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FAQ

Q: How can Therapy Netwon help me?
A:
The goal is to empower you to reach a point (sooner rather than later) where you don't need my help anymore.  The point of therapy is to provide a safe space to explore and process personal experiences and feelings, gain insight into your thoughts and behaviors, and/or develop new coping mechanisms and skills.  You will then be able to better manage your emotions and live a more fulfilling life on your own.

Q:  How long and how often will I meet?

A:  I meet with every new client weekly for the first 2 weeks.  This will establish a rapport between us and allow us to get to know each other more quickly so we can get to the heart of our work together.  After the initial 2 weeks, the cadence is up to you. Many people continue weekly for awhile and then switch to 2x/month, but it is 100% up to you. If you enjoy coming weekly or on some other cadence, you are more than welcome.

Q: Where will we meet?

A: I offer online therapy conducted through a secure, HIPAA compliant platform.  I suggest meeting from a private place where you can feel free to speak and headphones if you have any privacy concerns.  For those local to Newton, MA and surrounding areas, I also offer "walk and talk" therapy or in person locations convenient for both of us.  New babies welcome to join if you are seeing me for postpartum care.  Beginning in June 2024, I also offer office appointments in Newton Center. 

Q: How much will I get reimbursed through my insurance and what is the process?

A: As an out of network provider, I do not accept payment from insurance companies directly, payment must be made up front, by you at the time of session.  Your insurance plan, however, may reimburse you for some portion of your financial investment if you have out-of-network coverage. Here are some questions to ask your insurance company about your out-of-network Behavioral Health Coverage (you can call the member services number on the back of your card):

  • What are my routine behavioral health care benefits?

  • Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor?

  • What is my deductible and have I met it?

  • What amount do you cover for out-of-network providers?

  • What credentials must my therapist have for me to receive reimbursement? (I am an LICSW)

*I am happy to submit your monthly superbills to your insurance for you, as one less thing for you to do. 

Q: Do you prescribe medication?

A: No. I am not a licensed prescriber. I can provide general education around various types of psychopharmacology, but I won't offer you specific recommendations. I will be more than happy to assist you with referrals to psychiatrists and/or psychiatric nurse practitioners in my network, if we decide together this would be an appropriate next step.

Q: Do you see men or couples?

A. While I do see more women than men in my practice, I do have a number of male clients.  I do not work with couples generally, but am happy to refer you to some excellent couple's therapists if needed.

Q: How can I get started?

A: Reach out to me via phone or email (see the "contact" page) or direct scheduling online for a free 15 min. consultation to see if we may be a good fit. If we determine we are, I will send you a "Welcome" email with links to all of the intake paperwork and forms needed before our first meeting. 

Q. How do I know if we are a good fit and what if we aren't?

A. I encourage you to be open about what it is you are looking / hoping for and I will honest about whether I think I can help and have the availability to do so. If not, or if you decide I am not the best fit for you at any point in our work together, I will help you find some referrals who may be a better fit. 

**Due to the limitations of my private, solo practice, I do not see people struggling with high risk for suicide or ongoing self-harm which has required medical treatment. Anyone requiring more than weekly contact who needs greater access than I can provide would not be a good fit at this time.

As a sole practitioner in this practice, I do not have the capacity to immediately respond to crisis situations. I do not take or respond to calls on weekends or past 5pm on weekdays. If you experience a crisis or emergency, call 911, go to your local emergency room, or call the MA statewide Emergency State Program/Mobile Crisis Intervention (ESP/MCI) at 1-877-382-1609.

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