1.What is online counseling?
Online counseling is similar to traditional therapy but it is done only over the phone or via video conferencing. We offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to schedule your first appointment. Your first intake appointment will be 60 minutes and individual therapy sessions are 50 minutes.
2.How much does it cost?
Average therapy sessions in New Jersey can cost up to $200 a session! That is not including the time and gas spent traveling to and from your appointment. I offer competent, clinical services from the comfort of your own home for less. I have several service options which we can go over during your FREE 15 minute initial consultation.
3.What will my sessions be like and how can I prepare?
After your FREE initial consultation you will receive an intake form to complete before your first session. Your 1st session will be a video conference which is just like face timing a friend. All you need for your sessions are privacy, internet connection, and if video conferencing, a webcam/camera.
4.How long will it take to get better?
Therapy can last anywhere from one session to several months. It all depends on what you want and need. Some people come to therapy with a very specific problem they need to solve and might find that one or two sessions is enough. Other people come to therapy with more complicated issues and may feel they need a few months or more to understand and resolve their issues. Other people come with long-standing problems or difficult feelings and may benefit from longer-term therapy. However, ultimately, the decision about how long therapy should go is up to you.
5.Do you take insurance?
At this time, I do not accept insurance. The benefits is that I do not have to provide a diagnosis or any information about your sessions to your insurance provider, which may kept in your medical records. Another benefit is that your sessions are not limited/restricted . However, it is possible that some insurances may provide some reimbursement. Please contact your insurance provider for complete details.
6.Is this Confidential?
Confidentiality is my top priority. I will not share any sensitive information with any outside party without your expressed written consent. Your information is kept private and confidential expect in the case of child/elder abuse. Our sessions will be conducted using technology that is HIPPA compliant. More information about this will be discussed during your first session.
7.How will therapy take place?
Your sessions will be scheduled weekly according to your availability. You will receive a link to log into a private and HIPPA compliant space to have your video therapy session. There is also an option to have therapy over the phone. In that case, your sessions will be over a secured line.
8.How can I connect with my therapist?
Once you are a client, you will have your weekly session and you can connect with me via secure email and text.
9. Are you available for speaking engagements?
YES! I and am available to speak and/or provide workshops to churches, schools, and other organizations on various topics. Please complete the ‘Get Started” form with your request and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
10. What are some important resources that I could use today?
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
New Jersey Hopeline- 1-855-654-6735
National Domestic Violence Hotline- 1-800-799-7233
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline 1-800-662-4357
211: Toll free number for information regarding social services in NJ