Is online therapy less effective? Are there down sides to online therapy?

Studies indicate that online therapy is just as effective as in person therapy. 

While there are many conveniences of online therapy, there are some factors to consider that can be frustrating if experienced. In dealing with internet, there might be times where one of our connections is not clear. During the beginning of our work, we would plan for how to address that, such as we might decide to switch to telephone. Also, when having an online appointment, you will need to find a quiet and confidential spot where you will not be disturbed for 50 minutes. 

Do you accept insurance?

I am currently a provider for Anthem. I do not accept any other insurance but will send a claim for you if you have Out of Network benefits that cover tele-health. 

You may use your PPO benefits but it is your responsibility to ensure services are covered.  For those who choose to use PPO benefits, cost of service must be paid in the beginning of session. Once a month I will as courtesy send your super-bill  

Please note, all plans do not cover tele-health. 

To find out, you will need to call member services and find out if they cover behavioral health/mental health services, and whether your plan covers tele-health. 

How do I pay you?

I use Ivy Pay, which is a secure credit card processing system for therapists. Once we schedule our intake, you will receive a link on your cell phone at which point you will be asked to store a credit card.  At the beginning of the session I will bill your card. 

What can I expect from the first session?

The first session is an intake. It is a session for gathering information, history, symptoms you are experiencing, onset, and anything relevant to the reason you are in therapy. 

How long will therapy take?

Depends on what you are coming to see me for. However, typically people are in therapy with me for 12 weeks to 6 months. I usually begin with weekly sessions and when appropriate switch to bi-weekly. Some choose to continue longer term therapy by scheduling as needed appointments once every few weeks. 

Is what we talk about confidential?

*I have a legal and ethical responsibility to report suspected past or present child or elder adult abuse (verbal or physical) and/or neglect 

*I also have a legal and ethical responsibility to break confidentiality in the event I believe you are in danger of harming yourself, or you’ve threated to harm another person or property.

*I keep minimal information on my documentation (that I am legally mandated to maintain). Information on my notes include name, date and time of service, diagnostic information and symptoms. Should you require further confidentiality due to high profile status, please contact me to discuss what that would look like. 

*If you request a superbill, those companies all require access to your health-related data, in particular, your diagnosis for verify medical necessity.