How often will we meet?

  Appointment scheduling is flexible and is to be negotiated between us. Often times, therapy begins on a weekly   basis as the therapeutic relationship is being established and information is being gathered. As therapy   progresses, we can continue to meet on a weekly basis or less frequently depending upon your needs.

 

  Do you only work with children?


  Although, I specialize in working with children and young adults, I am trained and experienced in working with
  adults as well. Adults are always welcome!


  What is your fee?

 

  My usual and customary fee for service is $70.00 per 45-minute session. I accept cash, checks, and major

  credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express). I do reserve space in my private practice for   those who currently want to work with me but cannot do so on a full fee basis. Please contact me so that we can   discuss a sliding scale fee based on your current income. I am always willing to meet initially by phone or in

  person free of charge to answer questions you may have.

 

  Do you accept health insurance?

 

  I currently accept ComPsych, LifeSynch, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health New England, Beacon Health Strategies,

  BMC, Fallon Community Health, Neighborhood Health Plan, Tricare and Harvard Pilgrim/UBH.

  My network participation is growing on a regular basis so please contact me to learn if I am currently accepting   your insurance.

 

  Are there any disadvantages to using health insurance for counseling?

 

  If you ask a third party to pay for all or part of your child's therapy, they will require that I assign your child a   psychiatric diagnosis for treatment. This diagnosis is for a “mental illness” and while most kids challenges are

  not the result of mental illness, in the realm of health insurance you must be “mentally ill” in order to receive   treatment. A clinical diagnosis can have numerous ramifications.

 

  • Choosing to avoid using health insurance benefits and covering the cost of therapy yourself means your child     does not have to have a psychiatric diagnosis and his/her treatment plan will not be shared and reviewed by such     third party reviewers.

 

  • A psychiatric diagnosis may have to be divulged to future insurance plans and may have an effect on your ability     to qualify for non-group insurance plans.

 

  However, if you insist on filing a claim with your insurance company I can provide you with a receipt for your   records.

 

  What is your cancellation policy?

 

  This time is reserved exclusively for you. No charge will be made for cancellation of an appointment if a 24-hour   notice is given. However, if such notice is not provided, you will charged for the length of the scheduled   appointment.

 

  Can you prescribe medication?

 

  No, I do not have a medical degree to do so. Although, I cannot prescribe medications, I can recommend and   coordinate treatment with providers in the community such as child psychiatrists, psychiatrists, primary care   physicians, and nurse practitioners.

 

  Is therapy confidential?

 

  In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a therapist. Information   is not disclosed without written permission.

  Exceptions include:

 

                    • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse - The therapist is required by law to                       report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

 

                    • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person - The therapist must notify the                       police and inform the intended victim.

 

                    • If a client intends to harm himself or herself - The therapist will make every effort to enlist their                       cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without                       their permission in order to ensure their safety.