Information For New Patients

What happens in psychotherapy?
What happens during (and as a result of) psychotherapy is unique for everyone. For many people, it includes two elements: (1) becoming more curious about and aware of their own thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and desires, and (2) using this awareness to experiment with making new choices and trying different behaviors in everyday life.

When I schedule my first appointment, what will happen next?
Please arrive 15 minutes before the time of our first appointment. This will allow time for Ms. Jenice Cunningham, my practice manager, to welcome and orient you to the building. She will ask you to complete a brief information form as well. If you would prefer to print, review, and complete this form and bring it with you to your first appointment, please feel free to do so.

Our first few meetings – typically between 1 – 3 sessions – serve as an evaluation period. During the evaluation period, we will decide together if I am the best person to provide the services you need at this time. If we conclude that working together is a good fit, we will usually plan to met for a 45-minute session (60-minutes for couples) each week.. If we decide not to work together, I will make recommendations and/or provide referrals to other professionals as needed.

Are your services covered by my insurance?
Payment is due at the time of service and may be rendered using cash, check or the credit/debit card of your choosing. For individual adults, the first session is one hour and is billed at $260. Subsequent appointments are 45 minutes and are billed at $240. Couples/relationship appointments are one hour and are billed at $260. For the adolescent client (ages 13-17), the parent/guardian must be present for the initial appointment, which is 90 minutes and is billed at $300. Subsequent appointments with adolescent clients (whether individual or with family members participating) are 45 minutes and are billed at $240. At the end of each month, I will provide you with a statement containing all information necessary for you to file a claim with your insurance company for “out-of-network” reimbursement, if you choose to do so. Ms. Jenice Cunningham, practice manager, is happy to assist you in filing your insurance claims. I am not currently an “in-network” provider on any insurance plans.