There are a variety of reasons that people decide to seek therapy. For some individuals, they require assistance in learning how to manage and cope with a mental health condition (e.g. depression). For others, a significant life change (e.g. birth, divorce, new job) is making them feel overwhelmed and they are looking for a place to process their emotions and learn strategies to cope. Still others feel stressed out by the pressures associated with modern day life (e.g. parenting, career, finances, relationships) and they find that they are struggling to keep up and keep sane. There is a common misconception that many people who seek therapy are "crazy", but in reality the vast majority of these individuals are just looking for help and support with many of the common everyday issues that we all face.
If any of these examples resonate with you, and you feel that you could benefit from a safe and emphatic place where you can process your thoughts and feelings, understand more about the reasons behind the way you think and behave and learn tools and strategies to enhance your life and general well-being, then therapy may be useful for you.
How often would we meet?
This will depend on the type of problem that you are coming in for. In most circumstances, Dr. Stipelman meets with client's on a weekly basis. However, in some situations biweekly or even monthly sessions are appropriate.
How long should I expect to be in therapy?
The duration of therapy will vary for each client depending on their preferences, individuals needs and presenting problems. While some issues can be resolved fairly quickly, in other cases, client's either need or want to engage in therapy more longer term. Dr. Stipelman will discuss your goals and expectations for therapy at your initial intake appointment and will do her best to tailor her approach to meet your needs.
What is your rate?
The rate for individual therapy with Dr. Stipelman is $190 for a 45-minute session. Dr. Stipelman does offer services on a sliding scale ($150+) for clients who qualify.
Do you accept insurance?
Dr. Stipelman is considered an out-of-network provider which means that you will be responsible for all payments up front. However, once a month her office will send a statement directly to your insurance company with all the relevant procedural and diagnostic codes and you will receive a reimbursement check in the mail. Services may be covered in part or in full by your insurance company or benefit plan. Dr. Stipelman encourages you to reach out to your insurance carrier prior to your first session so can understand the scope of your coverage and any deductible that you may be responsible for. Psychotherapy services are also tax deductible as a medical cost and can be paid for using an FSA or HSA account. Dr. Stipelman's practice accepts cash, check and all major credit cards as forms of payment.