questions about therapy

how often will I come in for therapy?

I recommend that new clients start once per week for 50 minutes. After we’ve gotten to know each other, we can re-assess whether it would be helpful to increase to twice a week, decrease to once every 2-3 weeks, or keep it the same.

how long do I have to come to therapy?

It is entirely up to you. It’s hard to determine at the beginning of treatment, and usually better assessed along the way.

If you think you may be ready to end therapy but you aren’t sure, I’d be happy to discuss it with you and provide my clinical opinion.

questions about teletherapy

what is teletherapy?

Teletherapy (aka online counseling, online therapy, and distance therapy) is conducted through a secure video platform, through which we can see and hear one another (I use doxy.me). Although therapy is provided through a different medium than visiting a therapist in an office, you will receive the same quality of expertise and support.

This website is primarily dedicated to my private teletherapy practice. I do provide in-person services in two places. I work at the Kenneth Young Center in Elk Grove Village, IL. Additionally, I work as an independent contractor for Loewenstein Counseling Group in Chicago.

do you provide in-person services?

This site is dedicated to my private teletherapy practice.

I do provide in-person services at The Kenneth Young Center in Elk Grove Village, IL, and Loewenstein Counseling Group in Chicago, IL.

how does teletherapy compare to in-office therapy?

what will I need to participate in teletherapy?

To see me for teletherapy, you will just need four things:

  • To live in Illinois (because that’s where I’m licensed)
  • A good internet connection, preferably with high-speed internet
  • A laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone.
  • A private space where you can talk without being interrupted or overheard.

If you do not live in Illinois and are interested in online counseling, visit the Online Counseling Directory, which can help match you with someone licensed in your state.

Q: Is teleherapy secure?

A: Yes. Your privacy is extremely important to me, and I take every precaution to ensure it.I use the secure platform doxy.me for our video sessions. I use a secure, e-mail server called Hushmail that allows me to send encrypted e-mails, and a platform called SimplePractice for my scheduling and documentation.All of the data on these sites is secure, and they will never record or misuse your information.

Q: Do you provide teletherapy through e-mail or texting?

A: No. I do have a secure e-mail address, and my phone number has texting capabilities. However, I ask that clients use these primarily for purposes of scheduling and asking questions about services, not regarding therapy matters.

The reason for this is twofold: First, to increase the security of your health information, and second, to maintain good client-clinician boundaries, which allows me to provide the highest quality of care.

insurance and costs

Q: Do you take health insurance?

Yes! I am currently paneled with Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield – PPO.

More and more insurance companies are reimbursing for online services to match increasing demand for online healthcare.

Q: Do you have a sliding scale?

A: Yes, I do have a limited number of sliding scale spots. Ask me about it in your free consultation!

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