FAQ


 
What is your style as a psychotherapist?
 
Usually, when people ask this, they are wondering whether I am passive or active in sessions and throughout the therapy process. I would describe myself as a client-centered therapist, meaning that you are the person who sets the agenda. While this requires deep listening and understanding, I am also an active participant. You have hired me for my expertise. I actively pass on the tools and knowledge I have acquired over the years. When you leave our work together, you will be well equipped to continue your growth. I have studied many approaches and styles of psychotherapy, too numerous to mention here. While exploring my website, I think you will get a good feel for the styles that have influenced me, as well as for my values and my approach to psychotherapy.

 
Are you taking new people? 

 
To find out about available appointment times, please call my office, 734 665 2397. You can email to see if I am taking new clients, but I am hesitant to conduct much business via email, due to problems in the cyber world. If you reach a machine, please leave a message. I attempt to answer every call in less than 24 hours, except when I am out of town, which will be noted on my answering machine. So, if you do not hear back from me, please assume I did not get you message and call again.
 

What times of day do you have appointments?
 
I have appointments Monday through Friday. Each day I vary the appointment times, which maximizes options for people. Currently, my last appointment time is 6:10pm. I do not have in- person appointments over the weekends. I find that when a person wants to work with me, we usually find a time that mutually works.


 
How much do you charge?
 
I am glad to discuss my rates with you by phone. The cost varies, depending upon the services for which you are looking. I am aware of the value of your dollars and do everything on my end to maximize the value you get for your money.


 
Do you have a sliding scale?
 
When money is an obstacle to seeking help with me, I am as flexible as I can be. Options include payment plans, partial or deferred payment, and credit card payments.


 
Do you take my Insurance?
 
I work with any insurance company that will reimburse you for MSW therapy in private practice. I have the highest credentials of my profession. How it works is: you pay me, I give you receipts and you submit those to your insurance company for reimbursement. Because each person’s policy is different, I do not know if your insurance will cover me. By conscious choice, I have decided not to participate in any managed care or preferred provider panels. I believe that the benefit of being an independent practitioner positively affects my treatment. One example is that you and I will determine the number of sessions that you need and the approaches used. I am happy to discuss other reasons, if asked.


 
How do I find out if my insurance company will cover you?
 
Since each insurance policy is different, you must contact your health insurance representative and ask the following questions:

  • Do you cover Clinical MSW social workers in private practice?
  • If so, how many sessions do you cover and at what percentage rate is your coverage? This will give you the information you need to make an informed choice.


 
Do you qualify for my company’s health savings plan?
 
Yes. How it works is that you estimate your psychotherapy costs for the year at the beginning of your eligibility period. Many companies, like the University of Michigan, give employees the option to set aside money for health care at pretax dollars, which saves you what ever percentage rate you pay in taxes.


 
May I use therapy expenses as a legitimate IRS medical deduction?
 

Yes, if your total medical expenses are high enough to meet the IRS criteria for medical deductions, you may deduct all psychotherapy costs.