How long is a typical session?

Sessions are 50 minutes in length.

How often will we meet?

Typically sessions are once weekly, especially in the beginning in order to establish rapport and begin the process. Under some circumstances, clients choose to meet twice weekly. We will discuss together the frequency of our meetings depending on need, effectiveness, finances and time. In order for therapy to be successful it is important to have a consistent schedule.

How can I schedule my first appointment?

You can call my confidential voice mail at 847.461.9449 and I will return your call within 24 hours. You may also e-mail me at Be aware that confidentiality cannot be assured for e-mail communication. Please leave your name, phone number and best times to reach you and I will return your call as soon as possible.  Upon our initial phone conversation we can arrange a time to meet and you can briefly share with me any information about yourself and ask any questions you have of me.  

What can I expect to happen at my first session?

Many people are nervous about a first meeting with a psychologist. I will make every effort to address any questions you may have and make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. First, you will complete general paperwork. Then we will review my fees, cancellation and  confidentiality policies. 

Typically during the first session we will talk about what brings you to therapy, begin to explore your history, identify the difficulties you are struggling with and establish treatment goals.  During the first few sessions, I may be a bit more directive as I try to gain a better understanding of the issues you present.  

Is everything I say confidential?

Generally the privacy of all communication between client and psychologist is confidential and protected by law.  There are specific circumstances which superceed the confidentiality laws. The first is "imminent danger to self or others".  If I have reason to believe that you present a danger to yourself or others, I am obligated both legally and ethically to protect you or others. Secondly, if I believe a child, elder or disabled person is being harmed, I am mandated to inform the Illinois Department of Child & Family Services. Finally, in some legal situations a judge may override my efforts to protect your privacy. This has never happened as yet, in my practice. It is my goal to protect your confidentiality. If any of these situations present themselves, I will make every effort I can to discuss  it with you before any action is taken.

What form of payment do you accept?

I accept payment by Zelle, check or cash, at the time of our meeting. 

Do you accept insurance?

I accept Blue Cross, Blue Shield insurance. If you have insurance with another carrier I can provide a monthly statement for you to submit to your insurance carrier or flexible benefit plan, so that you can seek reimbursement. 

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