Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Do you see individuals, couples, or families?
I see clients individually, in couples, or with their families. The first task in the counseling process is to assess the possibilities and probabilities of our working successfully together. If I do not think someone is suitable for treatment by me, I will not hesitate to refer to another counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
2) Will my insurance cover the cost? How much will counseling cost?
Here's the short answer: if you want to use your insurance coverage, you must check with your insurance company. Insurance companies tell their subscribers who they can see, how long they can see them, and why (for what diagnoses) they can see them. Many insurance companies have a list of providers that they use. Some companies have a list of certain counseling credentials that they allow payment to (Ph.D., LCSW, etc.).
I do not have a billing staff, so I ask that you pay me directly and then submit your receipts to your insurance company. In other words, payment for the counseling session is between the client and me; reimbursement for that payment is between the client and their insurance company. If you decide to use your insurance, I will provide a receipt you may submit.
We will discuss fees together. In addition, I utilize a sliding scale fee, adjusting the fee based on your income and the size of your family. We will usually discuss that in the first session.
3) Do you have evening hours?
I do, but they are limited. Although many folks hope to come in the evening, I need to consider everyone's schedule as well as my own. Generally, everyone must rotate appointments in daytime hours so that everyone wishing evening hours can be accommodated. I start counseling very early in the morning for those who can come in before work begins. We can figure that out when we talk on the phone.
4) What is your training?
I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and received a Master of Science (M.S.) from Wilmington University in May of 2015. In addition, I am an accredited Psychotherapist in the Association of Clerical Pastoral Education and an ordained Presbyterian minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) from Westminster College (1980) and a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Princeton Seminary (1986). I then trained in an additional two year residency program in Pastoral Psychotherapy. I served as Senior Staff Chaplain for twelve years at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE serving in the perinatal and neonatal units, supporting parents dealing with infant death and providing grief counseling. I have been an adjunct professor at Neumann College in Aston, PA teaching Bereavement Care in their Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling.
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