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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I expect during my first session?

2. How does “confidentiality” work?

3. Do you prescribe medications?

4. Can I use my insurance and how does that work?

5. With so many therapists out there, what are the benefits of seeing a Licensed Mental Health Counselor?


1. What should I expect during my first session?

It is normal to feel apprehensive about seeing a counselor, especially if this is your first experience.  It’s probably not going to be like it is shown in the movies (and I think that’s a good thing).


During our first meeting, I will do my best to make you feel comfortable and orient you to the counseling process.  We will go over some initial paperwork and talk about your rights as a client (i.e. confidentiality).  From there, I usually focus on gathering information and getting a sense of why you are here, and how I might be helpful.  This will give you a chance to get to know me and help decide if I am a good match for you.  I will take your input seriously and collaborate with you on a plan to move forward in a way that is most helpful. 


2. How does “confidentiality” work?

Private and personal information is often shared in counseling, so trusting that it will be kept confidential is extremely important.  All records and information discussed in counseling are kept confidential; protected by NYS law and in accordance with the ethics of my profession.  


There are exceptions to confidentiality, albeit rare.  These exceptions include:

1.     If a client is deemed to be an imminent danger to themselves or others

2.     If abuse or neglect of a child or elderly person is suspected

3.     If records are subpoenaed by court-order to be released


3. Do you prescribe medications?

No.  If medication would be a helpful aspect of your treatment, I will discuss this with you, make a referral to a qualified provider, and collaborate with them to ensure you receive the best care.   


4. Can I use my insurance and how does that work?

Yes, I am in-network with many major insurances (see my "Costs and Insurances" page for a list) and it works similar to seeing a medical doctor.  You are responsible for paying any co-pays or deductible that your plan requires, and I will submit a claim to your insurance to cover the rest.  I advise everyone to contact their plan's member services to verify their "behavioral health" benefits, and ask the following questions: What are my behavioral health benefits?  Do I have a co-pay or deductible?  Are there any limits to my benefits?  I will help you navigate this process, but ultimately you are responsible for the costs associated with therapy.    


5. With so many therapists out there, what are the benefits of seeing a Licensed Mental Health Counselor?

Mental Health Counselors undergo extensive education and training, adhere to a rigorous code of ethics, and are highly qualified to treat a full-range of personal problems in a cost-effective manner.  Click here to learn more about the Mental Health Counseling profession.