How do you choose a therapist?
Research has shown that the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship that forms between you and your therapist. It is essential that you choose a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and safe, with whom you feel you can open up and be honest.
I can talk to my friends. Why should I see a therapist?
Friends can be a great resource in our lives, and is VERY important to have them. But friends often aren’t objective; sometimes they are unintentionally judgmental, opinionated and unsupportive. They might want you to do what they want or need according to heir own value system, which some times might confuse you. They could also break your confidentiality creating further problems between you. As a therapist, I offer my knowledge, insights, observations and confidentiality in a way that helps you move from where you are stuck, focusing entirely on your story with objectivity.
Do you offer Sessions Online?
I do, but there are certain ethical regulations I need to follow, these regulations are changing and developing as we speak. Some of them are:
-I can only work with people that live (and physically are) in Washington State (within the US), where I am licensed, and with people that are in certain countries where psychotherapy is not heavily regulated as it is in the US. You can send me an email with your country of origin and I’ll find out if we are legally allowed to work together.
-We use an specific software that is HIPPA compliant, in order to protect your confidentiality. I’ll send you the link when we set up out appointment.
-Most insurance companies don’t yet cover online counseling, but you may want to check with them and get a written authorization from them. Cigna is one of the insurance companies that is ahead in authorizing online counseling.
-If you are paying out of pocket, pre-payment for the session is required each time with a credit card that is saved on my secure portal when you fill out your intake. If you want a 20 minute free consultation before we begin, to check on connection (technological and energetic), send me an email with some available times and we can set up a pre-appointment .
How many sessions do I need?
It depends on your situation. Therapy is NOT a short-term work, so I recommend that you commit to at least 10 sessions in order for you to start seeing results. For some people that is enough, for others it might take a year or more. This is not very much, if you consider how long it took you to get where you are right now, and how much longer you’ll be able to enjoy the results.
How long are the therapy sessions?
They are all 50 minutes, occasionally they extend to 60 minutes.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified me with at least 48 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the therapy as booked. Insurance companies don’t cover late cancellations.
How often should I expect to come in?
People usually start coming in once a week and then as the therapy progresses and things begin to improve we might decide that coming in less often will work. In the beginning once a week visits tend to build up momentum for progress and also help to create the kind of trusting relationship needed for the therapy to be effective. It’s VERY important to be consistent in order to create change.
What are the letters after your name?
MA– Masters of Arts
LMHC– Lisenced Mental Health Counselor
MHP– Mental Health Professional
EMMHP– Ethnic Minority Mental Health Professional
How often do you offer parenting and couples classes?
I offer classes to ready formed groups of 8 or more. Please call to contract a parenting or couples class. I will customize the content to suit the needs of the group.
I don’t speak Spanish, can I still see you?
Absolutely. Spanish is my first language, but my professional training and much of my life is conducted in English. As long as you feel comfortable with my light accent, I’m happy to work with you.
I have a different insurance than the ones you take. Will my insurance cover your service?
Many insurance companies will cover part or all of the costs associated with mental health counseling/therapy. You will be responsible for checking on your policy’s reimbursement rate and deductible. These are the steps to take:
1- Call your insurance company (number in your card) before the first session and ask if your benefits will cover an out of network provider for mental health counseling. Ask what your reimbursement percentage and deductible are.
2- Many insurance companies will direct you to download a form for reimbursement.
3- You will be required to pay for the full price of each session up front.
4- At the end of each, or many sessions I will give you a receipt that has all the information the insurance company needs.
5-Simply follow the directions on the form and mail in the receipt. Depending on the company, I might be allowed to send the receipt directly (claims) for you.
6-Your insurance company will mail you a reimbursement check.
Typically, after you figure out the system, it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes to submit the information for reimbursement, and If I’m allowed to send the claims you wouldn’t need to do anything, but paying up front and receiving a check later on from them.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me.