Q: How do I go about making an appointment?
Before we schedule anything in-person, I would first invite you to schedule your complimentary 10-minute phone consultation to make sure we would be a good fit. You may do so by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or filling out the form here. If we both feel it's a good fit, I am happy to schedule our first meeting at the conclusion of your phone consultation.
Q: What happens during our first session?
We will discuss this in more depth toward the end of your complimentary 10-minute consultation, but essentially I will take you through a full initial intake to establish an accurate history and understanding of your background. I want to know what factors in your life, from childhood through today, brought you to the point where you felt motivated come to therapy and set specific goals -- which we will begin to set and explore as well. Prior to the end of our initial session, we will also go through mandatory paperwork including confidentiality agreements and standard office policies that will help make sure we both have accurate expectations for the work we are about to embark upon together.
Q: Where are sessions held?
Office visits for individuals and couples are now offered in my new downtown location at 143 Newbury Street, Suite 4, Boston MA 02117. If coming by public transportation this office is located 1 block away from the Copley T-stop on any Green line train, but is also convenient to numerous other MBTA subway, train, and bus routes that converge at Back Bay station or Copley Square. If coming by car, metered street parking may be available, as are 2 parking garages within walking distance. More detailed commute directions can be found here.
Office visits for already established individuals and couples are offered on specific days by appointment at 72 Langley Road, Suite 23, Newton Centre, MA 02459. If coming by public transportation, this office is located directly across the street from the Newton Centre T-stop on the Green line D-Riverside train. If coming by car, metered street parking is typically available, as is a metered parking lot a short walk away. More detailed commute directions can be found here.
Teletherapy (phone or video) sessions as well as home visits for elders are also available, but must be arranged in advance. Please contact me directly by phone at 617-440-4245 or by email at email@example.com for more information if you'd like to schedule either of these services.
Q: How long are sessions?
All office visits, teletherapy sessions, and elder home visits last 45 minutes by default. This is true regardless of your modality -- individual, couples, or elders.
Q: Can we have a longer session?
In the event of extenuating circumstances or matters of urgency, clients do have the option to extend any session regardless of modality. However, this must first be discussed with me and arranged at least 1 week in advance in order to be fair to all of my clients; I reserve the right to decline to extend a session if extending your session will interfere with prior appointments with other clients.
Q: How often can we have sessions?
My preference is to see you weekly to start, and this is how new clients are scheduled by default. Doing so allows us to really dive into what brings you to therapy and build momentum for your goals, which is very difficult to accomplish in the beginning if there is inconsistent engagement in therapy. A lot can happen in a week.
That said, I am mindful of my clients' schedules and understand we all face challenging, busy lives. I want to talk to you about specific conflicts that might make it difficult to attend weekly sessions, and I will do my best to accommodate your needs. As you progress in therapy and achieve your goals, you are likewise welcome to breach the subject and request to taper up or down from therapy as you feel suits your needs. Therapy is not meant to be punitive or punishing, and I welcome open discourse around your scheduling needs at all times.
Q: Can we have more than one session a week?
You may certainly request to schedule a session more than once a week. This may be a more effective option to simply extending a session. However, as with extended sessions, more frequent sessions must be discussed with me and arranged at least 1 week in advance in order to be fair to all of my clients and to ensure there are no conflicts with anyone's schedule.
Q: How much does one session cost?
Standard office-based and teletherapy sessions start at $150, elder visits at $270, and phone check-ins at $80.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
At this time, my practice does not accept insurance. However, if your insurance provides out-of-network (OON) mental health coverage, or if you have a "flex" or Health Savings Account (FSA/HSA), I can provide you a monthly superbill that you may choose to submit to your insurance company or employer for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance provider or employer to determine whether this is something for which you might qualify.
If you would like to try to apply Victim's Compensation, please contact me first to discuss whether this is something I am able to offer. I do not work with EAPs at this time.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
Major credit cards like Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted and preferred. This tends to be the most convenient for everyone, since all clients must have a major credit card on file in case of late cancellations or no-shows. If you would like to apply an FSA/HSA card, this can also be arranged.
Cash, personal check, Zelle, and Venmo are also acceptable forms of payment.
Q: What theoretical orientation(s) or methods do you utilize in session?
I naturally resonate with the Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) framework but consider myself primarily Person-Centered, Multicultural-oriented, and trauma-informed. I have drawn from Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gestalt, Internal Family Systems, solution-focused, expressive arts practices, and more in sessions, and I am unafraid of integrating other eclectic techniques in sessions if doing so would be to your benefit.
If you have a strong preference for a specific type of theoretical orientation or style, I welcome you to voice this briefly during our complimentary 10-minute phone consultation (which you may schedule here) so that we might have a more in-depth conversation around your stylistic needs at our first session in person.
Q: Can you give me advice?
Yes and no.
What I WILL NOT do is "give advice" in the sense of telling you what to do. The goal of a therapist is not to make decisions for you in any area of your life. I believe you are ultimately the expert on what is best for you, whether you realize it or not in any given moment, and any change that you decide to make will be much more permanent with the weight of your conscious acknowledgment and decision-making behind it.
What I WILL do is make observations about what is or isn't working for you, suggest alternate perspectives or tactics to build your coping skill set, and brainstorm with you to accomplish your goals. Very rarely will I be directive, except in cases where present, immediate harm or severe safety risks are imminent. My goal at all times is to work collaboratively with you to identify and make the changes you desire, both in and out of session, in a concrete and lasting way.
Q: I have a question that hasn't been answered here. Can I contact you privately for an answer?
Absolutely! For non-urgent, non-emergency questions or concerns, you are always welcome to reach out by phone at 617-440-4245 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.