What ages do you work with?
What are your office hours?
What kind of therapy will I or my child receive?
What happens at the initial visit?
How many sessions will I need?
How do I schedule a first appointment?
Can I complete the new client registration forms at home?
Do you have support staff to speak with?
How long are appointments?
What is the charge for an office visit?
How do I pay for the visit?
What insurance do you accept?
Will you bill my insurance company?
What is the cancellation policy?
How do I contact you?
Can we communicate by email?
What should I do in an emergency if I can’t reach you?

What ages do you work with?
Toddlers through adults.

What are your office hours?
My office hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am available for morning, afternoon and evening appointments.

What kind of therapy will I or my child receive?
The form and content of therapy varies depending on several factors including a client’s presenting problem(s), a psychologist’s clinical approach, and the personalities of both client and psychologist. There may be several different approaches that could be effective in treating the problems you hope to address. I use the approaches which I find to be effective and which have support in the psychological literature. These approaches include family systems, cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, Gestalt, and narrative. The treatment modalities I use include individual, family, parent and couples therapy.

What happens at the initial visit?
The initial visit is an opportunity for you to describe your concerns and identify the goals or changes you would like to achieve through our work together. It is also an opportunity for you to learn about counseling with me and what to expect, so I encourage you to ask any questions that occur to you. At the end of the visit, I will give you my impressions and treatment recommendations. Please use this information along with your own assessment of the visit to decide if you would like to schedule additional meetings. Therapy often involves a commitment of time, money and energy so you should be careful about the psychologist you select.

How many sessions will I need?
Every person or family’s situation is unique, so it is difficult to predict treatment length without first completing an assessment at the initial visit. Factors that affect treatment length include the duration and severity of your presenting concerns, your level of past and present stress, and your goals for our work together.

How do I schedule a first appointment?
Call the office at 216.283.6852.

Can I complete the new client registration forms at home?
Yes. For your convenience, the new client registration forms are available to download. Click the link below to download and print the appropriate registration packet (requires Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader; get a free copy of the latest version of Adobe Reader here).

Do you have support staff to speak with?
No. I schedule appointments and answer calls myself.

How long are appointments?
Appointments are 50 minutes in length. The 10 minute period between sessions is for writing progress notes and returning phone calls.

What is the charge for an office visit?
The charge for the initial visit is $175. The charge for all follow–up visits is $125.

How do I pay for the visit?
Payment is requested by cash or check at each office visit. The office is not equipped to accept credit cards.

What insurance do you accept?
I do not participate in managed care networks or panels; however, many clients are able to use their out of network benefit coverage from their insurance policy to recoup a percentage of the cost of therapy. Please check with your insurance carrier to be fully informed of your benefits.

Will you bill my insurance company?
No. My relationship is directly with you; however, I will prepare a statement at each visit that includes the information insurance companies need to process claims. It will be your responsibility to submit the statement to your insurance company for any reimbursement you are owed.

What is the cancellation policy?
If you are unable to keep an appointment, please give at least 24 hours notice so that I can reschedule the time with someone else. Appointments not cancelled 24 hours in advance are subject to being billed. Cancellations cannot be made by email as I check email infrequently during the day.

How do I contact you?
My confidential voice mail system will answer your call when I am not available. I will be notified and return your call as quickly as possible. Please note that I do occasionally turn off my pager/phone in the evening and on weekends, so I cannot provide on–call, 24/7 availability.

Can we communicate by email?
I would be glad to respond to your email; however, I prefer to use email for brief communication only. If your question is not easily addressed by email then I may suggest that we schedule an office visit. Please note that I am only able to check email once or twice daily and may not respond to messages until the following business day. If you want to reach me as quickly as possible, please call the office.

What should I do in an emergency if I can’t reach you?
If you have an emergency and cannot wait for my reply, please use any of the following services:

  1. Proceed to the emergency room of your local hospital. The following three hospitals have emergency psychiatric services available for children and adults:
    1. Cleveland Clinic Foundation (216.444.2200)
    2. University Hospitals, Laurelwood (440.953.3000)
    3. St. Vincent Charity Hospital (216.363.2358)
  2. The Mobil Crisis Team (216.623.6888) provides 24 hour crisis intervention services. Services include a suicide hotline and on–site evaluation during a psychiatric emergency. The crisis team may also be able to secure psychiatric hospitalization at an area hospital.
  3. The Domestic Violence Center provides protective shelters during family violence crises (216.651.8484).
  4. Call 911.


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