- I see Individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment to difficult events, or other life transitions, such as job changes, new marriages, parenthood, divorce, health problems, and many other issues. Please see links to my therapeutic specialty areas: maternal mental health, perinatal / postpartum loss, and management of acute or chronic illness.
- I also work with individuals in Group settings. New groups are currently forming for New Mothers with Chronic Medical Conditions and a Purpose-Driven Change Group.
- I work with Couples facing new parenthood, considering divorce, and those who are seeking more happiness and satisfaction in their relationships, etc.
Please call my business phone number at 610-430-1430 or use the Contact page to reach me by email. I will try to respond to your contact within 24 hours on business days. Please note that most of my return calls are made in the evenings because I am generally scheduled with other patients all day.
I work with patients Monday through Thursday between 8 AM to 5 PM. I do not have any evening or weekend hours. All of my sessions are by appointment only. Please call 610-430-1430 to discuss new appointments.
Yes! I offer therapy services over a secure video conferencing site. This service is fully HIPPA compliant, easy to use, does not cost you any additional fees or require you to download any software, and is reimbursable by most insurers.
I am a Blue Cross Blue Shield provider in-network with the local Blue Cross. I accept most Pennsylvania and out-of-state plans, including Anthem, Highmark, Horizon, Federal Blue Cross, Capitol Blue Cross, Direct Blue, etc., but there are some exceptions.
Currently, I am not a Medicare provider. However, I am in the process of credentialing and hope to be soon.
I do NOT participate in other insurance plans, but I am happy to talk with you about options to work together out-of-network. Please contact me to discuss your situation, as sometimes individuals find that working with a provider out-of-network is at the same cost as an in-network provider if they have a high deductible plan.
All fees are due at the time of service. Individuals using their insurance are responsible for paying their copay, and/or any deductible, at the time that we meet for therapy. I accept checks and credit cards.
My standard fee is consistent with other therapists in this area. I am happy to speak with you directly about it. While I do not generally slide my rate, in light of the financial issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic, I may discount my fee for individuals experiencing serious financial hardship or limited access to care.
All cancellations must be at least 48 hours before a scheduled appointment to avoid a fee. The fee for a missed appointment or late cancellation is equivalent to the FULL rate of your appointment. Insurers do not pay for missed appointments or late cancellations, so you will be responsible for paying it yourself. All fees are due within 10 days or by the next appointment, whichever comes first.
While this may seem like a strict policy, it is important to understand why it is in place. When you do not show up for your appointment, that means that I may not be able to offer it to someone else who needs it. It also means that I will not be paid for it, and I rely on this income, just as you likely rely on your own paycheck. Additionally, missing, delaying, or canceling appointments is not therapeutically useful. It is difficult to make progress if you don’t show up.
Therapy doesn’t always have a fixed length of treatment. In short, it depends on what is going on with you, how long it has been a problem, and what your goals related to change are. If you are actively invested and attend regularly, most people start to see some improvement in their symptoms quickly, but to achieve lasting change it may take some time. I encourage everyone that I work with to talk with me regularly about their goals for treatment and the course of care. We are in this together.
When you see a psychologist, everything we discuss is private and treated just like any other medical record that you have; however, just like all of your other medical records, there are still some exceptions and limitations. For instance, if you use insurance to pay for your treatment, insurers have a right to view information from your medical records and require a diagnosis to verify medical necessity. In some instances, if you are involved in litigation, others may have the right to subpoena your medical records for access. And, you may choose to release your rights to allow limited individuals or entities to view your medical records for specific reasons, for instance, to obtain life insurance or to coordinate care.
Additionally, if you give me information that suggests that there is an immediate likelihood that you might seriously harm yourself or another, or if you are potentially involved in the harm of a child, I am obligated by law and ethical standards to try to protect you or that other identified individual, which may involve releasing identifying information or medical records. All of this information is available in my new patient enrollment forms and can be discussed with me at your request.
My business phone number is 610-430-1430 and a contact form is also on my website to reach me by email.
Do not attempt to reach me in an emergency this way. If you need to reach me urgently, all of my patients are provided with my cell phone number. In an emergency, you should either contact emergency services by calling 911, go to your nearest hospital emergency room, or call the Chester County Mental Health Emergency Services at Valley Creek Crisis Center 610-280-3270 or 610-918-2100 or 877-918-2100. They are available 24 hours / 7 days a week to evaluate mental health emergencies and to provide different treatment options and interventions, including hospitalization.