What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a process in which a trained professional enters a relationship with a patient for the purpose of helping the patient with symptoms of mental illness, behavioral problems or personal growth. The process involves the patient and therapist sitting in a room talking, which is why it is often called “talk therapy.”

What can I expect in my first session?

  • The beginning of a mutual understanding of the difficulties/issues that brought you to seek therapy
  • A sense of how I work and whether we are a “good match” (this is single most important predictor of successful treatment)
  • A discussion of frequency of therapy appointments, fees and any additional questions you may have.

What can I expect if I come to you for individual psychotherapy?

My approach is an empathic, collaborative exploration of the client’s issues, thoughts, feelings and goals. The relationship between client and therapist becomes a safe environment in which the client is free to explore new behaviors and forms of self-expression. In this atmosphere of warmth and respect, the client discovers new aspects of his or her self and finds strength for growth.

What can we expect if we come to you for marital or couples therapy?

My approach is to meet with the two partners together and to maintain an impartial stance, working to help each person learn to listen respectfully to the other. Once the partners move past blaming and accusing one another, the process can move toward problem solving. As hostility decreases and satisfaction increases, I help couples deepen mutual understanding, affection, and intimacy.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. 

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the Police and/or take reasonable action to help prevent any harm from occurring to anyone.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure his or her safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate or is otherwise not responsive to these efforts, additional measures may need to be taken.

Cost of Psychotherapy?

I am a provider for the following insurance plans:

  • BCBS Indemnity, PPO, and most POS plans
  • Tufts PPO
  • Aetna PPO
  • Cigna PPO
  • Harvard Pilgrim PPO
  • United PPO

Many of my patients pay my fee for services in lieu of using insurance. Some insurance companies sell a variety of products. To be sure you are covered; I recommend you call member services (this can be found on the back of your insurance card) to ask the following questions:

  • What is my deductible?
  • What is my co-payment for mental health services?
  • How many sessions are covered per year or lifetime?
  • Is my coverage different depending on my diagnosis?
  • Do I need pre-authorization for mental health services?
  • Do I need a referral from my primary care physician before I can begin?

If I am not an in-network provider for your insurance company and you would like to seek direct reimbursement for “out-of-network” psychotherapy services, after you pay for treatment, I will provide a document with the information you will need to submit a claim for reimbursement. You’ll need to contact your insurance company to verify your coverage for mental health service and inquire about how to submit your claim. Your insurance company will reimburse you directly. 

Important Considerations

  • Your out-of-pocket medical expenses can be reduced if your employer offers a pre-tax medical “flexible spending account.”
  • Ask your accountant about taking a medical tax deduction for psychotherapy.
  • You may save money with an insurance plan that has a higher premium, but better benefits for out-of-network therapy.

How to Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, you may either call or email me. I check my voicemail and email frequently throughout the day. If you chose to email me and I don’t respond to you within 24 hours, your email may have landed in my spam folder. Please call me if you think that may be the case.