Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is your office located?
We have two locations to serve you:
12381 South Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33907
Our Fort Myers location is on US 41, one mile north of Daniels Pkwy (North of the Bell Tower Shops) near College Pkwy. We are on the second floor of the Gorovoy Eye and Barry University building. Look for the five-story glass building.
4901 NW 17th Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Conveniently located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale on Commercial Blvd. One mile west of I-95.
What are your office hours?
We pride ourselves on working hours that are convenient for you. I look around at other offices and notice that everyone wants to work 9-5, but what about you and your work? Our office is open until 9pm to ensure that you don’t have another stressor in your life by having to leave work just to make our appointments. We are available for you after work, but our late afternoon and evening appointments are the most popular and fill up quickly. Call soon for your free consultation.
Why don't you accept insurance?
This takes away from the time that you and I should be spending together. I do not agree with the model that insurance companies have of fitting every client into a diagnosis and letting them know how long before the “problem is fixed” as if we were repairing a car. I feel my clients deserve to be met where they are and NOT where the insurance companies want you to be.
Here, you are afforded complete confidentiality and privacy that is not allowed by insurance companies because they require that I diagnose you with a mental health condition in order for them to determine if you really need help. As if that is not enough, then they require that I justify that diagnosis for each session we have by providing them with notes on our services. I think it is wrong and insensitive to my clients to share our personal and emotional conversations with another agency for the sake of money. I refuse to do that out of dignity and respect for you.
By not billing insurance, no diagnosis is necessary. There will be no record of your services outside of my office that link your mental health history to your lifelong medical reports or associated with your social security number. This aids in having no potential restrictions or rejections later in life with seeking adoption, prescribed medications or treatments, and even acquiring insurance coverage itself.
By not billing insurance, you are also able to decide for yourself on the number of sessions you attend and when we are ready to stop services. In my practice, it is all about you and will never be about the insurance company.
How do I pay for services?
How often are sessions and how long do they last?
What should I expect in the first session?
We need enough time to talk about what brings you in and what needs you have. I know first hand how terrible it feels to start a therapy session and before I can even finish my conversation, it is time to leave. This is why the first session is always structured to maximize the time and gather enough information for both of us to know if we are able to work with each other.
See, finding a therapist is easy. But finding the right therapist for yourself can be a challenge. .
What if it's embarassing?
Anyone can sit here and tell you that you should feel safe and comfortable sharing what you are going through. But instead, I will tell you that like any other relationship, it takes time and trust to share some of the heartache you are experiencing. Give us enough time to develop the relationship and follow your heart in how much you want to share. The experience will be life-changing.
Does my child have a right to confidentiality?
I understand how as a parent, you have a need to know what is happening with your child –
and you do have a right to know. However, it is important that we respect your child’s expectation of privacy. This is how we do it. If your child shares something that affects their safety such as involvement with drugs or environments/situations than can cause them harm, you will know about it. Frequent meetings together will ensure that you know what we are actively working on at all times.
Do I have to lay on a couch?
Is your furniture comfortable?
How does counseling work?
What if I am still not sure if therapy is right for me?
That is my hope for you. That it doesn’t take 7 for us to find each other.
I want to eliminate that experience for you by offering a free consultation. I will gather some information, share with you my approach, and answer any questions you may have before you come to meet with me. You have nothing to lose but 20 minutes of your time. Call me now. Let’s discuss what is holding you back from A Peaceful Mind.