Where do I begin?
Please review these FAQs for information on my therapeutic style, fees, insurance, and more.
How do we begin working together?
Upon review of these FAQs, if my style seems like a good fit, please reach out via email to schedule a free 15-minute consultation call.
At the end of the call if we both decide that we’re a fit, we’ll set an appointment and I’ll follow up via email with forms to return before our first session.
When do you see clients?
What happens in the free 15-minute consultation call?
I think of these calls as a meet and greet to give us the chance to get to know each other. We’ll discuss what’s bringing you to therapy. I’ll also share insight into my style as a therapist and answer any questions you may have.
What’s the start of therapy like?
During our first few sessions we’ll discuss your history, current situation and concerns, and goals for what you hope to accomplish in therapy. This initial period allows us to get to know one another and explore how best to serve your needs.
In our sessions you’ll have an opportunity to develop and practice new coping skills, vent about your struggles, gain perspective and new insights, learn to challenge your thoughts and stories, and receive feedback in a non-judgemental space. We’ll also explore resources and helpful tools to practice between our sessions.
Where is your office?
I’m located in Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. For a map and further instructions on connecting in person, please visit the Connect page.
How are you handling COVID-19?
I offer in-person sessions for fully vaccinated and boosted clients and teletherapy for all in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia). For in-person sessions, I open a window, weather appropriate, and use a HEPA filter air purifier that features a 3-stage filtration system with dual-sided H13 True HEPA filters. These capture at least 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 microns in size. I also offer lavender hand sanitizer and disposable three-ply masks. Masks must be worn at all times when mandated by DC. Our seating is situated six feet apart.
How does teletherapy work?
We meet online via a HIPAA-compliant video platform. Please arrive a few minutes before our session time in a private space without distractions. A closed door and headphones help ensure privacy. Your insurance statement will include the teletherapy CPT code modifier 95.
What’s your style?
I’m honored to be part of my clients’ journey and my style is warm and collaborative. I bring two decades of experience as a mindfulness practitioner, yoga teacher, and wellness entrepreneur which offers a holistic mind and body focus to my work.
Our sessions include tangible takeaways coupled with supportive encouragement and deep listening.
What is your treatment approach?
Pulling from various styles such as positive psychology, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, strength-based, and transpersonal, our work is tailored specifically for you. My goal is to help you gain insight, reduce stress and anxiety, set goals, clarify dreams, uncover strengths, plus develop and deepen coping skills. By providing a safe space, we work together to expand self-understanding and self-compassion while making small shifts to move you forward.
What is your fee?
My fee is $190 per 50-minute session.
How long are sessions?
Our sessions are 50 minutes.
What payment methods do you accept?
I accept all major credit and debit cards. Payment is due at the start of each session.
Do you accept insurance?
I’m an out-of-network provider and do not work directly with any insurance company in-network. You may be eligible for partial reimbursement depending on your plan. For your convenience, I will provide you with a monthly statement to submit for reimbursement. For a list of in-network providers, please refer to Psychology Today.
What should I ask my insurance company?
My services may be reimbursable through your plan’s out-of-network mental health benefits. Prior to beginning treatment, I encourage you to verify your coverage by asking: Does my plan include coverage for out-of-network mental health services? How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider? What is my deductible for out-of-network services and has it been met? Do I have a session limit? What form(s) do I need for submitting my invoice(s) to receive my out-of-network benefits? Is teletherapy covered?
How often do we meet?
For continuity, I prefer to meet with clients once a week and ask that all new clients commit to meeting weekly for the first four weeks. This will allow us to dive into our work together and allow you to start seeing progress. Together we will coordinate a schedule that works best with your preferences, finances, and issues. I may also recommend that we adjust the frequency of sessions to best meet your needs.
Is everything I tell you confidential?
Everything you tell me is confidential with a few exceptions: If I feel that you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, I can break confidentiality to keep you/others safe. If I hear about the abuse (or suspected abuse) of anyone under the age of 18, an elderly person, or someone with a disability, I am mandated to report it. If confidential information is subpoenaed in a court of law, I must comply with the subpoena and this would not happen without your prior knowledge.
If I don’t live in the DC area, can we still work together?
Yes, I offer coaching via phone or video for clients outside the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. Coaching is different from deeper therapeutic work and may be used to focus on a specific issue such as pursuing a creative dream or making a career change. Together we create an action plan and monitor progress toward a specific goal. To schedule an appointment, email me and we’ll explore next steps.
What if I need to cancel an appointment?
Although issues such as family and work emergencies, childcare issues, or illness may arise that make it challenging to keep your appointment, I do have a firm 48-hour cancellation policy. Since the appointment time has been set aside just for you, there will be a full session charge for any cancellations within 48 hours.
How do I contact you?
You can reach me via email, phone and text (202.827.5425). I will get back to you within 24 business hours. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.
What is your social media policy?
Due to the importance of your confidentiality and the importance of minimizing dual relationships, I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship. If you have questions about this, please bring them up when we meet and we can talk more about it.
I will not follow any client on social media. If there is content you wish to share from your online life, please bring it into our sessions where we can explore it together.
I have no expectation that you will want to follow me on social media, listen to my podcast, read my books, or partake in any offering outside of therapy. However, if you use an easily recognizable name and I happen to notice that you’ve followed or liked me, we may briefly discuss its impact on our working relationship.
Please do not use messaging on social networking sites to contact me. These sites are not secure, and I may not read these messages in a timely fashion.