What to expect:
What can I expect as I start psychotherapy?
Whether you have participated in therapy before or it's your first time, some initial anxiety is usual. As you continue to meet with me the anxiety should fade. However, it may arise as you delve into challengining parts of your life history and current life situations. This anxiety is not unusual as you make contact with aspects of yourself and your life that have been painful to acknowledge and cope with.
You can expect the following from me in session:
respect, attentiveness and willingness to discuss whatever concerns you have;
approach you and your struggles with empathy;
discuss and teach new coping skills and strategies as needed and requested;
assist you in exploring difficulties within any of your relationships and discover new approaches that enhance the harmony and intimacy of your relationships;
a comfortable office space, no interruptions;
a commitment to beginning psychotherapy sessions on time.
Is what I talk about in session kept private?
With some legal and insurance-related exceptions, what you tell me is kept confidential. We will review my confidentiality policies when you begin psychotherapy.
How do I pay for psychotherapy?
Some people choose to pay out of pocket. This is the most confidential way to participate in therapy since there's nothing reported in your health records or to your insurance company. I accept credit cards, including health savings accounts, and checks.
I'm on-panel with the following insurance provider:
BCBS of Illinois (PPO)
I will check insurance coverage under your BCBS PPO plan so we know about benefits for psychotherapy before you start. I'm not affiliated with other insurance companies and plans.
What are your areas of expertise?
Are there issues or problems you do not treat?
My Homepage contains a list of problems and issues I help clients with. Anxiety is the most common treatment problem, therefore, I have developed expertise in addressing it in its various forms and presentations. I also find that relationship stress (primary partner, family, work, friendship, etc.) accounts for much of what brings people to psychotherapy. Helping clients navigate relationship difficulties is another area of focus in my practice.
I've worked with a wide variety of people and issues over the years. However, if your treatment needs fall outside my areas of clinical focus and experience, I will help you locate another therapy resource. For example, I would refer to another therapist or treatment program someone seeking help specifically for substance abuse or someone looking for marital and family therapy.