Answers to Commonly Asked Questions


Q. What’s the best way to schedule an appointment?

A. You may call or send an email. If you call and are sent to voicemail, simply leave your name and number. Your call will be returned promptly. (Please note that my email program employs encryption technology via an ssl socket, but you should be aware that email confidentiality has limitations, thus confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.)

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Q. What happens during our first session?

A. The first session focuses on the particular situation or problem that brings you to therapy. In addition, some background information will be gathered, which will help me understand the context of your situation and aid in determining our focus and direction. Matters of fee, payment options, and scheduling will also be worked out in the first session.

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Q. How long is a session?

A. A typical session is 50 minutes. A couple’s session may be 50 minutes or 75 minutes, depending on the particular situation.

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Q. How often do we meet?

A. Weekly sessions are most common. Sometimes more sessions are needed. Fewer sessions may be appropriate when we are nearing the end of our work together. The latest research confirms that consistent, regular sessions increase the success of therapy.

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Q. Are sessions confidential?

A. You are protected by the privacy laws of Illinois as well as the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession. As your therapist, I cannot discuss anything about you with anyone without your written permission, unless it is a question of safety. During the first session you will be provided with what is commonly referred to as an Informed Consent Form. You will also be provided information regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (hipaa). These documents and our discussion will clarify the bounds and limits of confidentiality.

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Q. Do you have times available other than week days?

A. Yes. Evening and weekend appointments are available.

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Q. How much is your fee and do you take insurance?

A. The fee will depend on the services you request. You can learn more about fees, use of insurance, and sliding scale possibilities under Counseling Services.

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Q. Will I need medication?

A. For many, medication is not needed. However, there are times when it may be helpful. I can help you determine whether or not an evaluation from a doctor would be beneficial. If you decide to have an evaluation, we can then discuss your doctor’s recommendation together. If you don’t have a doctor, I can provide you with a referral.

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“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”
M. Scott Peck