My practice is located on the fifth floor of the historic Anchorage Building on the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Q Street NW, half a block from the Dupont North Metro Exit. Metered street parking is also available on the surrounding streets. Our sessions will last for 50 minutes. In certain circumstances, arrangements for longer sessions can be made. Typically our sessions are once a week but at times, clients and I will decide to have sessions twice a week. This can be to help someone through a difficult time, to speed up the process of therapy, or to do some more intense work.
We can use our first three sessions to get a sense of how well we work together and whether we feel we are a good fit. During this time, I will help you to identify important themes that provide some potential clarity, direction, and hope for your healing process and symptom improvement. By the end of our third session, we can decide whether we will continue working together or if I should provide you with referrals to another clinician better suited to meet your needs.
Before We Meet
Once we set up an initial appointment, I will send you an email with specific directions to my office, as well as a link to a secure client portal where you can review and sign three electronic forms before we meet. These documents will describe how confidentiality and its limits work within the therapy, how your health information is kept private, and my practice policies including fees and cancellation guidelines, which will constitute our treatment agreement. Feel free to review any of these forms below.
Privacy of Health Information
Practice Policies for Individuals
Practice Policies for Couples
My current fees are as follows:
Individual Consultation and Psychotherapy Sessions: $275
Couples Consultation and Psychotherapy Sessions: $300
Note: There is a transaction fee when paying with credit card.
Insurance and Payment
I am not paneled with any insurance plans and am considered an “out-of-network” provider. This means you pay my fee directly and I can then provide you with a statement of services to enable you to seek reimbursement from your insurance company. Reimbursement rates vary from company to company, but many insurance policies cover a significant portion of fees for sessions with a psychologist that is out of network (anywhere from 40% to 90%).
If you are interested in using your insurance coverage, I encourage you to contact your insurance company and ask the following questions:
Do I have out-of-network behavioral health benefits? Most non-HMO plans provide out-of-network coverage.
How much is my deductible? This is the amount you have to pay out-of-pocket before your insurance coverage starts.
What percentage of the session fees will the insurance company reimburse? When asking this, you may want to double check whether they mean a percentage of the actual fee amount or a percentage of an amount they determine.
How many sessions per calendar year will be covered? Some plans have limits.
In addition, flexible spending plans often accept payments to a clinical psychologist as qualifying expenses.
After you receive this information, I would be happy to discuss any questions you may have. I will provide you with any necessary documentation required for your reimbursement.