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Frequently Asked 

  • How long will my sessions be?
    Following the first session, subsequent sessions will last approximately 50-60 minutes, with longer (and shorter) session times available if determined to be necessary to address your treatment needs.
  • What do I need to do prior to my first session?
    Once you have been scheduled for an intake, you will be provided with intake paperwork that includes all the information you need to know about the practice and procedures. All paperwork is completed online and you will have access to all your documents in the client portal.
  • Will insurance cover my sessions?
    If your insurance policy offers “out-of-network” rates for your sessions you may request that I provide you with a superbill. It is recommended that you contact your insurance company to verify your out-of-network benefits prior to entering into treatment.
  • How often will I meet with my therapist?
    You can expect to meet at least once weekly, at least initially. More frequent (and longer) sessions may be recommended in order to address your treatment needs. As your symptoms start to improve, and you become more confident with your treatment approach, we will meet less frequently in order to give you the opportunity to experience success with implementing your treatment strategies on your own! Our goal is to cut down sessions as quickly as possible and to help you become better equipped to be your own therapist.
  • How long does treatment last?
    This is a very difficult question to answer. It depends on many factors, such as severity of symptoms, time available to devote to treatment, family accommodation of symptoms, life events and other stressors, etc. A fairly realistic expectation of treatment duration is around 16 sessions, with some people moving through treatment more quickly, and others more slowly. Treatment progress can be expedited with more frequent sessions (up to seven days weekly) of longer duration (two or more hours per session). This treatment approach is known as “intensive” treatment, and it is available.
  • Why are you not “in-network” with insurance companies?
    Insurance companies can impose limitations on the type and duration of treatment, and these limitations can adversely affect treatment outcome. For example, many of the treatments offered at The OCD & Anxiety Center for Change are more effective if they can be implemented through multiple sessions per week, and for multiple hours per session; this is referred to as “intensive treatment.” Furthermore, treatment is more effective if treatment can be offered outside of the office setting (e.g., in the home, at school/work, public places, driving). Some insurance companies do not reimburse for intensive treatments or treatment provided outside of the Provider’s office, and as a result, you may not benefit as quickly or as fully in treatment. By not contracting with insurance companies, you and I can make treatment decisions with your best interests in mind, thereby increasing your chances of reaching your treatment goals in a timely manner.
  • Who is involved with treatment?
    I have found that it is very helpful to involve family members and other important support systems in treatment, as oftentimes the environment can accidentally make anxiety and OCD worse. I often meet with parents in order to provide parent training in order to make sure that treatment is being implemented consistently at home, which can greatly speed up the course of treatment. I am also happy to work with psychiatrists, school personnel such as teachers and direct care staff, churches, and other treatment providers.
  • How to get started?
    Before we connect click HERE to tell me a little about yourself and why you are looking for services. If I have a waitlist I will add you to the waitlist to hold your spot. Once I receive your message we can connect and schedule a free 15 minute consultation to see if I might be a good fit for you.
  • What are the costs of treatment?
    The initial 60-minute intake appointment is billed at $240 and subsequent sessions are billed at $200 per 50-minute appointment. Sessions lasting longer (or shorter) than 50 minutes will be pro-rated according to the hourly rate in 5-minute increments. There are options available to help you reduce the costs associated with treatment.
  • What can I expect when we schedule the first appointment?
    Your initial session will last approximately 60 minutes. We will spend some time going over the initial paperwork and making sure you feel comfortable. The remainder of the session will be devoted to you and getting to know one another, discussing your treatment goals, further assessing symptoms, and providing additional information regarding the types of treatments available. When meeting with children or young adults, I find that it is helpful to have parents or family members involved in the initial sessions to provide additional information and learn about treatment planning. Comprehensive assessment and detailed treatment planning are vital to successful treatment and can take up to three sessions to complete.

Have more questions? 

Contact me HERE so I can answer other questions you might have.

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