You ask - I answer
Can I use my health insurance to pay for my sessions?
Absolutely. I am in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Blue Choice PPO, United Healthcare / United Behavioral Health, and Cigna. I am also an EAP provider with Employee Resource Systems and part of the ComPsych Managed Care network.
How can I find out whether I have a deductible or what my co-pay will be?
On the back of your insurance card is a 1-800 number for you to call to find these answers. I am also happy to send you a list of questions to use as a reference for when you make that call. Even if I am not in your network, many insurance panels offer excellent out-of-network benefits, so it could behoove you to call regardless.
I'd rather not use my insurance. Will you accept my grandpa's vinyl albums as payment?
Yeah, no. My rate ranges from $90-$150. I also have a few sliding scale spots, based on your need and my availability.
I'm a big fan of Chicago sports teams. Is this a problem?
Although my heart will forever lie with the St. Louis Cardinals a/k/a the best team in baseball, I've lived in this city long enough to (begrudgingly) support all Chicago teams.
How long do the sessions last and how often will we meet?
Typically between 50-55 minutes. It is best to meet at least once a week. I fully recognize that some individuals may only be able to meet twice a month; while for others, it could be helpful to meet twice a week. You and I will discuss your treatment plan during the first or second session, and this plan can be reviewed and modified many times during the course of our work together.
I've seen all these crazy acronyms that therapists use to describe their technique...CBT, DBT, HBO, PMS.... what will you use to therapize me?
One lesson i've learned for certain over the years is that good therapy has less to do with the technique, and lots to do with the quality of the client / therapist relationship. Even if I had been trained by the great Carl Rogers himself, therapy will still be an epic fail if you and I are not a good fit.
Okay, i'm sold! How soon can we meet?
I'm glad you asked! I offer daytime and evening hours M-F, plus Saturday afternoons. After your first session, I will send you a link to my calendar which you can then use to schedule appointments online.