What are your office hours?
I offer daytime appointments Monday through Friday and evening sessions Tuesday and Wednesday.
Where are you located?
I am an in-house practitioner at Home Collective, a wellness center and yoga studio in the up-and-coming suburb of Wheat Ridge, across from Bardo Coffee House on W. 38th Ave., just west of The Highlands/Berkeley Park/Northwest Denver. Focal Point Art Therapy + Counseling is my own practice, independent from Home Collective, but the bodyworkers and other therapists at HoCo strive to consult, collaborate, and refer so that we might offer our clients options for complimentary therapies and a team approach to holistic wellness.
Do you accept insurance for payment?
I am an in-network provider with Aetna, Cigna, Humana, and MINES and Associates.
For all other insurances, I can provide you with a statement of services (a “superbill”) that you may submit to your insurance provider for partial reimbursement if your plan covers services with out-of-network mental health providers.
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, check, major credit cards, and HSA/FSA (health savings account or flexible spending account) debit cards as forms of payment.
What do you charge?
I charge $125 for a 55 minute session, which is consistent with--even less than--rates typically charged by mid-career, experienced therapists with Master's degrees, specialized training in various modalities, and several credentials. I am a registered, board-certified art therapist--which requires a master's degree in art therapy, an exam, and continuing education training, (not just a few workshops in art therapy), and trained Sandplay therapist as well as a licensed psychotherapist. My training and credentialing expenses, art and Sandplay supplies, and level of experience is reflected in my rate, so you can rest assured there are concrete benefits of working with a therapist whose charges reflect what they have to offer.
If you are paying with in-network insurance, your fee will be either the contracted rate I have with the insurance company until your deductible is met or your co-pay (or co-insurance) if your deductible has been met or you don't have a co-pay under your plan. If you are going to be reimbursed by your insurance under an out-of-network benefit, you will pay my regular fee of $125 per session and then submit claims for partial reimbursement directly to your insurance company using the superbill I will provide after every 2-4 sessions.
What is your cancellation policy?
I require 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule and avoid a cancellation or no-show fee in the amount you normally pay for your session. If you do not provide at least 24 hours notice that you must cancel or need to reschedule a session, the cancellation fee will be charged, except in cases of emergency or sudden illness. I am often able to do an occasional phone session in place of an in-person session if minor illness or a scheduling conflict prevents you from traveling to my office.
Since you're an art therapist, do I have to make art?
While I may suggest ways to bring art-making or other forms of creative exploration and expression into your therapeutic work when I feel it may be helpful to you, if you would prefer to do exclusively verbal therapy, I am trained in a variety of verbal approaches and will work with you in the manner most comfortable for you.
How many sessions will I need?
While it is difficult to say up front how long it will take for you to be "finished" with counseling, if you prefer to plan for a brief series of sessions rather than an open-ended therapeutic process, a short-term treatment plan may be possible if clinically appropriate for your presenting problem. When I begin therapy with a client I don't always know where the process will lead for his or her best outcome, but if you are hoping to target only specific issues that can be adequately addressed in a few sessions, I am open to tailoring your experience to be brief. Different people use the therapeutic process differently, taking more or less time in each phase of the therapeutic process, and more or less time to build an effective working relationship with the therapist, and some mental health issues take more time to improve than others. What is most important is that we communicate with each other about your goals, your experience of therapy, and about what is and is not working for you throughout the process. If at any point you feel you would like to complete your work with me, or wish to do only a certain number of sessions from the beginning, I welcome conversations about how we might structure the process for your greatest benefit.
What if I have other questions?
Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you may have. I try to return all calls and emails within one business day.