Frequently Asked Questions
What is therapy? What can I expect?
Therapy is the process of meeting with a counselor to discuss and find solutions to difficult behaviors, feelings, relationship issues, and beliefs. We will talk about your goals and what they would mean for your life. We will also build a therapeutic relationship that can help you change problematic areas of your life. You can expect to be respected and trusted. You can also expect that I will not be telling you what to do. I will listen and ask thoughtful questions and provide information that may be helpful in the decisions you make in your life.
Who do you work with?
I work with adults who live in Virginia. My specialities are with grief, loss, depression, anxiety and stress, parenting challenges, and military-related problems. I do not work with children.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not accept insurance. I am considered an out-of-network provider. If you have a PPO type insurance plan, I can provide you with a receipt of services so that you can submit for reimbursement. Please be advised that the insurance company will need a diagnosis for reimbursement. Full payment is expected at the beginning of the appointment and a credit card will be kept on file.
What are your ethical standards?
I abide by the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Virginia’s state laws which can be found here: www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling and https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/ethics
How do I schedule?
Just click on the button below and it will take you to the contact page. Fill it out, and I will call you to set up an appointment.
Are our sessions kept confidential?
Yes, generally. The law protects the conversations between counselors and clients. One of the reasons that therapy works is because you can really talk about the things that are hurting you in a safe and confidential environment. Though there are some exceptions:
-Suspected abuse of a vulnerable group such as children, people with disabilities, or elders. Counselors must report this right away to authorities.
-If a client threatens someone else or is a threat to the community, then the counselor is obligated to contact the appropriate authorities.
-If a client intends to harm him/her/themself, then the counselor will work to ensure that the client is safe. This may mean contacting other services.
-Discussing your case with my supervisors. My supervisors are also held to the same confidential standards and ethics.
-Some court proceedings.
-If you request in writing that I break confidentiality.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, I do not. I am not a doctor and cannot prescribe medication. You need to see a primary care physician or psychiatrist for a prescription. Many clients have found that medication works for them and has made a positive difference in their life. I am happy to coordinate care with your doctors.
Where will we meet?
We will either meet online via a secure video platform or in person at 450 W. Broad St, Suite 321, Falls Church, VA 22046.