Getting Started

FAQ

What is your current wait time for a first appointment?

Approximately six to eight weeks for those who are at the top of my waitlist.

Do you have a waitlist I can join?

Yes. Please fill out the ‘getting started’ form that corresponds to the correct state and service you are requesting. I strongly encourage those who are seeking care in one of my specializations (Sex, Couples/Partners, LGBTQ) to request being added since so few providers have the training necessary to offer those services.

Do you offer in-person appointments?

While I do have a physical office, I’m not meeting with clients in person at this time. I hope to be able to offer in-person appointments when the pandemic improves.

How long will I be in therapy for?

There are many factors that determine treatment length including complexity of your issue, treatment goals, your engagement with therapy outside of our sessions, the strength of our relationship, and your general willingness to change.

How often do we need to meet?

I encourage clients to commit to weekly sessions while we develop insights and build skills. Once it feels like you’re making significant progress, we can reduce our meeting frequency. I find that if we don’t meet frequently enough, your progress in therapy will be stunted.

How do I get the most out of therapy?

In my experience, clients get the most from therapy when they are committed, reflect on content from the previous session throughout the week, complete therapy assignments, practice skills, and come to session prepared.

What is sex therapy?

Sex therapy is a specialized type of psychotherapy in which sexual issues are treated or resolved. Much like other types of talk therapy, we will discuss your thoughts and relationship patterns. No touch is ever involved in sex therapy.

What does ‘certified sex therapist’ mean? Can’t all therapists treat sexual dysfunction?

The term “sex therapist” is not a protected term; anyone can call themself a sex therapist, even if they have little training. As an AASECT certified sex therapist, I went through rigorous post-graduate school training which includes at least 150 hours of sexual health specific coursework, 300+ hours providing sex therapy under the supervision of a seasoned sex therapist, and 50 hours of clinical consultation. In addition, I annually pursue training to stay current with the newest sexual health research and treatment trends.

Which insurances do you take?

I am in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, and Aetna. I do not participate in-network with insurances in CT.

You don’t participate with my insurance but I have Out-of-Network coverage. How does that work?

Following session, I will collect my fee and provide you with a specialized invoice (superbill) that you can submit to your insurance company. Many insurance companies streamline this process by allowing you to submit it through the insurer’s website or app. The insurance company will then reimburse you for our session.

Do I have to have a diagnosis?

I do not have to diagnose you, however I will not be able to bill your insurance for sessions. Many individuals wish to pursue therapy without being diagnosed for many reasons including: Personal or relationship growth, Concern about sensitive information included in one’s health record, Security clearances or other employment concerns, etc.

I don’t want to use my insurance. Can I opt out of using it?

Of course. I will have you sign an opt-out form if you do not wish to use your insurance.

Can I use my insurance for Couples/Partners counseling?

No. Insurance companies require that I diagnose an individual with a mental illness and provide them with medically necessary treatment. Since I’m treating a relationship instead of a person, nobody gets a diagnosis. Couples/partners counseling isn’t considered medically necessary by your insurance (similar to how they wouldn’t pay for a couples retreat).

Do you have a sliding scale?

Yes, however I have a VERY LIMITED NUMBER of these slots available. Current and former clients are given priority. Marginalized clients are especially encouraged to ask about my sliding scale availability.

Can I use my insurance along with your sliding scale?

No. I’m contractually obligated by your insurance company to collect your copay or deductible. My ability to take your insurance could be jeopardized if I do not collect the fee you are contractually obligated by your insurance company to pay.