Frequently Asked Questions
Is therapy right for me?
I believe everyone would benefit from seeking therapy at least once in their lives. Therapy can help you understand how your past impacts your present, reconnect with your internal experiences (emotions, thoughts, sensations), imagine a life that would bring you meaning and vitality, and overcome barriers to pursuing that life.
I'm ready to get started. What next?
Please schedule a free, 20-minute phone consultation via my online scheduler. During our consultation, you will have an opportunity to discuss why you are seeking therapy and ask any questions you have about seeking therapy with me. We will determine together if you would be a good fit for working with me via online therapy. If you and/or I believe your needs would be better met by another care provider or type of care, I am happy to provide referrals.
Where do sessions take place?
I provide online therapy (also known as "teletherapy") using HIPAA-compliant video conferencing software. Although I am a therapist in the Madison area, I am able to provide online therapy to people residing throughout Wisconsin.
What are your session fees?
Your initial 20-minute consultation with me is free. My session fee is comparable with other doctoral-level therapists in the Madison area. Please contact me for more information about fees.
Session fees will be collected in full at the time of service via credit or debit card. A credit or debit card is required to be held on file for the 24-hour cancellation policy. I can accept payments from these cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and Diners Club.
I also accept FSA and HSA cards, but insurance reimbursement is not guaranteed. Please check with your provider if this is a form of payment you would like to use.
Do you accept insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider. You may have out-of-network mental health coverage through your insurance company, particularly if you have a PPO or POS health insurance plan. Depending on your plan, your insurance company may reimburse you 50-80% of each session fee. I am happy to provide a superbill that you may submit to your insurance provider for partial reimbursement for services. I encourage you to check with your insurance provider first to verify coverage for teletherapy services.
Is online therapy right for me?
There are many benefits to online therapy, including greater convenience, less time and money spent commuting, and, presently, accommodating public health concerns. However, there are also some risks, including risks to confidentiality, issues related to technology, and barriers to intervening in a crisis. We will discuss these benefits and risks in more depth before we begin working together to determine if online therapy is the right fit for your situation and needs.
What will I need for online therapy?
You will need one of the following devices to engage in online therapy:
Desktop computer with a webcam, speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM
Laptop computer with built-in webcam and speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM
Tablet device with built-in webcam and speakers
Smartphone with at least iOS 10 or Android 7.0 (Note: To use a smartphone, you must first download Telehealth by SimplePractice - available for iOS or Android in the App Store.)
You will also need an internet connection that is at least 10mbps. For optimal results, a reliable, high-speed internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10mbps will minimize connection issues and provide the best quality.
Prior to our first session, I will send you a helpful guide to getting set up for online therapy. You can also review that guide here.