Where is your office located?
My main office is in Black Forest, right outside of Colorado Springs. The address is 12655 Black Forest Rd. #172, Colorado Springs, CO 80908.
How much does therapy or coaching cost? How long are the sessions?
I start with a free 30-minute consultation to get to know you a little and your goals for therapy. Then counseling and coaching sessions cost $120 per session. Sessions typically last around 50-55 minutes. A new and very confusing “rule” is requiring that a Good Faith Estimate of Costs is provided to clients. I am upfront with pricing and you will not have any surprise. Each session booked and attended is 120/53 min hour or less and you may be charged no show / cancellation fees per my practice polices.
See complete break down listed at the bottom of this FAQ section
What are your business hours?
My hours are 11 AM – 9 PM, Monday through Friday.
Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
No, not at all. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths you’ve used in the past, but for whatever reason, they aren’t working for you right now. Perhaps a problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your strengths.
As we work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to use them again to cope with what you’re facing now.
How is talking with a counselor different than with my family or best friend?
There are several differences between talking with a counselor and a friend or family member.
- A therapist can help you approach a situation in a new way, teach you new skills, and help you gain new perspectives.
- A counselor will listen to you without judgment or expectation and help you better understand yourself.
- Therapy is 100% confidential.
- If your situation provokes a lot of painful emotion, you won’t have to worry about avoiding people in your personal life later on that could remind you of this challenging time.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone can’t solve every issue. It treats the symptoms of a problem. Our work together is designed to explore the root issues, dig deep into your behavior, and show you new strategies for accomplishing personal and relational goals. Medication may be effective, depending on the challenge, and may be needed in conjunction with therapy.
Why don’t you take insurance? (Beginning January 2022)
Rather than diagnose you, report what I find to an insurance company, and learn what they recommend for treatment, I can offer a totally confidential experience for my clients. Instead of prescribing you something that may be unnecessary, I can provide you with the advice and treatment that I genuinely believe will help you the most.
Here are several other benefits of private pay:
- You don’t have to worry about losing your insurance after starting treatment.
- Your mental health records won’t be used against you.
- You don’t need to prove you have a “medical necessity” to receive treatment.
- You can make your own decisions regarding your treatment.
- Your treatment will be 100% confidential. You won’t have to share regular updates with your insurance company.
How long will therapy take?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique. The time it takes for you to accomplish your goals will depend on your commitment, your desire for personal development, and the factors that drive you to seek treatment in the first place.
How does therapy work? What do I have to do in my sessions?
Since every person has different issues and goals, therapy can look different for everyone. I will tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
What can I do to get the most out of therapy?
I’m so glad you’re dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for one session per week. The work you do outside of our sessions will be what really leads to personal growth and development.
Should my partner and I be in individual or couples counseling if we’re having problems?
If you’re concerned about your relationship, and both of you would like to work with me, we could start with couples counseling. Afterward, I could work with one of you individually. However, it is not helpful to move from individual to couple’s work with the same therapist due to potential trust issues.
Good Faith Estimate and Fee Schedule:
You will be charged only for what you schedule as noted below.
Provider Estimates – *Maximum does not include late cancelation/no show fees, crisis sessions, non-therapeutic charges e.g. documentation fees, banking fees, court/litigation fees, anger management, life skill services, or other financial arrangements based on a case-by-case basis.
00000 ~ Initial Consultation 15-30 minutes – $0.00
90791 ~ Intake Session – Individual/Groups 50 minutes – $120.00
90832 ~ Individual Psychotherapy, 30 – 44 minutes – $60.00
90834 ~ Individual Psychotherapy, 45 – 52 minutes – $90.00
90837 ~ Individual Psychotherapy, 53 – 60 minutes – $120.00
90839 ~ Psychotherapy Crisis, 60 minutes – $120.00
90840 ~ Additional Psychotherapy Crisis, 30 minutes – $75.00
Other therapy codes exists and break down to the 120/hr amount.
Charge Backs – $30.00 Non-sufficient funds (NSF) – $30.00
Documentation Fee – $30.00
Per separate agreements.
Retainer for court services due IN ADVANCE – $1500.00
Communications (phone, text/SMS, email, written letters, etc.) – $150.00 per hour
Preparation (including submission of records, cancellation of clients, etc.) – $150.00 per hour
In-court appearance (including wait time/standby) – $250.00 per hour Deposition/testimony – $250.00 per hour
Travel & Mileage – $250.00 per hour plus $0.56 per mile
Court filing – $100.00 plus associated fees
Express service (Less than 72 business hours) – $250.00
Reset fee (Less than 72 business hours) – $500.00