I'M NOT SURE ABOUT COUNSELING, HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD DO THIS?
Counseling means different things to different persons. For some persons, it's about a safe space to discuss issues and concerns. For other persons, it's discussing their future plans and lack of confidence to obtain their goals. And for some persons, it's about exploring gender identity and sexuality.
DO YOU SEE COUPLES? DO YOU DO MARRIAGE COUNSELING? WHAT ABOUT FAMILIES OR CHILDREN?
There are many qualified individual therapists in our Quad Cities community, and we all have our areas of skills and experiences. I see adult individuals (age 18 years and older).
WHAT ABOUT THE CORONA VIRUS AND COUNSELING IN YOUR OFFICE?
When a person is seen at the office, clean protocol is observed. All clients are required to be symptom-free the day of their session. Physical distancing is in force. My office is cleaned between clients. I have been vaccinated.
I HAVEN'T DONE COUNSELING BEFORE, WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE MY FIRST SESSION?
All clients fill out an intake form with some basic demographics information, give insurance information, and receive Informed Consent forms to read and sign, which is reviewed during the first session. The first session can't start until all paperwork is filled out and returned.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES AND WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU TAKE?
When you book your session with me, you'll receive more information prior to your appointment about my fee structure.
In my Bettendorf IA office: I have been credentialed with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and United Healthcare. I also accept private pay with superbilling available.
At my Moline IL office: I have been credentialed with Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, UnityPoint Health Partners, Health Alliance.
I am not credentialed Medicare insurances for either Iowa or Illinois. I am not credentialed for Illinois Medicaid. I do not accept Iowa Medicaid.
Always check with your insurance company to see what benefits are covered! Not all insurances cover telehealth, some companies may require persons to seek assistance with their Employee Assistance Programs, and all insurance companies should clarify your copay responsibilities.
I WANT TO DO TELEHEALTH, BUT I LIVE IN A STATE YOU ARE NOT LICENSED IN, CAN I STILL BOOK A SESSION WITH YOU?
I wish there was an easy and clear cut answer. Unfortunately, I have a squishy "maybe." Each state has different laws regulating mental health services across state lines regarding teleheath. And things have shifted with the current Covid 19 pandemic in many states.
The best thing to do is call and schedule a 15-minute discussion or send me an email to discuss your current resident state.
WHAT IF I DO ONE OR TWO SESSIONS, AND I DECIDE THAT I WANT TO SEE ANOTHER THERAPIST?
Counseling is not a popularity contest. It's about providing a safe place for clients with someone they can trust and feel comfortable discussing issues. My goal as a therapist is to make sure my clients receive the most appropriate assistance for their needs. If it seems it is not working out, it can be discussed and together figure out what other possibilities are available which may include referring to another therapist.