Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are your fees?
My fees vary according to the services that are requested. The first initial session is longer than the others and therefore slightly more in cost. This will be discussed in detail during the free phone consultation.
Do you take insurance?
I am not on any insurance panels and am therefore considered an “Out of Network Provider”. Many insurance companies provide out of network benefits to their clients for which in turn they will reimburse a percentage of the counseling fee back to you. That will all be between you and your insurance company. If necessary and upon consent from you, I can provide what is needed to the insurance company so that you can be reimbursed.
What are your hours?
I have day and evening appointments available. I am available to see clients from 10am to 6pm - Mondays through Thursdays - by appointment only. I will do all that I can to coordinate the best time and day for your schedule.
What does it mean to counsel from a Christian orientation and a Biblical foundation?
I do not promote any organized religion or religious denomination and will proceed in session according to the client’s desires. I invite God’s love, grace and power to each client’s session. I know that God can do many things through me that I cannot do in my own strength. I integrate my spiritual world view using the gifts of mercy, faith and exhortation with which He has blessed me. These are shown by what Carl Rogers calls the three key factors that are needed for an effective helping climate; genuineness, unconditional positive regard and empathic understanding.
How long will I be in counseling?
The client and therapist will know it is time to conclude the counseling relationship when the client begins applying the things learned in counseling, meets established therapy goals, and when his/her life is more satisfying. Therapy is most successful when you take what is given to you and apply it outside the therapy office. Your ultimate health depends on you. Life is a journey, not a destination. Likewise, therapy or personal growth is a process, not an event.
What is your theoretical basis for counseling?
I appreciate and use the Albert Ellis’s Rational Emotive Therapy, and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy. Philosopher Epictetus' statement, “men are disturbed not by things, but of the view which they take of them,” captures the major premise of RET. I am a firm believer that what we think determines our feelings, which in turn determine our actions. I also prescribe to the thoughts of William Glasser and the control theory aspect of his Reality Therapy that states "our behavior is our best attempt to control our world to satisfy our wants and needs".
"for as he thinks within himself, so he is"
as adapted from Proverbs 23:7