Most people have many questions when they begin the counseling process. If you have a question that is not answered here but that is important to you, please ask! Additionally, remember that counseling is usually a process. So, you are welcome to come in for our initial session together to help you decide whether I am a good fit for what you are looking for.
How long does each counseling session last?
Sessions are typically 50-55 minutes long--whether you are a new client or an existing one. There may be certain circumstances in which we may schedule a longer session, but you & I would discuss this ahead of time and make sure we both felt it would be beneficial.
How much do your sessions cost?
My standard fee for each 55 minute session is $110. At this time, I accept many Anthem & Aetna insurance plans. I am also happy to accept FSA/HSA cards and provide you a receipt should you try to seek reimbursement for "out of network" benefits with other insurance carriers. Fees are typically due at the time of service & are accepted via credit card, FSA/HSA cards, check, or money order.
What happens during the first session?
I like to have new clients fill out their initial forms prior to coming in so that I can have a chance to review them and so that you don't spend time during your first session filling out forms. I really like to spend the bulk of the first session spending the talking about what is most important to you & why you have decided to begin the counseling process. But, we will spend the first few minutes reviewing your forms, highlighting a few of my practice policies, & answering any and all questions you have. You can be exactly how you want to be during the first session--my aim is for you to feel comfortable with me & the process and move as slowly or as quickly as you desire. Everyone is different--and that is okay and to be expected. Usually, we can't "fix" things during that first session, but my hope will be to give you some ideas, reflection, & strategies for you to experiment with after that first session and before your next.
How often do you recommend people come to counseling?
Ultimately, I leave that decision up to my clients--as it is often an individual decision with lots of different factors. My experience tells me that it is most helpful for people to initially begin with weekly or biweekly counseling so they can gain some traction with the process and begin seeing some movement & growth without feeling like they are "starting over" each time they come (which often happens when new clients spread out appointments too far initially). In the end, however, this decision is completely up to you. I also have no requirements as to how many sessions counseling will last. Ultimately, I aim to work myself out of a job--so counseling can lost as long as it feels like it is helpful & beneficial to you. Quite honestly, the length is different for each person. This is something we can discuss together.
Do you offer consultations so that I can see if we are a good fit?
I am happy to provide free 10-15 minute phone conversations, but I am not providing in person consultations at this time. You can also schedule an initial appointment in person to help you figure out if I am a good fit for what you are looking for. You also always have the option to stop coming to counseling at any time once you start.
How do I schedule my appointments?
New clients can schedule their first appointment using the drop down menu under my "scheduling" tab above or you can email me using the contact information below. If you would prefer to schedule your appointment on the phone after we have a chance to talk, we can certainly do that as well. Either way, I will then email you some forms & documents about my practice & policies. Existing clients can access my "Client Portal" feature at any time to schedule/reschedule/cancel appointments & send me secure messages, if needed. That "Client Portal" link can be found under the "scheduling" tab above as well.
Where exactly are you located?
I am located in the heart of Broadripple at 819 E. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220. My office is right near both the Canal that goes through Broadripple as well as the Monon Trail. You can use our parking lot right in front of our building while you are at your appointment. I'm happy to provide you exact directions & where our waiting room is located when you schedule your first appointment.
What days & times do you schedule appointments?
I am currently scheduling appointments Monday-Thursday as early as 9am and as late as 7pm depending on the day. My current availability is found when clicking through to my client portal under the "Scheduling" tab.
Counseling is an investment financially, emotionally, and in regard to your time. It is also a significant investment in you-- your mental health, your well being, your satisfaction with your life, and in your relationships. I realize that navigating this process takes courage and can be difficult to figure out what the best next steps are. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or help you navigate this decision.