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Choosing an effective mental health service provider is like choosing a life partner - chemistry and trust are an essential combination in a successful relationship. Got questions? I’ve got answers! I go above and beyond to act as a safety net for my clients and strive to make their experience as pleasant as possible. Take a look at some answers to the most frequently asked psychology-related questions and requests below. To request an appointment online scroll down to the bottom of the Services/Requests Appointment tab and clink the Request Appointment button.
How long does each therapy session take?
Each individual or couple session is scheduled for one hour; however, we spend the last 10 minutes wrapping up the session, scheduling future sessions and I will answer any last-minute questions. However, since there are no insurance loop holes to worry about you can add up to an additional hour to your sessions, which must be done in advance.
Do you use the same techniques for each client?
No! Therapy is not a one size fits all. There are many modalities of evidence-based practices that I utilize. Sessions are tailor to your unique needs. I enjoy thinking outside the box, so I value clients being open about what they feel is and is not working for them.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Yes! Since we do not bill insurance, we do offer sliding scale fees. Send us an email or call for more information.
Our normal rate for individual therapy is $120 per session and couples and family sessions are $140 per session. We do accept out of network benefits. Group sessions are $20 for individual or $30 per couple. Insurance does not cover group therapy. Group therapy is also online and space is limited.
How do I know therapy is right for me?
Many people consider therapy for months before actually scheduling their first appointment. Telling a therapist the personal story of your life can be overwhelming for some (this is normal). Knowing when you're ready to begin therapy is a very personal choice. However, some signs are: wishing you had someone to talk to, you have already started making changes but are stuck, family and friends are suggesting you talk to someone, you struggle with day-to-day functioning despite your best efforts.
I encourage clients to find a therapist that best fits their personality and needs. Typically, clients and therapist can tell after the first session if the therapeutic relationship will best fit.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance. We want to make sure that services are open to everyone. Insurance companies require a diagnosis to pay your claim and not everyone seeking therapy has a diagnosis. For example, some people are experiencing stress or going through a break-up and insurance companies will not cover services due to stress and ending a relationship. Mental health diagnoses are a permanent part of your medical record and follow you for life.
We will work with you if you do want to use your out of network benefits. We provide a superbill that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Let us know and we will be happy to verify your OON benefits. If you have any further questions please use the Contact Us tab and email us your questions.
Do you offer in-person sessions?
In short, No. Due to being licensed and serving statewide in both Illinois and Florida, we only offer online and telehealth sessions. ECS is excited to announce it will be able to see clients in Wisconsin and Indiana soon. TBA
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I implement effective evidence-based methods to instill hope as clients embark on their self-discovery journey. There's not a one size fits all approach. Therefore, clients can expect treatment to be tailored to their specific needs. My goal is to encourage them to adopt new perspectives leading to new and maybe even unfamiliar feelings towards life situations. It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the client and therapist alike. But in the end, making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.