Marci, I’ve seen your quote, “everyone has a story to tell.” What’s yours?
What is the difference between you and other mental health providers?
How will I know if you’re the right therapist for me?
Which is better, in person or remote therapy?
Remote (or online) teletherapy has been around for less time than in person therapy. So far, the research has not been able to discern too much of a difference that one is preferable more efficacious than the other. I do know, that with teletherapy, many people who could not access or participate in therapy before, are now able to do so. I’m thinking of folks who live in rural areas without therapists or child care, agoraphobics, new moms, those lacking transportation, or have limited physical or sensory capabilities. Some people are initially anxious to talk to an online therapist, but find those feelings dissipate rather quickly, and do not notice the difference.
Describe your “ideal” patient.
For me, I’m not sure there is any such thing as my “ideal patient.” If a person seeks me out as their therapist, I imagine there is something or some things about me and/or my approach that resonates with them. So, if that initial “connection” is mutual AND hopeful, and there is enough for both of us to want to work and learn together as a team, that’s pretty close to ideal for me.
What can I expect from therapy?
You don’t prescribe medication. Why?
However, of course, there is a place and (often) a need for the use of medication in psychiatry. I am totally supportive of this.
I can refer you to licensed, quality prescribers in every state I practice. If you are already working with one, it would be my pleasure to collaborate with that professional, to ensure you receive consistent care.
What theoretical background do you use?
I am an eclectic therapist. This means that I use my experience and evidence based techniques that I have learned in my last 40 years of practice. In other words, I am not “wedded” to one particular theory, technique, or style. Of course, technical proficiency and skills are important requirements. But I believe, at the heart of my profession, psychiatric nursing, is the work that occurs in the context of the developing, trusting, and safe relationship between us – you, my patient, and me, your therapist.
Will you be available if I need help in a crisis?
What about your fees and insurance?
There are several (secure) ways to pay electronically for my services. Visa, Mastercard, credit, and debit cards are accepted, as well as Venmo, PayPal and IvyPay.
I am in network with BCBS, CareFirst, Florida Blue PPO, Highmark, Oscar, Oxford, Optum, Cigna, United, Aetna and Tricare. I also accept Idaho, Montana, and Maryland Medicaid. If you are insured with one of these providers, I will submit claims directly for you.
If you are out of network, I request payment and will provide you with a SuperBill to submit to your insurance company for payment.
Private pay is also welcome.
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