Where is your office located?
My office is located in the Oakstead Professional Center in Land O’ Lakes, FL. The address is 19337 Shumard Oak Drive, Suite 101-4, Land O’ Lakes.
I also see clients online on a HIPAA secure therapy website. We can see one another and hear one another, but you can have your session with me from the comfort of your home or at your office during your lunch hour. If you live in Florida, you have the option of seeing me in person or online.
How do I make an appointment?
You can register as a new client on this website or call me at 813-951-8889. I have office hours available Monday through Friday.
Is what I talk about with you confidential?
Will I be able to contact you after office hours?
Yes. I am available to talk with you in-between our sessions at no extra cost to you. I can be contacted via phone or via HIPAA secure email on the counseling website. I do not have emergency on-call answering services, so if you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
How long does therapy take?
Our sessions are an hour long. With therapy, there usually is no set length of treatment. Therapy can last anywhere from one session to several months or even years. 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 sufficient. 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. In my practice, generally I start seeing people once a week for about a month. After that, some clients continue coming in weekly, while others move to every other week and some eventually transition to once a month. I’ve had people who transition out of therapy and come back in once or twice a year for a “tune up” or for a series of sessions to address a specific concern that has come up.
Do you work with young children?
No. I only work with adults over the age of 18.
Do you prescribe medications?
No. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and am unable to prescribe medications. If we determine that medication may be helpful for you, I can provide you with a referral to a qualified psychiatrist and coordinate care with that doctor for you.
What type of counseling do you do?
Research has shown that it is our relationship that has the greatest influence on your success in therapy. I will make you feel safe and support you to make changes that you’d like to make in your life. There are two primary philosophical models of psychotherapy: psychodynamic and cognitive/behavioral. I integrate these two approaches. The psychodynamic approach is based on the belief that your childhood experiences affect your adult life and may keep you stuck in patterns that no longer work for you. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that the way we feel and behave is influenced by our perception and interpretation of events.
Do you take insurance for individual counseling?
One of the many benefits of being a client of mine is freedom from mandates that insurance companies place on the client-therapist relationship. These include limits on the type and amount of care you can receive, and may even require me to diagnose you with a mental disorder for reimbursement. Most insurance plans will still reimburse you for a portion of your counseling or therapy fees (for an out of plan provider). If requested, I will give you a monthly statement with a diagnosis and treatment code for these purposes.
How do I pay for my sessions?
I accept cash, personal check, and credit cards.
Do you have locations outside of Land O’ Lakes?
I am a Certified E-therapist (CET) in Florida and provide private and confidential online counseling throughout the state for your convenience.