Frequently Asked Questions
I’m ready to start! What do I do first?
Call me right now to schedule a free consultation to discuss your goals and the relevant services available to support your evolution and growth!
What can I expect during my first appointment?
The first session is an extension of the telephone screening. This is your opportunity to tell me your story—what brought you to this point in your life that you are seeking help, and the details of your unique journey. I will help you figure out what your goals for therapy are and what you are expecting your life to look like when this life transformation has occurred. Don’t worry if you struggle with putting your story into words; I ask questions to facilitate this process. In fact, I often joke about how I ALWAYS have questions!
How often should I come to psychotherapy or other complementary therapies?
This answer varies greatly depending on the person and on your goals. With regards to psychotherapy, it is recommended that people participate in weekly psychotherapy sessions for at least the first 6-8 weeks, and then the frequency of appointments may decrease to biweekly sessions as you begin to see progress and feel better. Sessions will often be reduced to monthly appointments as you become closer to graduating from treatment.
The frequency of complimentary therapies varies greatly depending on the presenting concern, which modality you choose, your body’s response, and your individual preferences. I will discuss a detailed plan that includes recommended services, frequency and goals with you during the initial appointment.
Do I have to lay down on a sofa?
No. I do have a sofa in my office, and it is very comfortable. But unlike the old movie portrayals of psychotherapy, people generally remain seated in my office although I do not mind if you sit, stand, pace or stretch during your therapy sessions. In fact, I generally stand most of the time because it has helped heal my back tremendously from a former injury.
There are so many great services offered. Can I combine any of them or choose more than one?
Absolutely!!!! Many of the complimentary services can be either incorporated into, or used to supplement, psychotherapy services. In fact, meditation training is often incorporated into individual psychotherapy sessions at no additional cost! In addition, parents of the adolescents I see will often participate in parent coaching services. Individual and group psychotherapy services can also be completed together. Feel free to contact me for additional details about how it all works.
What are your office hours?
Appointments are scheduled between 7:30 am and end at 5 pm. I occasionally offer Saturday appointments, but these are in high demand. I frequently complete FMLA paperwork for clients to facilitate them obtaining time off from work for appointments without putting their jobs at risk.
Where is your office located?
My office is conveniently and centrally located in the heart of Saint Petersburg, Florida, at the following address:
2961 1st Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713
Phone: (727) 793-9376
Fax: (866) 479-3677
What are your fees?
Fees for complementary therapies vary based on the type of service provided. Please call for more information.
The fee for the initial psychotherapy intake appointment is $180. This session will last approximately 90 minutes. Subsequent psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes and cost $135.
Psychological testing fees vary based on the type of tests administered, the referral question, and the time spent on the evaluation. An initial intake appointment is included in psychological testing services. Please call to discuss the specifics or your case to obtain additional information about the cost.
Cash, checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and money orders are acceptable forms of payment. Most HSA cards are accepted as well.
Do you accept insurance?
I am currently a preferred out-of-network provider for most insurance plans. I can provide detailed “superbill.” You can then send this statement to your insurance company to obtain a reimbursement in accordance with your specific plan benefits. I am more than happy to help you with this process to make it as easy as possible for you.
I am currently and in-network provider for Tricare and United health insurance plans.
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