What can I expect?
A good fit between client and therapist is essential for the success of therapy. Our work will begin with an initial free 10-15 minute phone consultation to determine if I might be a good match for the services you are seeking. We will then schedule an in-person session (90 minutes) to gain a better understanding of what has brought you and/or your child to therapy. During this session, I will ask more direct questions to gather information and we will get to know each other. I will also leave plenty of time for you to ask me questions and determine if I might be the best fit for the support you are seeking. If we determine we will be a good fit, we will proceed with one or more consultation sessions, where we will develop a strong working relationship, obtain a detailed history, and collaboratively define goals and a treatment timeline. With children, I meet alone with parent(s) or guardian(s) for one to two session to obtain a detailed history and understanding of the presenting problem prior to meeting the child.
Therapy appointments are typically scheduled weekly, recurring at the same day and time, unless otherwise agreed upon. This time will be reserved for you and your child once scheduled.
Do you accept insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider. As an out-of-network provider, clients pay me directly for services provided and then clients request payment from their insurance carrier. I do not have direct contact with any insurance carriers. I accept cash, check, all major credit and debit cards, health savings account (HSA) cards and flexible spending account (FSA) cards. My services are generally considered an allowable healthcare expense for FSA purposes. All insurance carriers have specific polices for reimbursement and I encourage clients to contact their carrier prior to our initial meeting to obtain more information about their plan benefits for out-of-network providers. To help with reimbursement, I provide clients with an invoice needed with information often requested by insurance carriers.
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost under the No Surprises Act. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services. You have the right to receive a "Good Faith Estimate" for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees. You have the right to have a "Good Faith Estimate" in writing at least one business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider for a "Good Faith Estimate" before you schedule an item or service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your "Good Faith Estimate," you can dispute the bill.
For children and teens, who is able to provide consent for services?
Parents and guardians must consent to treatment for children. For legal and ethical reasons, my policy for parents who are separated or divorced is to obtain consent for services by both parents unless there is a legal document that states that one of the parents has sole medial decision-making authority. Please discuss this issue with me should you have any question or concerns.
What if I have a crisis after hours?
As an outpatient psychologist, I am not typically available for after-hours crisis calls, unless prearrangements have been made. If you are having a mental health emergency, it is best to call 911 or go to your closest emergency room.
Colorado Crisis Services offers excellent free and confidential supports that can be accessed 24/7 by the following:
Text (text “TALK” to 38255)
Walk-in centers in the Denver Metro Area (see website above for complete list):
Westminster Walk-In Crisis Services
2551 W 84th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80031
Wheat Ridge Walk-In Crisis Services
4643 Wadsworth Blvd.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Littleton Walk-In Crisis Services
6509 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120
Boulder Walk-in Crisis Services
3180 Airport Road
Boulder, CO 80301
Denver Walk-In Crisis Services
4353 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
Aurora Walk-in Crisis Services
2206 Victor Street
Aurora, CO 80045
How do you meet with clients?
I offer in person appointments at my office located in Lakewood, Colorado. I also offer appointments virtually via secure, video Telehealth. I see clients throughout the state of Colorado and in the PSYPACT states of Arizona, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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Whether starting a new journey or taking a different path, I am here to walk with you.