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Is Therapy Right for Me?

First off, you do not need to have a psychiatric diagnosis to engage in therapy; a psychiatric diagnosis is only required to submit a claim to an insurance company. 

There are many reasons why people seek therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with stress, anxiety, depression or problems in their relationships. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in life such as a divorce, death and loss, a move, or a work transition. 

Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal and spiritual growth, interpersonal relationships, family and parenting concerns, professional development, and hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide you with a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. 

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Gaining a better understanding or yourself, your values and goals

  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting your self-confidence

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • Learning to set and maintain healthy boundaries

  • learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Managing depression, grief, anger and other emotional pressures

  • Improving communications and listening skills

  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family and other relationships

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy.

Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome any challenges you may face. Overall, therapy should be a process of growth and self-discovery

What states can you do teletherapy in?

I am licensed as a clinical psychologist in Arizona and I possess an E. Passport and Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (PSYPACT), which means I am able to provide teletherapy to people who are in any of the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, District of Columbia (Washington, DC), Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

PSYPACT makes it easier to stay consistent with therapy if you travel for work, are visiting friends or family, or on vacation.

  • The initial 90-minute intake is $260

  • Ongoing 60-minute sessions are $180 and 90-minute sessions are $260

  • Longer and extended sessions are available. 


No. As a private pay provider I am NOT contracted with any insurance companies, nor will I work directly with your insurance company; I do not participate in abusive relationships and the insurance industry is such (unfortunately, I have yet to master terminating a relationship with the very abusive institution known as the IRS!)  However, upon your request I can provide a “superbill” you can submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement depending on your PPO benefits plan. If you are not sure of your out-of-network benefits call your insurance carrier to verify your mental health coverage for the CPT codes 90791 (intake) and 90837 (60-minute session), and then you can submit superbills directly to them for reimbursement if you qualify.

Please be aware that your insurance company requires I provide a psychiatric diagnosis that will become a part of your medical history in order for you to submit for reimbursement - this could cause your premiums to rise if you change insurance companies due to having a “pre-existing condition.” Additionally, you may be required to share your diagnosis in future employment interviews, while overall it is rare, it can and does happen in security, government, and some other professions. Also your insurance company can ask for a copy of your session records. Utilizing insurance companies reduces the level of confidentiality. 

FMLA and Disability Claims

If you are seeking therapy for disability claims or FMLA, I am not equipped to provide any assessment or completion of paperwork for your claims. Moreover, the best route to get approval is through a medical provider, like a Primary Care Physician, Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

Special Note for Medicare Recipients

I have opted-out of Medicare and don’t participate with that government program (another abusive institution). Thus if you are a Medicare beneficiary and are interested in services with me, you may enter a private contract and pay my full fee rate, but you will not be eligible to submit claims for reimbursement through Medicare.

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