Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
For many reasons, I DO NOT accept insurance. You may see me listed on an insurance panel's website because I used to work for a company that required me to be on insurance panels, but visits to my private practice are NOT covered by insurance. I apologize for any inconvenience--I have been working on being removed from those directories, but it is taking a little while. You can try to file for out-of-network benefits if your insurance plan offers that option. I cannot guarantee reimbursement, of course.
Don't be discouraged--with my sliding scale options, sessions are often the same or even at times less than they might be if you used your insurance, especially if you have a high deductible and high specialist copays. You can try filing for reimbursement for me as an out-of-network provider with your insurance company if they offer coverage for that, and I can provide you the paperwork that you then submit to your insurance. Do be aware that you’ll have to pay for your sessions up front, and it may take a lot of time and effort to get reimbursed. Many plans don’t have out-of-network coverage, so check carefully. If you really need insurance to pay for your sessions, you would probably be better off seeing a therapist who is in-network with your insurance.
Also, if you use your insurance, you will have to be given a diagnosis and it will likely become part of your record with the insurance companies, along with other personal information, and it could be considered a pre-existing condition in the future. Insurance companies dictate how many sessions you are allowed and how often you can go to therapy, and at times they will refuse to cover therapy sessions at all. By not accepting insurance, I can keep your information more private and spend more time focusing on you rather than on phone calls and paperwork, allowing me to offer lower rates to you and all my clients.
What about Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA)?
I happily accept FSA and HSA cards or can provide you the itemized receipts for you to file for reimbursement.
HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH MY SESSIONS WILL COST?
My sliding scale works on an honor system. Two people with the exact same income may have very different expenses, so I don't have any charts or formulas to determine your session rate. I don't require any proof of income. You get to decide what is sustainable for you--you are putting your trust in me by opening up to me about your problems, and I put my trust in you that you will pay what you are honestly able to afford. If your rate needs to change in future as your income changes, that can happen. The typical rate for a doctoral-level psychologist in Austin with my level of experience starts around $150 per session. After your first session (flat rate $125), we discuss what rate will work for you for your future sessions. My sliding scale starts at $85 and goes up to $225 for 45-minute individual therapy sessions. Those who can pay a little more help out those who need the lower end of the scale, and it balances out.
If my rates are still out of your budget, there are other options that might be a better fit. You can find a list of affordable counseling resources in Austin here, and Open Path is a national resource.
How long do i need to be in therapy?
This varies for everyone and depends on the intensity and complexity of what you are working with. When we meet, we'll talk about your goals and the best ways to work towards them. My aim is to help my clients reach the point where they no longer need therapy as often or at all because they have gained the tools they need. Even after our main work together ends, you still have the option to schedule booster sessions if needed.
how often would we meet?
Again, this also varies from person to person. If we’re just starting out, once a week is ideal, especially if we’re dealing with intense feelings and memories. That frequency of sessions can get things rolling and give you as much support as possible. Meeting every other week is an option for less intense issues and can work especially well for people who like to do homework between sessions or who have done a lot of therapy in the past. As therapy progresses, it is possible to space sessions out even more to once every 3 or 4 weeks in order to give you more time to practice what you’ve learned.
How old do I have to be to see you?
I see clients age 18 and older. Occasionally I might be able to work with a 17 year old. Contact me if you have questions about this.
Can you prescribe me medications?
I’m sorry, but nope! I have a doctorate in clinical psychology, but I am NOT a medical doctor. For things like medical advice, prescriptions, medication evaluations, or hospital admissions, you need to see a licensed medical provider like an M.D. or D.O., or a nurse practitioner who has the ability to prescribe.
Do you do couples or family therapy?
No, I don’t. I work best with individuals, so I stick with that. There are many gifted couples and family therapists out there if that’s what you need. You can try searching Therapy Den, the Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, or Psychology Today to find one to fit your situation.
Do you do psychological testing?
Although I am trained to do many types of psychological testing, I am currently only offering therapy and evaluations for letters to support access to gender-affirmng services. You can try searching Therapy Den or Psychology Today to find a psychologist who offers testing services.