Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you name your practice Substance Use Therapy?
I wanted a name that was inclusive and avoided putting a label on someone. Anyone whose lives have been impacted by drugs and alcohol, should feel welcome. So, whether you are someone who uses recreationally, someone who identifies as being addicted or someone who is looking to maintain positive changes, you will be accepted for who you are and where you are on the continuum.
What is Harm Reduction?
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs. (Harm Reduction Coalition).
What are your fees?
Individual sessions are $150 for a 50 minute session. 30 minute in-person initial consultations are always free of charge. I also maintain a number of sliding scale appointments. Contact for availability and rates.
Do you accept insurance?
I am in network with United Healthcare, Oscar and Optum. LPC--Interns working with Substance Use Therapy cannot accept insurance, but can offer lower cost sessions.
Do you prescribe medications?
No. As an LPC, LMFT I am not able to prescribe medications. However, I can assist with referring to psychiatrists or to medication assisted treatment programs, when applicable.
So, do you condone drug and alcohol use?
I do not condone use, but I do accept that many people use both licit and illicit substances. I respect personal choice and do not impose goals. However, at the forefront of our therapy will be honest discussions of risk with continued use.
Will we only talk about my substance use?
No. Substance use is just one component of your life and certainly does not define who you are. All of your concerns, whether related to substance use or not can be addressed in therapy.
What if I love someone who is using—how can you help?
Figuring out how to support someone who is struggling with substance use can be difficult. I do not recommend outdated approaches such as “tough love” or surprise interventions. Rather, we will work together to ensure you are supported and develop plans and implement boundaries that work for you.
What will the first session be like?
I will come to get you from the waiting area at the time of your appointment. We will review initial paperwork such as informed consent and discuss confidentiality. After that, we will begin to get to know each other and collaboratively develop plans for moving forward.
How long is each session?
Initial, no charge consultations are 30 minutes in duration. A typical therapy session is 50 minutes. I do offer the option of 80 minute sessions. These can be helpful for couples and families. Additionally, some people who are not able to attend weekly due to logistical or financial constraints prefer longer sessions, less often.
What if I don't know if I want therapy?
Deciding whether or not to begin therapy can be a big decision. As a starting point, I recommend scheduling a free consultation. This will provide you an opportunity to gather more information and determine if this is right for you.