FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
You can leave a confidential voicemail at (202)558-6800. I check my voicemail several times a day on weekdays and at least once per day on weekends and holidays. I try to return calls within 24 hours or the next business day for calls left over the weekend. If you prefer, you can also contact me by email. However, as security and prompt delivery of email cannot be guaranteed, please do not include sensitive clinical information and never use email in an emergency.
+ CAN I USE MY HEALTH INSURANCE?
I am not a participating provider on any insurance panels. However, many health insurance plans will reimburse for some portion of the "out-of-network" outpatient psychotherapy fee. If you plan to use "out-of-network" mental health coverage, I will fill out any necessary forms and provide any assistance to help you receive your entitled benefits. However, you (and not your insurance provider) are ultimately responsible for full payment of my fees. It is very important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers.
+ HOW LONG ARE SESSIONS?
Both individual and couples sessions are 45 minutes in length. Group psychotherapy sessions are typically 75 minutes.
+ WHAT IS THE FEE & HOW DO I PAY
I will discuss my fees during the initial phone conversation. I require payment at the time of service by cash or check. At the end of each session, I will provide you with a bill detailing the service provided and the total amount paid. If this billing arrangement is not feasible, I will work with you to see if an agreeable arrangement can be reached.
+ WHAT TIME OF THE DAY OF APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE?
I offer both daytime and evening appointments during the business week. However, my schedule changes regularly and availability varies. Please contact me to see if we can find a mutually agreeable meeting time.
+ HOW OFTEN & HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO COME TO THERAPY?
Although people often want to know upfront how long therapy will last, this question is impossible to answer definitively. Some problems can be resolved in 5 or 6 visits. However, issues that are more complicated may involve long-term work lasting months or years. I usually recommend beginning with weekly sessions, though periods of more intensive treatment may be recommended.
+ WHAT IS GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Group psychotherapy, like individual psychotherapy, is intended to help people who would like to improve their lives and relationships. Group therapy focuses on interpersonal interactions and encourages group members to challenge themselves to deepen the meaning of these interactions. It is through the relationships you make in group, and how you understand those relationships, that you will develop and grow.
+ WHAT DO THE LETTERS "CPG" AFTER YOUR NAME MEAN?
The National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists certifies group therapists by the designation "CGP". In order to receive this designation, therapists must receive specialized training in group therapy and have extensive supervised group psychotherapy experience.