself with your mind and body can be helpful.
WHAT IS COUPLES COUNSELING?
Couples counseling is focused on helping the couple build skills, increase non-violent effective communication, find a higher level of intimate connection, rekindle desire for one another, and requires active participation and commitment. The focus is not blaming either partner for the problem or using therapy as an, "I told you so". The goal is to treat the couple with the understanding that each person has contributed to the current state of being.
WILL THERE BE HOMEWORK?
The answer is yes. Leaving each session there will always be something to process further and think about. For couples or individuals engaging in couples work or sex therapy that may include specific activities. All activities are done in the privacy of your home.
While your consultation or intake is for you to get an idea of what it will be like to work with me and a first attempt at building a rapport, it is also an opportunity for me to assess if I have the competency, training, and/or appropriate skills to meet you where you are and be helpful. This means that I may find you are not ready to work as a couple due to the individual needs you may have, I may not be an appropriate match due to the presenting problem, and so on.
WILL THERAPY "FIX" THE PROBLEM?
Therapy is essentially designed to help you become aware and actively address what is presenting as disruptive in your daily life. Your therapist will help you navigate the journey. While therapy can be helpful it often is very revealing and can be challenging and emotionally charging. While some people come hoping to save a marriage, sometimes they find separation has a healthier answer for them. The answers you get may not always be what you expect and yet people find that if their goal is to be healthier, more allied with themselves or their couple, connected and able to experience peace, harmony, and joy they are able to achieve success in therapy.
WHAT IS THE COVID-19 RESPONSE?
Currently all visits are telehealth. Please inquire about scheduling the face-to-face procedure during COVID-19 pandemic via phone or email.
Office Safety Precautions in Effect During the Pandemic
My office is taking the following precautions to protect our clients and help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
· Office seating in the waiting room and in therapy/testing rooms has been arranged for appropriate physical distancing.
· My staff and I wear masks.
· My staff maintains safe distancing.
· Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is available in the therapy/testing rooms, the waiting room and at the reception counter.
· We schedule appointments at specific intervals to minimize the number of people in the waiting room.
· We ask all patients to wait in their cars or outside until no earlier than 5 minutes before their appointment times.
· All financial transactions are completed using electronic invoices.
· Physical contact is not permitted.
· Tissues and trash bins are easily accessed. Trash is disposed of on a frequent basis.
· Common areas are thoroughly disinfected.