FAQ’S

Is counseling right for me?

If you are struggling with life issues that are interfering with your ability to achieve happiness and reach your goals or if you have symptoms of a mental health diagnosis (whether you have been formerly diagnosed or not), counseling can benefit you.

Are services confidential?

Yes! Unless you sign a release of information, your enrollment in services and all information discussed during sessions are confidential.

What are your rates/what insurance do you accept?

I currently am accepting clients who have the following insurance plans:
 
BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
Caterpillar United HealthCare
         United HealthCare OPTUM
Cigna
ComPsych
HealthLink
Health Alliance
Humana
 
The out-of-pocket rate you will incur, if any, will be dependent upon your insurance coverage. For more detailed cost information, please contact your insurance carrier.
 
If you do not have insurance coverage but would like to pay out of pocket, please contact me for self-pay rates.

How long are your sessions?

Counseling sessions are 1 hour long.

How often do you meet with clients?

I meet with clients once per week for one hour.

What do I do during a crisis or emergency?

If there is a crisis or emergency you should choose the best suited option for your need:
 
Call 9-1-1
Go to your nearest Emergency Department
Call your local Emergency Response Service
 
For a non-life-threatening crisis, we will process your experience during your next scheduled session.

Do you make house calls?

No. All therapeutic services are done at the office where I am able to best ensure your confidentiality and safety.

Are we able to hang out when I am no longer your client?

No. This is considered a dual relationship and goes against the ethical standards of my licensing. In order to maintain appropriate boundaries and protect your confidentiality, a personal relationship is ill-advised and could be potentially harmful to you. As a professional, it is my role to protect the integrity of your therapeutic process and one of the ways in which I do so is by not engaging in dual relationships.

Do I have to have a mental health diagnosis to come to you?

No. Some clients have a hard time adjusting to difficult life situations and can be seen for adjustment related issues. Other clients might fit the criteria for a mental health diagnosis. I am qualified to make mental health diagnoses and treat as such when appropriate.

How long do I need to go to counseling?

Each individual has his/her own need. Some individuals need a few weeks of counseling to boost their abilities to cope with stress while others choose to continue counseling for months or years due to more complex mental health and trauma related disorders. The good thing about counseling is that it is self-guided and so you do not need to comitt to a “time frame” in order to come.

What if I come to you and you are not the right counselor for me?

If I am not the right fit for you, please tell me!! I will help you find a counselor that better fits your wants and needs. This process is about YOU and YOU ALONE. Sometimes, my role in helping people is through a long therapeutic process but sometimes my role is to simply help a person find their way to another professional. Don’t ever hesitate to tell your counselor that they may not be the right fit for you. Competent counselors will be there to empower you to seek out your need.
 
If you come to me with something that is beyond my own competency, I will help you find the right professional for you as well.
 
No matter my role in your journey to happiness, I am happy to help!