Core Values & Beliefs of Inspired Life, LCSW PLLC
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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good fit for you?
I am a specialist who will weave research, neuroscience, and the human touch into your counseling experience. In a comfortable, structured setting, I will compassionately support you as you work out your thoughts and emotions and learn to communicate them to others with confidence and calm. I aim to inform, encourage and equip you to live out the vision you desire for your life.
What are the benefits of therapy?
Everyone responds differently to the chaos of life events. In many cases, professional guidance can quicken the process of adjustment. My experience allows me to help clients in reconciling the past, maintaining hope in the present, and gracefully seizing the future with joy. These benefits can apply to anyone.
Are counseling services confidential?
Yes, all client-counselor conversations are private and confidential. As a licensed clinical social worker, I follow the professional ethical standards of the states of New York and Florida and the National Association of Social Workers. Only in rare exceptions, when the safety of a client or another is at risk and state law allows, can disclosure of confidential client-therapist information take place.
The law protects the relationship between a client and a counselor, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
What states do you practice in?
Currently, I am licensed to practice in the states of New York and Florida.
Can you prescribe medications?
No, only physicians, psychiatrists, physicians’ assistants, and nurse practitioners can prescribe medications in New York and Florida. If you already have a relationship with a physician, I would be happy to consult with them.
How long does a counseling session take?
Individual sessions are typically scheduled for 50–100 minutes and most people see me once a week or twice a month for consistent progress to be made. Couples sessions vary as needed. In addition, I also provide individual and couples intensives for those who would like to work through their challenges in half day, full day, multiple day, or weekend sessions.
How long do I need to commit to therapy?
Therapy is a gradual process of healing. My goal is to help you feel better and be equipped to seize your ideal future. Committing to therapy is a personal experience, but it does not have to be long-term.
What should I do prior to the first appointment?
When a scheduled appointment is agreed upon, I will supply you with all the necessary guidance and paperwork.
What are your fees and insurance policies?
I do NOT accept any insurance; however, many insurance plans allow you to be reimbursed for out-of-network counseling services. Check with your insurance provider. You can pay for services with a credit card or Health Savings Account (HSA) and receive a receipt to submit for reimbursement. Currently, a 50-minute individual session starts at $175. Therapy is priceless, and healing and mental health are crucial to enjoying life to the fullest. So, please contact me for individual and couples counseling fees to see what your specific cost would be based on your reimbursement options.
What is the No Surprises Act?
Effective 1/1/2022, you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. 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 bill for medical items and services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees. This new law requires health care providers to give you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or 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. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 315-682-4005.
What is your cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be made Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm with at least 24-business-hours advance notice. Canceling on a weekend or holiday will NOT be considered an appropriate cancellation, as it breaches the 24 business hours advance notice. Same day cancellation is NOT acceptable.
If you are unable to cancel the appointment within the 24-hour cancellation policy, you will be responsible for the full fee of your session. Repeated late cancellations or missed appointments will be billed at the full fee and may result in termination of treatment. If you “no show” for an appointment, it is my policy to cancel all future scheduled appointments until the past due fees are paid in full. If I do not hear from you within three weeks of a canceled or missed appointment, it is my policy to terminate treatment.
What do I do in the event of an emergency?
If you are experiencing an emergency, please go to your nearest hospital, or call 911. I do not offer emergency nor 24/7 contact in this practice. Do not wait to connect with me.
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