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Growth Point
1300 Mercantile Lane
Suite 126-A
Largo, Maryland

301.772.8284
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Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage and Family Counseling

Do you take insurance?

I have chosen not to work directly with insurance companies.  However, because I am a licensed therapist in the State of Maryland (LCM#178), it is possible for you to submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement.  I will provide all of the clinical documentation for you to submit your claim.  But you may want to call your insurance company ahead of time to make certain that the type of service you are seeking is covered.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, personal checks, electronic checks, Master Card and Visa.  For those who choose to pay by electronic check or credit card, I can also offer the flexibility of a payment plan.

What are your office hours?

I generally see clients Monday through Thursday evenings after 6pm. 

How can we contact you?

 You can reach me via email or by calling me at 301.772.8284.  I will do my best to respond within 24 hours.

How long do we need to be in therapy to see results?

It really depends on the presenting issues.  I’d say the course of therapy generally lasts between 12 and 20 sessions.  Well prepared premarital couples and couples coming for marital enrichment can be complete in as few as 6 sessions.  A lot depends on the amount of time and work you’re willing to put in outside of our therapy sessions.

Do you work with families?

Absolutely.  I specialize in work with couples, but I work with all types of family relationships -- parents with young or adolescent children; mothers and their adult daughters; siblings etc.

Do you see children?

Even though I have worked rather extensively with children throughout my career, I now work with children rather selectively. Children thrive in loving, structured environments with consistent discipline and low parental stress and discord.  To that end, I focus my efforts on the parents, helping couples work toward supporting one another in parental decisions and discipline as well as reducing or eliminating the interpersonal conflicts that invariably cause distress for their children.

Are there any cases that you don’t see?

My approach to therapy is generally not suitable for couples where violence is a significant issue.  Trying to create an atmosphere of emotional vulnerability and trust is unsafe if not impossible when physical safety is threatened.

I am unable to provide 24/7 around the clock support so it is inappropriate for me to take on individuals who are actively suicidal or who otherwise require frequent contact and support.  I also don’t see cases where severe mental illness or substance abuse is the presenting problem.  I do, however, work with couples and families who are struggling to deal with a spouse or family member with a chronic mental illness or substance abuse problem.  In those cases, involvement with other providers such as a psychiatrist or drug treatment program would be required.

If during the initial consultation or course of therapy I determine that you are in need of assistance outside of my areas of expertise, I will help you to find an appropriate referral.

What can we expect during our initial consultation?

We will meet face-to-face in my office to review your relationship history and your needs.  We will discuss my approach to therapy and I can answer any questions you may have about therapy in general, my office policies and fees.  Then we decide whether we think it’s a good fit and schedule another appointment together or I help you with an additional referral.

 


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