Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
 
 
What  are  your  fees?
The fee for a 50-minute session is $160.00.  
 
Do you accept insurance?
We are in-network with:

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO for NorthShore University Health System, Sites 447 and 284 (HMO Illinois, Blue Advantage HMO, and Blue Precision HMO)

First Health PPO
Northwestern University Aetna Student Health Plan (CAPS Preferred Community Provider)
Tricare (Approved Out of Network Provider)
 
*Clients whose insurance is out-of-network will be provided the necessary information to submit to their carrier.

How frequent are sessions? 
Initially, most clients come in once a week.  When substantial progress has been made and the client no longer feels the need for weekly sessions, most clients come in bi-monthly.  After the goals are met, many clients will schedule sessions as needed or conclude treatment.
 
How long does counseling take?
Length of therapy mainly depends on the nature of the problem and the identified goals. It varies from person to person.  We make goals concrete and measurable so the client has a clear sense of the progress being made.  When goals have been met and the client no longer feels the need for therapy, we will discuss ending therapy. 
 
Are counseling sessions confidential? 
Confidentiality is a critical part of the therapeutic process. In order to make the most progress possible, it is essential that you can trust your therapist and feel comfortable freely talking about the most intimate and personal parts of your life, without concern that those details will be revealed to anyone else.Our counseling sessions will be confidential within the confines of the Illinois Mental Health Confidentiality Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  The law provides that the rule of confidentiality can only be broken in the most extreme circumstances, (e.g., if you are currently involved in acts of child abuse or neglect, if you are clearly likely to cause bodily harm to yourself or others, or if you waive in writing your right to confidentiality).
 
What can I expect at the first session?
The first session is a chance for us to become acquainted and for me to learn about your background and history. I will ask more questions than usual during this session so I can gain some perspective on the problems or issues you want to address.  Before the end of the session, I will review your aims for coming to therapy and share my initial impressions of what our work together may entail.  
 
Should I take medications?
As therapists we are not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of the problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist to determine whether medication is warranted. Typically, clients see someone in their health insurance network or we can refer you to a psychiatrist.  If you do begin taking medication, We will, with your written permission, collaborate with your psychiatrist to design a plan of treatment that is most appropriate for you.
 
Do you have a cancellation policy?
The full fee of $160.00 is charged for missed appointments and cancellations with less than 48 hours notice.  However, illnesses and emergency situations are taken into consideration.