FAQs about Counseling in Rochester, NH
Common FAQ’s about Virtual and In Person
Counseling and Therapy
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to use them to help tackle the problems you are facing.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my approach to your specific needs. All you need to do is be open to talking about the issues you are struggling with, and be curious about why they prevent you from living the life you want.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. I tend to work long term with my clients, but everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling takes to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. I want our sessions to be a dialogue. Sitting back, being silent, not being curious about why you are struggling, or frequently answering a question with “I don’t know,” probably means we won’t be a good fit. I often give homework that reinforces what we have talked about in session. Homework is practiced between sessions and we evaluate how it went in the next session. Not finding time to do the homework, again, probably means we won’t be a good fit.
How often will I need to come to counseling?
I work with people on a weekly basis. I don’t find bi-weekly or monthly sessions to be as effective unless we are winding down therapy, so I don’t offer it. I want you to reach your goals as quickly as possible. I don’t want you in therapy forever and there are much better hobbies out there to spend your your time on!
How much do sessions cost?
Two intake sessions are $240 each and subsequent sessions are $230. Sessions are 45 minutes long. EMDR sessions are 90 or 60-minutes long. Please see my Rates & Insurance page for more information
Are sessions covered by my insurance?
I do not bill insurance and I am considered an Out of Network provider by insurance companies. If you have a PPO or POS insurance plan, you usually have Out of Network benefits. With these plans, your insurance will often cover a percentage of the session fee after a deductible is met. HMO plans require you stay In Network. I provide you with a Super Bill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please call your insurance company directly to inquire about your Out Of Network coverage.
How do I seek reimbursement from my insurance company?
If you are using Out of Network benefits, I will supply you with a special itemized statement you submit to your insurance company. They will reimburse you according to your plan benefits. I recommend REIMBURSIFY (an app) that captures a picture of your bill and automatically submits it to your insurance company. Many clients report it is super easy to use and streamlines the process, making it faster to get reimbursed. Go to the Rates and Insurance page under Getting Started to download the app. My clients can submit Super Bills through Reimbursify for free.
Do you have evening and weekend appointments available?
I work Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Saturday mornings. These fill up fast, so call to see what I have open.
Where do sessions take place?
Sessions are provided virtually and in the office. My office is located in Rochester, NH, but I can see clients remotely who live anywhere in the states of NH, ME and MA.
Who do you work with?
I provide individual therapy for older teens and adults. On occasion, I see girls ages 11 and older. I do not offer family or couples counseling.