Gleam Counseling
Frequently Asked Questions

How do we get started?

Click here, call, or email me. Once you reach out, we will schedule a ten to fifteen minute phone consultation. During our consult, I hope to learn what's bringing you to counseling, and answer any of your questions. Following our conversation, if Gleam Counseling is appropriate and we mutually believe we are a good fit, we will find a day and time to book an appointment. I will then send you electronic paperwork to be completed before our first meeting.

How much does it cost?

The fee for a 50-minute session is $130 and a 80-minute session (often recommended for couples and intakes) is $200.

Do you accept insurance?

I do not. However, while I am not in-network with any insurance companies, many insurance plans provide out of network mental health coverage. For clients that wish to use their insurance and have out of network coverage, I can provide statements they can submit to their insurance companies for partial reimbursement. If you are unsure if you have out-of-network benefits, I recommend calling your insurance company directly. Important questions to ask are, "What are my mental health benefits", "What is my deductible or what is my out-of-pocket max", and "Do you cover session code 90834?".

*Filing a claim is the client’s responsibility & insurance reimbursements are subject to your individual plan and benefits

Good Faith Estimate: Can I request an estimate for cost of services?

Yes, per the No Surprises Act (see below), you have the right to an estimate explaining how much your mental health care will cost. You will be provided a Good Faith Estimate when you sign up for services and any other time you request one, including before signing up for services. We recommend at least 3 sessions, the average number of sessions at Gleam Counseling is 12, and the exact number you will need depends on your individual circumstances and needs.

“Right to Receive a Good Faith Estimate of Expected Charges” Under the No Surprises Act

Instructions Under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act, health care providers and health care facilities are required to inform individuals who are not enrolled in a plan or coverage or a Federal health care program, or not seeking to file a claim with their plan or coverage both orally and in writing of their ability, upon request or at the time of scheduling health care items and services, to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” of expected charges.

  • Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.
  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services.
  • You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service.
  • If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

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Am I a candidate for therapy?

Yes. Since no life is without loss and struggle, a place to process your experience can be extremely beneficial for all human beings. I primarily work with women, men, and couples who are generally high functioning and are seeking support with relational issues, grief, anxiety, depression, self awareness, and stress. I am affirming of all races, genders, sexualities, religions and political parties. If you are longing for a life that feels wholehearted, centered, and rested you are in the right place.

How does scheduling work?

Once we schedule your initial appointment, I highly recommend at least bi-weekly sessions. Like all beautiful things, the growth that comes from therapy requires commitment and consistency. It can be helpful to have a have a standing appointment day, and time, scheduled in advance. However, appointments can also be made at the end of each session. I will accommodate your schedule to the best of my ability.

How long does therapy last?

Length of time in therapy varies greatly between clients based on their issues and preference. At therapy's end clients should feel steady, known to themselves, empowered to live with their unique authenticity, consistently applying developed skills to aid fulfillment in daily life- loving themselves, and others well.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you are not able to keep your appointment, I require a 24-hour notice. If this is not possible, you will be charged the regular session fee. Sickness and emergencies are exempted at my discretion. I will not charge your card without first attempting to contact you.

Do you see couples?

Yes. I work with partners at any life stage- dating, premarital, married, and long term partnerships.

What is the Gottman Method?

I am trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy involves a structured assessment phase: 1st session: both partners for 80 min and they will be required to take the online Relationship Checkup through the Gottman network. 2nd session: each partner will be seen for 50 min after completing the Checkup. 3rd session: both partners for 80 min to discuss the results of the Relationship Checkup and my assessment of issues to be addressed. We will begin treatment planning at this point.

Subsequent sessions may vary between 50-80 min depending on need and will be discussed prior to scheduling.

How does confidentiality work?

All information shared within our session will be held in the strictest confidence, unless you give written consent for me to share information with a third party. The exceptions to this policy are if I become aware that you are suicidal or homicidal, or if there is any instance of unreported child or elder abuse.