Frequently Asked Questions
What are your hours?
Tuesday through Friday, 9am - 3pm
How long are sessions?
What ages do you see?
I'm happy to work with individuals 21 years and older.
Where are you located and can we do tele-health?
My physical office is located inside St. Mary Parish in Derby, Kansas. I also offer online sessions for those living anywhere in the state of Kansas.
Are you spiritual/religious?
Yes. My Catholic faith is central to who I am. You do not have to be Catholic—or religious at all—for us to work well together. I have no agenda to convert you, but to meet you—and respect you—right where you are.
Do you take insurance?
The only insurance carrier I currently accept is BCBS. Most of my clients choose self-pay. If I am out of your insurance network, I am happy to create a superbill for your insurance company, which you may submit to them in order to have them reimburse you for what you have already paid for our sessions. I cannot guarantee that they will reimburse everything, as this is at their discretion.
How do I pay?
I take cash, check, credit/debit cards, and HSA cards.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel, please give me a 24-hour notice. I understand that things come up, so I allow 2 late cancellations before charging the full amount. I reserve this time just for you and expect that we will both show up ready to work.
Are our sessions confidential?
Trust and confidentiality are vital to the therapeutic relationship. All communication between us regarding your treatment is confidential and protected by law. If I see you out in public, I will not approach you in order to maintain your privacy, but if you approach me first, I'm happy to say, "Hi!" Our communication should largely take place during session, via the SimplePractice portal, or by phone call.
If you'd like for me to communicate with anyone in particular regarding your treatment, you can sign a release of information allowing me to do so.
The only circumstance in which your right to confidentiality is waived is if you are having serious thoughts of harming yourself or someone else. In these situations, I will work with you to maintain as much privacy as possible, while prioritizing your safety and the safety of others, which may require notifying others.
How much paperwork will I need to fill out?
I'm not a big fan of paperwork, so I don't require much more than the essentials. You'll fill out consent and policy forms, automatic payment options, a basic intake questionnaire, and a few scales to help me know where you are with your mental health. All of this will be sent to you online before our first session, so you won't have to spend your first session filling it out.
What if I'm in crisis?
Because I work on a strictly outpatient basis, I recommend that you call a local or national crisis line for crisis assistance. They can provide you with immediate help, which I may be unable to provide in the moment. To call the National Mental Health and Suicide Crisis line, dial 988 at any time. If you are in immediate danger of harming yourself or someone else, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room and ask for a crisis mental health evaluation.
What is a good faith estimate?
A "good faith estimate" explains how much your mental health care should cost. Under the law, healthcare providers should give patients who don't have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for services.
You have the right to receive a good faith estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services.
You can ask your healthcare provider for a good faith estimate before you schedule a 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 estimate.
For more info, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.