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  • What services do you offer?
    Anna's Alcove offers individual psychotherapy, group therapy, community groups, and workshops for adults ages 18 and over. Click on Approach for more information.
  • Do you work with children?
    No, Anna's Alcove services are only available to people ages 18 and older.
  • Do you offer couple or family counseling?
    No, but we sometimes offer groups and workshops for couples and families.
  • What groups or workshops are available now?
    Summer 2024 groups are full. Check back (or subscribe to the newsletter) for information on therapy groups that will begin in the Fall of 2024.
  • Can I come into your office for my appointment?
    Yes, Anna's Alcove is located in Lansdale, PA, just outside of Philadelphia, in an accessible office suite with free off street parking and easy access to public transportation.
  • Do you offer Telehealth in my state?
    Telehealth therapy is available in Pennsylvania and Georgia. You must be in one of these states to receive teletherapy through Anna's Alcove. Some workshops and community groups are available internationally. Many of our groups and workshops are in person only.
  • Can I speak with you before I schedule an appointment?
    All potential clients of Anna's Alcove are required to participate in a brief phone screening to determine appropriateness for outpatient therapy before scheduling an intake assessment. Some workshops also require a phone screening before registration. This helps to assure that you are getting the best care possible for your unique healing journey, as what I have to offer is not the right fit for all people all the time. I welcome your questions!
  • Do you offer psychological testing?
    No, but I do diagnose many of the conditions listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Psychological testing is comprehensive and often includes records review (e.g., medical, educational, occupational, legal), formal psychological or neuropsychological testing including IQ, and interviews with corroborative sources such as family members, friends, teachers, and others. I may use any number of standardized assessment tools to help us both understand your experience and determine the path that's most likely to be helpful for you, but this does not constitute a full psychological assessment and is not sufficient for diagnosing experiences like ADHD or Autism Spectrum.
  • Do you diagnose?
    Yes, as a Licensed Professional Counselor I am able to diagnose many of the conditions listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). However, mental health diagnosis is as much an art as it is a science. We all have biases and we all have more to learn. You are more than your symptoms. Diagnosis can be very helpful in understanding your experience and determining a helpful path forward, but this is only one piece of the much larger puzzle that is you.
  • How long will I be in therapy?
    The length of treatment is entirely dependent on your presenting needs and personal goals. Relatively minor distress can often be resolved with 6 months or less of weekly individual counseling sessions. Many of my clients present with complex trauma and a host of related concerns that may require up to several years of treatment. For most people, weekly therapy provides the best results. Group therapy offers different benefits from individual therapy. Many people find that participating in both group and individual therapy helps to move things along much more quickly than either one alone.
  • How do I schedule an appointment?
    Contact me through this website or by phone to set up a free 15 minute consultation. I need to speak directly with the person seeking services: you cannot schedule an appointment for a child, partner, friend, etc. We'll arrange a time to talk so that we can both ask some questions to determine if I'm likely to be a good fit for you at this time. Once we've scheduled your intake appointment, I'll set you up on my client portal and you will have some paperwork to complete online before your first session.
  • Do you accept my insurance?
    No, I do not accept any insurance. Some people have very reasonable "out-of-network" coverage. If you would like to use your health insurance, please call your insurance provider and ask them about out-of-network benefits. I do not bill insurance, but I'm happy to provide you with a receipt for you to submit for possible reimbursement. Payment is due at the time of service via credit, debit, HSA, or FSA card.
  • How much can I expect to pay?
    Individual therapy: $165 for a 45-50 minute session $245 for a 60-80 minute session Group and workshop rates vary and can be estimated at: $60 for a 60-90 minute session I offer a limited number of reduced rate slots for people that cannot afford the full fee. I’m a therapist because I believe in therapy. I also recognize that financial insecurity can have a profound impact on mental health – I have plenty of firsthand experience with this. Please call to inquire about sliding scale if finances are your only barrier to participation. I have established a standard rate for services that I believe reflects the value of what I have to offer. My reduced rates are based on a “pay what you can” model. Basically, I trust my clients to tell me what they can afford to pay in the event that my full rate isn’t manageable for them. Unfortunately, I can’t accommodate every budget and I need to limit the number of reduced rate clients that I see at any given time. (Click here to read more about the costs associated with working as a psychotherapist). When a person is offered a reduced rate (anything less than the rates listed above), this rate will be valid for 12 months beginning on the first date of service. I ask that people let me know if their financial situation improves and they can pay my full fee, or something closer to it, so that someone else who may not have been able to afford therapy otherwise can do so. At the end of a 12-month period of reduced fees, we discuss what you can afford and what I can accommodate, and come to a decision together about what you will be charged for services during the next 12-month period. Military veterans and active service members may be eligible for significant financial assistance for individual therapy through The Headstrong Project. Rates are subject to change. Existing clients are notified at least one month in advance of any changes. ​
  • Why is therapy so expensive and why don't you take insurance?
    Great questions! There are many unseen costs associated with psychotherapy practice. In addition to basic expenses like rent, utilities, office equipment and office supplies, our ongoing expenses include: licensure and certification renewal fees, required continuing education to maintain licensure, liability insurance, multiple types of consultation (legal, business, tax, clinical, and educational), tax payments, HIPAA compliant medical record systems, therapy specific supplies, and specialized advanced trainings to maintain the highest quality of care possible. In addition to the expenses listed above (and that is not a comprehensive list), much of a therapist's time is unpaid. We spend time preparing for each session, reviewing your progress and needs, reflecting on how best to help you, obtaining consultation/training, and completing documentation. We conduct initial, free phone consultations with every potential client, many of whom do not go on to participate in paid services. And we take time for self-care, which is essential for any therapist who seeks to be fully present and engaged during psychotherapy or group sessions. Insurance dictates how much a therapist gets paid for their time and what type and duration of treatment can be provided. Billing insurance requires additional unpaid time, including time spent justifying care or disputing erroneously unpaid claims. Many providers need to hire additional staff to manage insurance claims and authorizations, which adds another significant operating expense.

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