What is counseling?

The American Counseling Association (ACA) defines counseling as “a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.” It is a collaborative effort between a trained clinician and a client who seeks assistance in addressing particular concerns. The therapeutic relationship is a unique one in which each party has certain rights and responsibilities. Ideally this results in greater insight and reduced distress. You must be willing to experience uncomfortable feelings and do work outside of scheduled sessions in order to make improvements.

What can I expect during my first session?

Once you schedule your first meeting, you will be sent a link to complete a secure consent form and intake paperwork online. The initial intake session will focus on getting to know you and understanding your specific concerns. During the first part of our meeting, I will review important information about the professional practice of counseling and the therapeutic relationship. You will be asked a number of questions, but there are no “right” or “wrong” answers. At the conclusion of our meeting, I will provide you with recommendations regarding ongoing counseling and/or other treatment. The initial intake usually lasts between 60-75 minutes. Individual counseling sessions thereafter are usually 50 minutes in length.

Do you have support groups?

Not yet, but coming soon! Groups are not only cost-effective for clients, they can also provide unique benefits that cannot be achieved in individual therapy alone. I am in the process of collaborating with other mental health professionals, community organizers, and religious leaders to determine specific areas of need. I hope to offer support groups for families of transgender individuals and an affirming faith group for LGBTQ+ people. Please message me if there is another group you would like to see.

Do you write HRT and surgery letters for transgender individuals?

Yes, I am able to write support letters for those seeking hormones and/or surgery as part of their gender transition. Though seeking services is not a guarantee of receiving a letter, I follow the WPATH model of informed consent which does not require a minimum number of sessions. Currently, a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is necessary before medical providers will prescribe HRT or perform surgery.

Do you take insurance?

No, not at this time. I currently operate as a self-pay practice, meaning I do not take insurance, though I may do so in the future. In the meantime, I am happy to provide printed invoices or superbills that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Many clients have a flexible spending account (FSA) through their employer which can be used to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses such as mental health care. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, personal check, and cash can be accepted for payment.

How much do you cost?

The standard rate per session is $125. An initial 15 minute telephone consultation is free.

Do you offer a reduced rate?

Yes. Please see the Service & Rates page for more information.

Do you offer online therapy?

Not yet, but coming soon! I anticipate integrating limited tele-therapy services for established clients later in 2019. I am currently researching the most user-friendly and secure platforms for this service.

Private practice therapist in College Park