Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What ages do you treat?

A: Children, adolescents, and adults

Q: What conditions or disorders do you treat?

A: All anxiety and obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders as well as many related conditions including:

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Social anxiety disorder

  • Panic disorder

  • Agoraphobia

  • Specific phobias

  • Separation anxiety disorder

  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • Selective mutism

  • Body focused repetitive behavior disorders (BFRBs) like trichotillomania and excoriation disorder (hair pulling and skin picking)

  • Tourette syndrome and tic disorders

  • Depressive disorders, eating disorders, and some externalizing disorders (behavior problems)

Q: What is CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)?

A: CBT is a short-term, solution focused therapeutic approach that can be highly effective for a number of symptoms and problems. It is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected, and symptoms arise from problematic patterns among them. For an excellent introduction, see ADAA’s explanation here.

Q: Do you take insurance?

A: No. See my Fees and Policies for more information

Q: Why don’t you take insurance?

A: There are three main reasons why I don’t take insurance. First, contracting with insurance companies means that someone else can determine what treatment looks like. I believe that you and I are in the best position to determine how frequently and how long sessions should be to get maximum benefit, and limitations imposed by insurance companies can compromise treatment. Second, insurance companies require and keep certain information from clinical records. Not contracting with insurance companies allows for individuals to have greater privacy and control over their protected health information. Finally, I believe that my professional time is better spent working directly with individuals or behind the scenes preparing for treatment sessions or contributing to the field of psychology through other scholarly endeavors.

Q: Do you do televideo or phone sessions?

A: Yes, in some circumstances.