What is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)?

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT’s) are relationship specialists that are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals, couples, and families.  LMFT’s are trained in psychotherapy and family systems to understand their clients’ symptoms and interactional patterns within their existing environment.

What is the length of treatment? 

Initially, regular weekly sessions will be scheduled.  My therapy approach is goal oriented, so individual therapy needs will determine the length of treatment.  Treatment goals will be discussed at the initial therapy session and be continuously re-evaluated throughout treatment. 

Do you accept insurance and what are my payment options?

Payment can be either out-of-pocket or through your insurance plan.  Psychotherapy services from a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist are often eligible for insurance reimbursement.  I am currently a provider for BlueCross/BlueShield PPO.  If I am an out-of-network provider for your insurance provider, an invoice will be offered for all services rendered to submit to your insurance provider. To determine coverage and reimbursement (for out-of-network), please contact your insurance company.  

What about confidentiality?

Confidentiality is an extremely important component in the therapy process.  It creates a safe and trusting environment when discussing difficult subjects.  I will provide you with a copy of my Confidential Disclosure Agreement.  By law, I am not allowed to discuss any shared information with anyone else, without your consent.  However, in certain situations, confidentiality between therapist and client is breached.  State laws and professional ethics define the breach of confidentiality based on these common circumstances:

 Danger to self or others:
All states allow a therapist to reveal the name of a client who is deemed a real and present danger to self (e.g., suicide) or others. The therapist is also required to warn or attempt to protect the person against whom the threats are being made.

Abuse of children, elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped:
A therapist is required to report credible knowledge of current or past abuse. This applies to situations in which the client is the one who was abused as well as to situations in which the client is the abuser.

Third-party reimbursement:
If you are billing your insurance company for therapy services, you are giving your consent to share any needed clinical information (diagnosis, appointment dates, etc.).