Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in therapy?

We will talk about whatever you want to talk about.  But the simple process of talking or “getting it out” is only a very small part of good therapy.  By discussing your concerns, we will work to better understand the causes of what is going wrong, and bring more attention to what is going right.  After about 1-3 sessions, I usually have a pretty good understanding of what the central focus of therapy should be, and at this point we will work together to form a plan of action.  As a psychologist, I cannot and do not prescribe medication and I do not administer any physical treatment, aside from helping you learn to breath more effectively and physically relax on your own.  By talking through problems, we will work together to identify thinking and behavior patterns that lead to, for example, infidelity, a lack of intimacy, marital conflict, or anxiety.  We will then use this knowledge to find more helpful ways of thinking and acting.

Is therapy confidential?

Yes.  Virginia law and the rules of my profession prohibit me from revealing any information about you or what we discuss. Anything you say to me is completely confidential and will never be shared with anyone.  The only exception is if you give me written permission to do so, or to prevent serious danger to yourself or others, although I will not break confidentiality if you are an adult who is currently being abused.  Information is not shared with spouses or other family members without written consent from you.

How much do you charge?

My fee is $140 for a 50-minute session.  This fee covers a full 60 minutes, as it includes 10 additional minutes of preparation and note-taking time.  I spend a considerable amount of time above and beyond this pursuing continuing education, attending professional conferences and trainings, and researching clients’ conditions and how to better treat them. I never charge for both members of a couple. I do not charge an extra fee for the first appointment. I will always work to make therapy as efficient and effective as possible, and I will strive not to waste your time or your money.

Do you accept insurance?

I am in-network with Tricare. If I am out of network with your insurance company, I recommend calling your insurer to find out whether you have any out-of-network benefits. Many companies cover up to 100% of my fee out of network. If you do have out-of-network coverage, I am happy to file those claims for you. I am not in-network with Medicare or Medicaid, and they will not reimburse you for any portion of my fee nor will your supplemental insurance cover my fee.

If I am in your network, and your diagnosis code is covered by your insurer, you will only be responsible for a copay and possibly co-insurance, assuming that your deductible has been met.

How long will therapy take?

This depends on the nature of your concerns and a number of other factors.  Marriage counseling and treatment of problems related to sexuality can range widely in duration as some couples problems are very minor, while others are experiencing very severe, long-standing problems such as those involving repeated infidelity.

Additional Questions

I am always searching for ways to improve my level of service.  If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, please contact me through my contact form.