Do you provide teletherapy?
Yes, I am fully equipped to provide teletherapy, including during evenings and weekends.
Are we required to met in person to start therapy?
No. Given the rapidly changing recommendations regarding increasing our community's emergency response to the Corona virus outbreak, I am currently not meeting in person with my clients. I am more than happy to have a phone consultation before starting, and will give you access to my portal to allow you to review all the required consent forms electronically prior to starting teletherapy.
What happens during the first video session?
Video sessions are scheduled and last 50 min, just as regular in person sessions. You will need to have a computer, phone or tablet with a fast and secure wifi connection, as well as find an environment that allows you to have some privacy during the session. Our first session will be focused on evaluation and hearing your concerns. I will give you space to talk about what you find relevant and will ask you questions to assess the issues that are bringing you in, and that are clinically important. The focus will depend on your concerns, and on what you are comfortable sharing. I will respect your process and your pace in whatever you are disclosing. I will also reflect on what i've heard and give you my feedback about my impressions and how to proceed. We would then agree on goals that we want to work on together. The evaluation can take a few sessions, and can be integrated with intervention along the way.
Do you offer family sessions?
Yes. If desired, sessions with family or with significant others are offered as part of treatment.
Does therapy help?
As my clients would tell you, it really does! It is a privilege to be part of people's lives in such an intimate way, and to assist them in dealing with their own concerns. The changes that people make can have quite an impact in their well-being, relationships, and ability to live a full live.
Are you able to provide therapy in any other languages besides English?
Yes, I am fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and am able to provide therapy in either of those languages.
What are your fees?
If you are interested in seeing me for therapy, feel free to get in touch with me through my contact form, or by giving me a call. I am happy to discuss my fees with you over the phone prior to your appointment, and to answer any questions you may have.
Do you take insurance?
I am not in network with any insurance plans. However, most PPO plans will cover a percentage of my services out-of-network. I am happy to provide you with a receipt (called a 'super bill') for you to submit to your insurance for potential out-of-network coverage. Please check with your insurance company to see what their out of network coverage is under your plan, as it varies widely among insurance plans.
How often would I need to come in?
Session frequency varies, and it would be something that we would discuss on our first session. It will depend on what your needs are, your availability, and the type of treatment that we engage in. I provide mostly weekly therapy, and many people find that it usually works well in terms of treatment progress. I am also able to provide therapy twice a week for people that feel that they are dealing with high levels of distress, crisis, or severe conditions (for example; losses, severe OCD, anxiety), or because they want to work intensively on their issues. This is something that we will certainly discuss in our first session in order to make an agreement that you feel comfortable with.