questions about therapy
what do i talk about in our first session?
Anything you like!
If you’d like me to ask questions and direct the conversation, I’m happy to do that as well. Just let me know.
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 will i be in therapy?
It is entirely up to you. It’s hard to determine at the beginning of treatment, and usually better assessed along the way.
questions about teletherapy
what is teletherapy?
Teletherapy (aka online counseling, online therapy, or 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.
do you provide in-person services?
This website is primarily dedicated to my private teletherapy practice, which is all online.
In theory, I do provide in-person services as an independent contractor for Loewenstein Counseling Group in Chicago. Their offices are located in West Town. However, I’m not currently providing in-person services there currently due to COVID-19. At this time I am not sure when I will be returning to in-person services.
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.
is teletherapy secure?
Yes. Your privacy is extremely important to me, and I take precautions to ensure it.
I use the secure platform doxy.me for our video sessions. Unlike Zoom, Google Hangouts, or other non-clinical video platforms, doxy.me was created specifically for clinicians and is secure.
Additionally, I use a secure, e-mail server called Hushmail that allows me to send encrypted e-mails, and a platform called SimplePractice for scheduling and documentation.
do you provide teletherapy through e-mail or texting?
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 protect your personal health information, and second, to maintain good boundaries, which allows me to provide the highest quality of care.
insurance and costs
do you take health insurance?
Yes! I am currently paneled with Cigna. I also take BCBS-PPO in my independent contracting position.
do you have a sliding scale?
I use a sliding scale for all clients who pay out of pocket. This scale is based on household income, according to the U.S. National Poverty guidelines.
When you start services, I will ask you to upload your family’s tax forms from the past year in order to verify your income.
Having a sliding scale allows me to provide reasonable fees to all clients, and to see clients from different socioeconomic strata.