Frequently Asked Questions
It is often helpful to clients/patients who have their questions answered at the start of treatment. You may contact my office at 412-710-2966 or send me an email at [email protected] Some of your questions may also be answered below.
COUNSELING & FAMILY CONSULTATION
Do you see online clients or long-distance clients for therapy?
Unfortunately, at this time, I do not. However, there are some clients I do make exceptions for based on their specific situation. For example, I have seen a client in person for over a year and when I moved practice locations, she could not see me in person as often. I began seeing her 1x per month in-person while seeing her online for the remaining 3 weeks of the month. I also see online clients who are struggling with severe anxiety or have a physical/medical disability. The only thing I ask with these clients is for written proof (to keep in the medical record) that they are unable to come to the office. If you have specific questions about this and would like for me to consider seeing you for online therapy, please return to the home page and email me.
Is there any way that I could speak with you for guidance?
I offer consultations at a flat rate for 30, 45, and 60 minutes. Please contact me at the information above for further information on family consultations.
What kind of clients do you see?
I tend to see children (ages 5-11), teens (ages 13-17), and young adults (ages 18-24). I do provide counseling to some adults (depending on the situation) and parents who need help coping with changes within their families, with their own health, career adjustments, etc. I also see families together for family therapy.
What insurance do you take?
I currently take ALL insurance policies in PA. However, there are some specific plans, Employee Assistance Programs, or private insurance plans I may not take. Please confirm with me at the time of scheduling your appointment. Although I am licensed in OH as well, I do not currently take insurance under that state. Current plans include:
-CHIP/UPMC For Kids
_Blue Cross, Blue Shield
-Aetna Better Health
-UPMC For You
What is your therapy like?
Please see my “about me” and “my counseling approach” page for information.
Do you offer free sessions?
There are times when I will strongly consider providing “free” or pro-bono sessions. In cases where I would provide pro-bono services the following must be occurring: loss of employment, difficulty with billing or insurance, billing issues that are the result of my actions or changes in my office, and/or crisis management.
Can my copayment be waived?
I do understand the stress associated with trying to manage financial health. As a result, I offer a sliding scale fee structure with flat rates for those not using insurance. For those using insurance, things are a bit more tricky because of the contract associated with your membership. Unfortunately, copayments are not able to be waived or paid in installments. This is a contractual issue with your insurance company.
Can I refer my friend and her family to you?
Absolutely! I am always happy to provide community support. If there is someone you know who could benefit from specialized services, please have them contact my office and leave a voicemail at 412-710-2966.
Do you offer JUST family therapy? What if I only want family therapy?
Yes. I am trained in child, adolescent, and family counseling. I provide trauma-based and general mental health services to families. My family sessions consist of incorporating all individuals in one room to discuss family challenges. Before the family session is scheduled, I like to meet individually with each member to discuss the family dynamic.
Do you offer assistance for custody-related needs?
No. I am not an agent of the court and do not provide forensic-based services. I provide counseling to families going through divorce and family custody-related issues. However, I do not provide written letters, evaluations, or any other court-related service. I would be happy to refer you to those within my network.
Do you provide supervision for counselors in Pennsylvania looking to get their own license?
Absolutely! Please return to the home page and scroll down to the bottom of the page for further details.
How much do you charge and why?
I believe in helping others become good counselors. Sadly, there are a lot of bad therapists in the world and supervision provides me with the opportunity to help someone grow. As a result, my fee is based on this viewpoint and is a flat rate of $50 per supervision meeting. If you would need 2 hours for every 40 hours worked, the fee will still be $50.
ABOUT MY SOCIAL MEDIA
What do you do outside of therapy and how would you describe yourself?
Outside of therapy I enjoy engaging in self-exploration, spiritual exploration, and engaging my faith through music, writing, or scripture reading. Aside from this, I am a writer, author, reader, Believer, “certified worry–er,” “introvert,” student of life, perfectionist, Zumba lover, interior designer, a fanatic of music, and a pretty good cook!
Why do you go by Therapist-Tee on social media?
When I worked in a juvenile delinquency school and residential facility, many of my adolescent clients began referring to me as “Therapist-Tee.” At the time, they thought it was a “cool therapist” name. The name has become an online name of endearment in some ways.
Where can I find your books and are you writing more?
In 2012, a year after graduating graduate school, I decided to compile all of the work I did in school including organizing some of my own experiences into a project that eventually turned into a book. You can find this book anywhere online where books are sold, but the most popular place is Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You can get both a paperback and e-Nook version.
Stay tuned for my next book on suicide and teenagers. If you subscribe to this website, you will get an alert once the new book is published.