Q: What is your availability?
A: My office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Q: What insurance plans do you accept?
A: I accept Aetna and Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. You are responsible for a co-pay for each session and I submit a claim for the remainder, which is the allowable fee set by your plan. It is important that you check with your insurance company to determine your benefits, including the number of sessions, length of treatment and whether pre-authorization is required.
Q: Can I see you even if you are not a provider within my insurance network?
A: Yes. If you have an insurance plan that I do not accept, I am deemed an "out of network" provider and I will give you a receipt which you can submit to your insurance company. They will then provide partial reimbursement, subject to your individual plan. You, however, are responsible for paying me my full fee, as in the case of private pay (i.e., if you choose not to release any information to your insurance company or do not have any insurance). In special circumstances, or if you have no insurance coverage, I have a sliding fee schedule which I can offer.
Q: How long are the sessions? Frequency?
A: The therapy sessions are 55 minutes long. Occasionally, an extended session is scheduled. Generally, sessions are scheduled weekly, although twice weekly sessions can afford an opportunity to do more intense and productive work together.
Q: How long do I need to be in therapy?
A: The length of treatment varies, depending on the particular problem presented and your engagement in the process. It is important to note that therapy is a collaborative process, and you will be a participant in the decision to end therapy. It is my goal to give you the tools and skills by which you can resolve issues on your own, not to continue in treatment indefinitely.
Q: Who can benefit from my services?
A: Anyone struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, self-esteem, eating disorders and/or problems in their work and personal relationships can benefit from treatment.
Q: What can I expect to get from therapy?
A: Therapy provides a safe environment in which symptom relief and growth can be achieved through self-awareness, exploration and behavioral change. There is also the opportunity to learn stress-reduction techniques to enhance your quality of life.
Q: Are you a member of any professional organizations?
A: Yes, I'm affliliated with the following associations (which also include some links and resources for you to check out):
American Psychological Association
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists -- Human Services Center, including pro bono service to members of community