It is my goal to answer all of your questions as thoroughly as possible. To get started, read through my answers to some of the questions people most frequently ask about the counseling process, and if you have other questions, please contact me.
- What is counseling like? The first session is a time for us to review your intake forms and get to know each other to gauge whether we’ll be a good fit for this part of your journey. Every session thereafter is unique and will revolve around your goals. Sessions are typically once a week and about an hour long. It will also be important to work toward your goals between sessions to maximize your efforts. Everyone’s counseling journey is different, and each client gets to determine the best fit for them. There are a lot of wonderful counselors to choose from, and I’d be happy to offer you referrals for other clinicians who might be a better fit!
- What is your fee and do you accept my insurance? I’m currently credentialed with Highmark, UPMC, United/Optum, and CIGNA. I also offer out-of-network services (such as Aetna) as covered under your individual plan. Questions about what your specific plan covers (as well as copay fees) should be directed to customer service by calling the number on the back of your insurance card. My average out-of-pocket fee is $110 per session.
- What is your theoretical approach? My goal is to meet all of my clients where they are. Some sessions may be more talk-heavy to process a sudden crisis. Other sessions may be focused on CBT, DBT, or ACT strategies. I do family systems history work (genograms) with all clients. Our work together will depend on your unique goals and desires.
- What are your qualifications? I call this the “alphabet soup” after my name: degree, licensure, certification. I earned a Masters in Counseling from Geneva College. I am licensed by Pennsylvania’s Board. I’m a national board certified counselor. I was invited into the Chi Sigma Iota honor society for counselors, and I’ve been recognized by Steel City Vets for my work with that population in our area.