Where is your office located?
I work remotely with people throughout the state of Florida using teletherapy. Therefore, my office is wherever my computer is. All you need is a cell phone/tablet or computer, a secure Internet connection, and you’re ready for online therapy.
What are your hours?
My hours are generally Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. If your schedule does not allow you to meet within those hours, we can discuss alternatives. I am flexible in my scheduling as I recognize you can’t always do everything between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Do I have to live in Florida to work with you?
Yes. As it is right now, Florida requires that you be located within the state when an “online” session is happening.
Do you accept insurance?
I am currently in-network with Aetna, Cigna, FL Blue, Humana, and Optum.
To make this process smooth for you, I use sites called Alma and Grow. Think of them as basically my billing department.
If your insurance isn’t listed, you should know that most insurance companies provide out-of-network reimbursements for mental health services. I encourage you to check with your insurance provider to understand what reimbursement options are available to you. I can provide you with a monthly “superbill” to submit to your provider.
If submitting to insurance for reimbursement feels like too much of a hassle, you can also check your insurance coverage through Advekit.
Advekit is a service that evaluates your out-of-network benefits, deals with the hassle of interacting with your insurance provider, and only has you pay your co-pay upfront, rather than pay the entire cost of the session then wait for reimbursement. I get charged a small processing fee for the service, but it’s completely free to you.
How do I set up an appointment with you?
Setting up an appointment is super simple. Send me an email, give me a call, or shoot me a text, and I’ll get back to you about a free 15- to 20-minute consultation. During this time, we can briefly discuss what questions you still may have about the process, your current challenges, and we will see if we’re the right fit for each other.
What is your cancellation policy?
I understand that there are times when things come up. As soon as you know you’re unable to make an appointment, please let me know. If you give less than 24 hours’ notice, you will forfeit the full fee for the session. That said, I do make exceptions for unforeseeable circumstances.
How long are your sessions?
Sessions are typically about 55 minutes. Ideally, our sessions are collaborative, with you taking steps outside to continue to work on what we have discussed. We usually will start with a recap of your week and how you are coping with any stressors. From there, we’ll work through whatever you bring to our time.
Do I have to tell you everything?
You tell me what you feel comfortable telling me at your pace. There are parts of all our stories we hide, but hopefully, with therapy, you will come to understand during our sessions that there is nothing to be ashamed; it’s all just a part of your story.
How do I know if you're the right therapist for me?
A great way to tell is through the free consultation I offer. We will chat about why you’re seeking therapy and what you hope to get out of it. This consultation will give you an idea of who I am and give me a good idea of whether I’m the best person to help you.
Who isn't a good fit for telehealth?
Due to the physical limitations of virtual therapy, there are limits for who is best suited to receive therapy online safely.
If you are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts with a plan, self-harming, have recently been hospitalized for mental health reasons, are hearing voices, or seeing things that aren’t there, then I would not be the best fit for you. In those cases, in-person therapy would be a better fit.
Wait, like Marie Curie?
Nah, she had one R; I have 2. And like her, this is my married name. Please don’t ask me her maiden name – I don’t know Polish.
What is your educational background?
I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with my Master’s degree in Social Work in 2014 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2016. During this time, I worked in community mental health and shifted my focus to palliative care, which became my passion. I am passionate about the care and comfort of all humans.
I have worked in hospice and was both a community social worker and a bereavement manager. These positions strengthened the passion I have for working with adults while navigating the healthcare system.
I became a Qualified Supervisor for interns to ensure that students and incoming professionals receive increased education about the struggles that chronically or terminally ill people face.
Do you prescribe medications?
No. I get it – with all the letters after names and professional training associated with a therapist, determining what therapists can and can’t offer is tricky. But the only people who can prescribe medications are physicians (and sometimes nurse practitioners and physician assistants depending on the type of medication).
Any other therapist, counselor, etc., can’t. Medications are helpful in many cases, but they often aren’t the whole answer.
Have you been in therapy yourself?
Believe it or not, therapists are humans, too. I am in therapy and have taken meds. I don’t think either of these facts makes me less effective as your therapist because every human has struggles. Working on my “stuff” makes me a better therapist.
Am I allowed to ask personal questions?
I want the therapy space to be comfortable for you. You can ask anything you want, but I can’t always guarantee I’ll answer the question in the way you want me to answer.
Should I wear waterproof mascara?
That depends on if you usually wear mascara. I don’t know for sure what our sessions will hold, but crying can be a positive thing, too. You can hide your tears in your waterproof mascara or wear it like war paint.