What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
-EMDR Institute, Inc.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is each session?
45 minutes. Please arrive on time so that you get the most out of your time.
What are your hours?
It varies but generally I offer mostly day time appointments with a few evening slots.
How do I get started?
Please call or email me. I would like to speak with you prior to setting up an appointment to determine if I would be a good fit. If it’s determined that I’m not a good fit, I’m happy to provide a referral.
What are your fees?
Initial assessment: $165
45 minute session: $130
90 minute session: $200
EMDR Packages: Call for pricing
Clinical Supervision, 50 minute: $100
Do you accept insurance?
I am not in network with health insurance providers.
What payments do you accept?
Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, HSA, FSA, Venmo, and Paypal
Can you provide a superbill for out of network reimbursement?
Thinking about Using Insurance? Consider the following:
You can file for out of network benefits with me. You pay me and I provide a receipt for you to file with your insurer. Then your insurer will pay you the out of network rate. So, check to see if you have out-of-network coverage. In order to make the best decision about filing insurance, check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
- Do I have mental health coverage?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
By adding up those benefits, you can make an informed decision about whether or not it’s worth it to file.
Keep in mind that when you file, you will receive a diagnosis that is filed with the Medical Information Bureau. It will remain on file as part of your medical records for the rest of your life. If you apply for any type of medical, health or life insurance, the therapist you see will be contacted and asked to release all records. In some cases, a mental health diagnosis can affect benefits or your premium.
If you want to go with a network provider, let me know and I’ll do my best to help you find a good therapist. Most seasoned therapists have gotten out of the insurance business. If you can’t afford full fees and would like to stay out of the insurance part of it, I have suggestions for low costs clinics.
For your protection and confidentiality, I recommend self-pay for therapy if at all possible. Insurance companies require disclosure of highly personal information, the confidentiality and privacy of which I cannot guarantee. Insurance companies also restrict the amount of sessions allotted. For these reasons and more, I choose not to be on insurance or managed care panels.
Fortunately, tax laws have created new programs that may help you pay for your therapy, even if you pay out of pocket. These include Medical Savings Accounts and Pre-Tax Flexible Spending Medical Accounts. You can also deduct the cost of therapy from your taxes if you itemize. It is a medical expense. Ask your Accountant or Compensation and Benefits Administrator if you qualify for either program. You can also pay me with a credit card.
Call me with any more questions. My goal at this point is to help you find a therapist who fits your needs and your budget.
I look forward to helping out in any way I can.
How many sessions will I need?
That often depends on the presenting issue(s) and the frequency of appointments. I am able to offer weekly, bi-weekly, as well as per required need appointments.
What are the limits of confidentiality?
The law protects the relationship between a client and therapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Exceptions include: Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm him or herself, I will make every effort to enlist cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without the permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure safety.