Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?

  

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker is a mental health therapist that practices a type of mental health therapy that is strength based in nature. After completing a Master’s degree, the therapist much complete an extensive period of post-graduate supervised work experience, specifically 3000 hours, along with passing of an ASWB approved national test. An LCSW takes into account not only the individual’s emotional and psychological makeup, but also societal and environmental factors that can impact the well-being of a person. 

Do you accept insurance?

  

Yes, I accept Medicare. I do not accept Medicare replacement policies.  I am considered an out-of-network provider for all other insurance carriers.  For those with policies other than Medicare, I collect my fees at the time of service, and should you wish, I will be happy to provide you will a detailed receipt you may submit to your insurance carrier for possible reimbursement, or to be applied to deductible.   

To determine if you have mental health coverage with out of network providers, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Find answers to the following questions: What are my mental health benefits? What is the coverage amount per therapy session? How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider? 

Are services confidential?

 Yes. By law, I am obligated to protect your confidentiality. If you wish for your records to be released to a specific person, I will do so after written permission is obtained by you. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality in which I am mandated to report: Suspected child, dependent, or elder abuse. -If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. -If the client intends to harm himself or herself. I therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures need to be taken.  Please see Notice of Privacy Practices form under 'New Client' tab.  

Do you have someone in your practice who prescribes medication?

  

I am the sole practitioner in my own practice, and I do not prescribe medication. I can provide you with resources for practitioners that prescribe medication if needed. 

How often do I come to therapy sessions?

  

This will be determined by several factors; your level of distress, your motivation, and your availability. This will be discussed during your initial session and a visit schedule can then be established.  

   


What can I expect during a typical appointment? How long will it last?

  

For some, your initial appointment may be the first time you have ever worked with a therapist. I do my very best to make you feel as comfortable as possible in my office. I will never ask you to do or say anything that will make you uncomfortable. Our first session includes completion of minimal paperwork, and then sitting together to determine the destressing issues you wish to resolve. Once this is apparent, together we will develop an effective, agreed upon treatment plan in efforts to resolve the issue(s). Subsequent appointments will include talk therapy in efforts to decrease your destress level and gain insight into how to effectively manage and resolve issues. I may suggest specific readings, give handouts or give homework.  Most appointments last 50-60 minutes.