Areas of Specialization
We specialize in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, family dynamics, all relationship and communication issues.
We provide insight into family of origin issues and its effect on current interpersonal interactions and behaviors.
We assist military families during times of deployment, and with assimilation as families are reunited.
We provide strategies for the challenges of post-traumatic stress to help you regain control over your life.
Benefits of Choosing Telehealth
- Visiting virtually can address health issues wherever patients are, even from the comfort of your home, simply using their laptop, cellphone, or tablet.
- Limiting physical contact reduces everyone’s exposure to COVID-19, the common cold virus, the common flu virus, and all other communicable viruses.
- Non-Ambulatory patients, patients considered high-risk, and parents with high-risk or special needs children, patients with severe depression or anxiety, have agoraphobia, or that are legally blind, can receive virtual physical healthcare and mental health treatment, without needing to schedule and wait for a courtesy van.
- Staying at home reduces traffic, commute time, traveling in inclement weather, time off from work, and the need for childcare.
- Using virtual physical health care tools as well as virtual mental healthcare tools, can shorten wait times to see a provider and expand the range of access to specialists who live further away.
- Telehealth is not a perfect fit for everyone, or for every medical condition, or for every mental health condition. Please make sure you discuss the advantages, the challenges, or the risk factors with your doctor or mental health specialist.
Fee for Service Provider
The Benefit to Not Using Your Insurance for Mental Health Treatment: There are several benefits to leaving insurance out of therapy. Using insurance means submitting a diagnosis, which may impact future insurance coverages including; life insurances and/or disability insurances, as well as future health insurances.
Many seasoned and highly experienced therapists will not work with insurances companies because providers pay very low, it is generally an additional stress (and job) to deal with the associated paperwork, phone calls, and business-related conflicts. High deductibles are almost always required, therefore you are paying fully out of pocket for months before your insurance coverage even kicks in. Is it worthwhile to choose a random therapist from an insurance list when you’re going to have to pay out of pocket anyway? This is also complicated by high copays. People can go from paying fully out of pocket to high copays that almost makes using the insurance worthless. If you switch jobs, or if your job switches insurance plans, you may lose your coverage for a particular provider after an intimate and safe therapeutic relationship has been established, finding yourself having to start over with a new therapist.
This is a partial list. But suffice it to say that dealing with insurance as part of therapy adds complications across the board with who you can see, how long your therapy will be covered, how much will be covered, going back and forth from being covered to not being covered (deductibles), confidentiality, and more. It essentially takes the therapy out of your control and puts it in the hands of the insurance company. While this may be fine for some types of medical care, psychotherapy is an incredibly close and personal relationship. It’s a significant risk to put this type of relationship in the hands of an insurance company, who from day one to the next, would like nothing more than to stop spending money covering your treatment.
The best way to avoid all of this is to consider making the investment to pay for your therapy out of pocket. If you’re paying out of pocket, there is no dealing with filing claims, managing allowed amounts, tracking deductibles, coinsurances, limits, etc. You choose your provider, and you have your therapy. Clean and easy.
My clients have acknowledged that it’s increased their sense of empowerment to see that they can invest in their personal growth, emotional healing, increased personal independence, receive complete confidentiality, and being the master of their own self-care. We hope you understand and look forward to working with you.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a therapist and information cannot be disclosed without written permission except under the following circumstances:
- Suspected child abuse, dependent adult or elder abuse, which is required by law to be reported to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- Threats of serious bodily harm to another person/s. The police and the intended victim must be notified.
- Threats of harm to self. Threats of harm to self will result in every effort being made to ensure safety. If this cannot be accomplished, further measures will be taken without permission, which are required by law to ensure safety.