I provide individual therapy for adults ages 18+. The first few sessions of therapy will serve as an evaluation of your needs. This is a time when you can share information about your personal background and the reasons for which you decided to seek psychotherapy. Following this evaluation process, an initial impression will be provided as well as ideas as to what the therapeutic process and our work together will look like. Because the professional relationship between a psychotherapist and a client is so important to having a successful outcome, this evaluation period will also allow you to determine whether you desire to continue working together. Likewise, if I feel that your needs would be better suited by another therapist or agency, I may refer you to them instead.
Duration and frequency of therapy largely depend on the severity of problems for which you are seeking treatment, as well as the amount of time and energy you wish to devote to the process. Sessions are normally scheduled for 60 minutes at an agreed upon time. For the best outcome, it is recommended that sessions be attended on a regular basis, which may be twice weekly, weekly or bi-monthly depending on your needs at the time.
Transgender and Gender Dysphoria Support Groups
I offer two separate support groups: one for (trans)men and one for (trans)women. These groups are for individuals who identify as transgender or are contemplating whether they are transgender. The groups are open to anyone regardless of where they are in the change process (from contemplation to post-surgery). The groups provide a confidential, safe, nonjudgmental, compassionate environment where individuals can discuss their experience and concerns with others who are in the same situation. We also occasionally have speakers who share their personal experience or provide information on community resources. The groups are small and meet once a month in the evening. If you are interested, please contact me at 816-694-0200 to schedule a pre-group screening.
Professional Fees, Insurance, and Agency Affiliations
The fee for each 60 minute individual therapy session is $120. Payments by cash, check, or credit card are all accepted. You can also use your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) to pay for therapy. Payment is generally due at the time the session is held. I kindly ask to be reimbursed half my fee ($60) for any no-shows or late cancellations.
Want to use your insurance?
I am an in-network/preferred provider* for the following insurance plans:
United Healthcare (Optum)
EAPs: Deer Oaks, Workplace Options, ComPsych
I am an out-of-network/non-preferred provider* for most other insurance plans.
*In general, insurance has better benefits if you use an in-network/preferred provider. However, your co-pay or co-insurance varies greatly depending on your specific plan. For example, I have seen people with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) who pay less than $50 a session even though I am out-of-network.
Before we schedule your initial evaluation, I will contact your insurance company and determine your exact cost, including any deductibles to be met first, for my services.
Are you a Veteran?
I am a provider for Veterans through the Healing Heroes Program. To see if you are eligible for their financial assistance for treatment, go to: www.healingheroes.org