The preteen and adolescent years are a crucial time period for developing healthy, confident, successful young adults. To achieve this, it is important to help these young people develop healthy lifestyles, coping, problem-solving and interpersonal skills, and emotional stability.

For over 15 years I have worked with pre-teens and adolescents, from age ten into their 20's, to help guide them through these challenging years. My experience includes work with families, in schools with teachers, and directly with these young people. For me, this is very rewarding work.

Practice Specialties:

  • Anxiety & Stress Management
  • Academic and Peer Pressure
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Concerns
  • Changes in Family Situation (Separation, Divorce, Step Parent)
  • Depression
  • Problem Solving

Common Therapy Questions

Are these sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components of the relationship between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that oftentimes children and teens are not comfortable sharing with their parents, guardians, or friends. However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

  • Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
  • If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.

How long does individual therapy last?

Individual therapy sessions often last from 45 to 60 minutes. How often sessions occur and how long they are depend on many factors, including:

  • The mental health condition addressed and its severity
  • How much the issue affects day-to-day life
  • How much distress the issue causes
  • How quickly the person in therapy improves
  • Financial considerations

Some concerns can be addressed through short-term therapy over a few weeks. However, chronic or more complex concerns can require long-term treatment.

Will my insurance cover my sessions?

No insurance is accepted, but receipts will be provided with appropriate codes that can be submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement if you have out-of-network coverage. When you make your first appointment, check with your provider to see what they will cover. Here are questions you should ask:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible, and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

If you need to cancel an appointment, kindly provide at least 24-hours notice. Otherwise you may be required to pay the full fee for the session.