Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for some of my frequently asked questions and answers.
Q: Are you doing sessions in-person?
A: No, not yet. I am currently doing sessions only via my secure telehealth platform; I will be returning to in-person sessions part-time, likely in the spring, but have not yet decided a return date.
Q: Do you see children or adolescents?
A: No, I do not see individuals under the age of 17.5 years old.
Q: I don’t have an insurance plan you currently accept. Can I still see you?
A: Yes, possibly. Out of pocket is always an option, and many insurances allow what is referred to as out-of-network reimbursement and billing. If your insurance allows OON reimbursement (typically allowed if your plan is PPO, less typical if you have an HMO), I can provide a “superbill” once the session is paid for, and you can submit this to your insurance company for reimbursement according to the plan you have with them. You would just need to look at your insurance benefits and/or confirm with your insurance plan that this is allowed.
Q: I was given a phone number for you that doesn’t work. What’s the deal?
A: Xfinity, my former phone provider, goofed and cancelled my previous phone line without notice; apologies! Please see the updated phone number on my website currently for the best way to reach me by phone, or use the Contact Me form below to send me an email.
Q: Can I see you if I am currently living or vacationing out of state?
A: That depends on the state where you are physically located; licensing depends on where YOU are located, not where I am located. If you are visiting California for vacation and want to do a telehealth session, I will need to be licensed/have permission from the California state licensing board to see you while you are there. Many states have provisions to allow temporary sessions for travelling clients, but typically these are time limited (only X sessions per year) or require me to provide advance notice to receive permission, so please inform me if you plan to travel and wish to see me during your time out of Michigan.
Q: Are you a participating member of PsyPact?
A: I currently have an application pending with PsyPact, which allows licensed psychologists with an EPassport to follow and conduct teletherapy with existing clients to these participating member states. Please contact me for an update if you are someone who travels frequently and needs that flexibility to engage in regular psychotherapy.
Q: How do I log in to the telehealth sessions?
A: You can either go to the client portal and login to see the unique URL associated with that session, or you can go to your email to find the link; it should be contained within your email reminders for that session.
Q: I see that you offer trauma therapy; what specific approaches for trauma therapy do you use? Do you offer EMDR?
A: I offer both Prolonged Exposure therapy for trauma (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma (CPT). Both are evidence-based methods of helping you to overcome your PTSD and make peace with your trauma(s). However, it is worth noting that whether these treatments will be right for you (or even right for you right now) is always something I evaluate before we start this type of work. It is sometimes necessary to work on other things before trauma work can be started effectively.
I do not offer EMDR at the present time; while EMDR has evidence to support its effectiveness for trauma specifically, the treatment has remained somewhat controversial within the psychological community as the theoretical basis for EMDR has not held up well in basic research. See here for a good recap of these issues. If you are specifically looking for EMDR, I can offer referrals to other providers in the area who do provide this treatment approach.