Frequently Asked Questions

I know personally how vulnerable it can feel to start therapy. That’s why I bring optimism, hope, perseverance, and compassion to my clinical work and will walk alongside you in your journey to greater insight, self-awareness, and growth.

With this in mind, I offer completely free consultation calls so we can start getting to know each other and discover how I can be of service. I will explain whether I would be a good fit for your unique needs, can explain the therapeutic process, and answer any questions you might have. If you would prefer to read, you can also learn a little bit more about me on this website as well.

In order to arrange your consultation, please fill out my contact form or reach out by email to info@polaris-psychology.com.

  • Individual psychotherapy: $238 (60 minutes)
  • Psychological Assessment: Variable
    We offer several different types of psychological assessments, each of which has a different scope and price point. If you are interested in assessment, please get in touch so that we can provide appropriate pricing for your specific testing needs.

No, I do not accept insurance at this time.

If you would still like to work with your insurance, your insurance may provide some reimbursement. To help, I can provide a monthly “superbill” that you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

In order to provide you with the most effective care, time and freedom are needed. Therapy is not cookie-cutter, and a personalized and tailored approach for your needs is provided at the practice.

When participating with some insurance companies, providers may be restricted by the length and frequency of sessions, caseload requirements, and reimbursement difficulties. This may require additional time spent contacting insurance companies, which can be better spent in sessions with you and your loved ones or deepening our services through research and training opportunities.

By seeing an out-of-network provider, it might mean that you will have to pay for some or all of the treatment. However, staying out of network allows the practice to continue to have more availability with scheduling and see you sooner.

I can provide a monthly “superbill” that you may submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

To find out what your insurance may cover, contact your insurance and ask if you have out-of-network mental health coverage.

You may also want to mention the type of license that I have to ensure services with my type of credential are covered. I am a licensed clinical psychologist.

Other things you may want to ask about are:

  • What your deductible is
  • What your co-insurance payment will be
  • How many visits you get per year
  • If you need authorization for your visits
  • Details on how to submit a superbill

Contact me if you would like more guidance on how to figure out what your insurance will cover.

At first glance, therapy can seem expensive. Do the costs justify the potential benefits? It may help to think of the costs of therapy this way: research suggests that, although there are no guarantees, many people achieve meaningful, lasting results after 10-12 sessions of therapy. The cost for those sessions is about what you’d expect to pay for a low-end sofa/loveseat combo! So, would you rather be rid of whatever ails you, or have a new couch?

Yes! Recent research suggests that the average person receiving marital therapy, for example, is significantly better off than 84% of those who don’t seek treatment, and that treatment gains are generally sustained over time. In fact, the “effect size” (a statistic that essentially says how well some method of treatment works) for marital therapy is higher than the effect size for coronary bypass surgery for angina! In other words, if you get quality marriage counseling, your marriage has a better chance of succeeding than your angina has of being treated successfully through coronary bypass surgery! There is similar research about the effectiveness of the individual therapy approaches that I use.

That said, neither we nor any other therapists can guarantee positive results. Much of that depends on how you apply what you learn in counseling, whether the therapist’s techniques, values, etc. are a good fit with you, whether the therapist knows and believes in what he/she is doing, and so forth.

We strive to have therapy feel like a safe place to explore your difficulties. Our clients often mention that they appreciate feeling safe and supported, yet challenged and stretched as well. Even though we have an extensive knowledge of the approaches listed below, you will feel like we are working with you rather than doing things to you.

Reference: Shadish, W. R., & Baldwin, S. A. (2002). Meta-analysis of MFT interventions. In D. H. Sprenkle (Ed.), Effectiveness research in marriage and family therapy (pp. 339-370). Alexandria, VA: American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

After our initial contact via telephone or email, you’ll be given the password to complete the intake paperwork found on your therapist’s page prior to the first session.

The first session typically consists primarily of you telling your therapist what you need help with. Your clinician will ask several questions throughout the first session to help get a picture of your situation, but at first he or she will mostly be listening to you. Think of it like your first visit to a medical doctor or a mechanic – they’re mostly listening to what you’re saying is wrong so they can help.

Many people find a lot of relief even in the first session! From there, we will collaborate together on what changes need to happen to best help you. Therapy may be very active with lots of reflection, homework, etc. or fairly passive while you explore your situation. It all depends on what you and your clinician think is best.

Yes! The benefits of modern technology allow for psychotherapy to be administered over encrypted video conferencing, providing added convenience and security, all from the comfort of home. We are currently offering 100% telepsychology services.

We are licensed to practice 100% online telehealth appointments from anywhere in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

No. At this time, we do not have any staff members trained to prescribe medication. If medication is something you are considering, the practice will be more than happy to provide appropriate referrals for you to explore your options. If you are on medication, with your permission, we will work collaboratively with the prescriber to provide the best treatment possible for you. In some cases, a combination of medication and psychotherapy has shown to be an effective course for treatment

Yes! Your information and confidentiality are taken very seriously. All software utilized is HIPAA-compliant and includes Business Associate Agreements (BAAs).

However, as with any technology, the software is not without risks and appropriate precautions should be taken. You are encouraged to use a secure and password protect internet connection, and to password protect your information, apps, and electronic devices.

Of important note, the practice and some staff members do have an online presence on social media and the internet. At no time will a member of the practice follow, friend, or communicate with individuals that are current or former patients of the practice. Individuals who decide to utilize social media accounts that are connected with the practice should be aware of the risks involved in regard to confidentiality and do so at their own risk.

We provide completely free initial consultation!