Providing Psychotherapy in Wisconsin & Pennsylvania
I provide psychotherapy by telephone and/or video-conferencing. Many people find that these virtual platforms offer flexibility, privacy, convenience and during the pandemic, health safety. Licensure regulations for the practice of psychology require that I limit my service to states where I am licensed. I am licensed in Wisconsin or Pennsylvania. However, I will become credentialed shortly in a number of other states where I can provide telehealth services. So stay tuned for more….
Information for Wisconsin Residents
Once upon a time there was a brick and mortar building where I would meet some of my clients in person. My private practice office pins me in close proximity to downtown Milwaukee, the East Side of Milwaukee near Marquette and UW Milwaukee Universities. My office is easily accessible from points north and south via Lake Drive and route 794, points west via route 94. Street parking is available without charge. The new “Hop” Streetcar stops at Cathedral Square, as well as Jackson & Juneau, both a short walk, making travel from the Third and Fifth Wards easy!
Information for Pennsylvania Residents
If you are from Pennsylvania, rest assured. I did some of my graduate work in Philadelphia; I know Lancaster well, and my psychoanalytic training Institute is in Pittsburgh. I feel very at home with you in either state.
I frequently see individuals who want to meet virtually due to the privacy of the work, and ease of access.
For some indivIduals the surety that insurers do not have access to your record helps you to feel more comfortable and deepen your therapy as you feel confident to do so.
I work with you to establish times for the “frame“ of our work. The “frame” is a term used for our agreement about how we will work together. We decide on: 1) frequency of sessions and when those sessions will take place; 2) session fees and form of payment; 3) cancellations and how they are handled, and; 4) where we will meet. I am using a HIPAA compliant video platform, or if you prefer, we can meet by telephone. I see people in psychotherapy once weekly and with more frequency for psychoanalytic processes.
Sessions are on a fee-for-service basis. I may offer fee adjustment as appropriate. I am able to provide you with a fee statement (called a “Superbill”) if you would like to submit session charges to your insurer for reimbursement. Payment would come to you according to your policy coverage. I recommend that you contact your health insurance company so that you are fully informed about what you may receive for benefit coverage and the terms of your policy reimbursement.
I accept payment by credit card, HSA, FSA at the time of service.
Why Pay for Therapy Out-Of-Pocket?
I was an in-network provider with insurances for many decades and have seen how some insurer involvement in the therapy process may compromise your ability to decide the best course of treatment. I have seen therapy curtailed by insurers. It is better for you if you and I decide what kind of therapy you might benefit from, and we, not your insurer decide when you have reached yours goals.
I discuss your therapy goals with you, make recommendations, and we talk about treatment options without a third party dictating the plan. I also believe that your privacy and confidentiality are essential to the work. I realize that an investment in your mental health and well-being is a big decision; I have worked with many, many, clients committed to a process where they have the choice and freedom to complete their therapy in their own time, not on insurers’ terms and time frame.