1. FIRST SESSION: What can I expect during my first counseling session?
In our first session, I will spend some time going through key points highlighted in our service agreement to make sure we both have an understanding of how we can work together considering these terms. The paperwork portion can seem long and tedious but this will help me understand how best to serve you and help you know what to expect from me as your psychotherapist.
The service agreement includes:
• Informed Consent Policy
• Communication policy
• Attendance and Cancellation policy
• Social media policy
• Fees statement
• Insurance statement
• Court policy
• Notice of record keeping
Also at this time, I will also address my experience, educational background, and any further questionsfrom you in our first meeting and any time following
2. DURATION: How long does counseling take?
Allotted Session Time: All sessions begin at the scheduled time and last 50 minutes.
Length of Treatment: Due to the varying nature and severity of problems and the individuality of each patient, your psychotherapist is unable to predict the length of your therapy.
Therapy Process: It is typical to spend approximately 1-3 sessions deciding if we are a good fit and determining your needs. We will identify your goals and revisit these goals throughout our work together, as I find these often change over time. Once we mutually agree that your goals for treatment have been met we will determine an appropriate timeframe for ending our work together. Many clients prefer to do this slowly by reducing the number of sessions and some return periodically during stressful times later in life. Please know this process will be very transparent and we will work together to determine what is best for you.
3. SPECIALITIES AND SERVICES: What are your specialties and services do you provide?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)‑ CBT is a short-term, evidence-based psychotherapy treatment. CBT helps clients identify and evaluate distorted thinking and unhelpful beliefs. The hands-on practical approach involves coping strategies and other techniques to and initiate behavioral change.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)- TF-CBT is a relatively brief psychotherapeutic treatment model for those experiencing clinically significant difficulties related to traumatic life experiences. This components based treatment model incorporate interventions and techniques used in cognitive, behavioral, family therapy, and humanistic principles.
4.INSURANCE/SLIDING SCALE/PAYMENT TYPES: Do you take insurance? Do you offer a sliding scale?
I am an out of network provider for most PPO insurances. This means I can provide you with a monthly statement to present to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. If you have an insurance plan I do not take, please contact me at 708-980-0552 so that we can discuss a fee appropriate for you.
I also offer a sliding scale based on your income. I am a member of the Open Path Collective. Open Path offers discounted therapy fees between $30-$50 per session.
I currently accept cash, check and major credit cards.
5.FEES: What are your fees for counseling/therapy?
50 minute sessions: $115.00;
90 minute session: $175
50 minute session: $130
90 minute session: $190
Prepare-Enrich Assessment Pre-marital/Parenting assessment: $30
6.LOCATION: Where are you located?
We are located in Richton Park, IL. Richton Park is about 30 mile drive from the Chicago area. Richton Park is bordered by Matteson to the north, Park Forest to the east, and University Park and Crete to the south. Other surrounding cities are Chicago Heights, Ford Heights, Olympia Fields, Sauk Village.