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Concierge Counseling Services
What is concierge counseling?
Concierge counseling is an offshoot of concierge medicine and concierge hotel services.
Possible Limitations of
TeleMental Health Services
Who is Your Counselor?
My Counseling Credentials
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), State of Florida
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Board-Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)
2024, expected. EdD, Instructional Design and Technology, Nova Southeastern University
2017. MA, Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, Nova Southeastern University
2012. Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University
1993. BA, Social Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
1993. Women's Studies Certificate, Florida Atlantic University
1991. AA, Psychology, Palm Beach Junior College
Florida Mental Health Counselor's Association (FMHCA)
Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
I maintain my license and certifications with continuing education throughout the year. If you're interested in learning which professional workshops I have attended recently, see here.
My Clinical Approach
Expectations about client and counselor Professional/counseling theories/orientations and vales regarding the counseling process
Scope of Practice
Areas of Interest
My Eight Tenets of Recovery
Paths to Improvement
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What do you charge?
Do you have a sliding fee scale?
Not at this time.
Do you take insurance?
This is a private pay practice. I do not take insurance, file insurance, or communicate with your insurance company. I can provide a superbill for you upon request, but it will be your responsibility to file it and to communicate with your insurance company. Your out-of-network benefits may or may not cover my services. I cannot guarantee that your insurance company will reimburse you, nor will I register with them or speak with them on your behalf.
Can someone else pay for my services?
Sure, but you will need to sign a release 1) allowing me to confirm for them that you are a client receiving therapy from me, and 2) agreeing that I can inform they of the dates and duration of the sessions for which they are paying. They will sign an agreement authorizing the charges and acknowledging that they will not have access to any additional information about you or your treatment without your signed, written consent.
Do you accept clients who live outside Florida?
How long is a session?
Video sessions are typically booked for one hour. One hour means one hour - not 45-50 minutes. I offer additional time in fifteen minutes increments via video, phone, and text messaging if the time is available. Please see my virtual counseling service packages for all the details and feel free to send questions via this form.
What happens at the first session?
What can I expect from therapy?
How often do we meet?
My business model is built around weekly services that include a minimum of one hour-long video session and 24/7 access to a HIPAA-secure, individualized, self-paced therapy and training website that I tailor to your needs. That's the base package at Tier 1. Tiers 2 and 3 offer additional therapy time via text messaging and phone using HIPAA-secure technologies. Please see my virtual counseling service packages for all the details. If you have questions about these packages, please feel free to send questions via this form. I do not offer counseling services without the full Tier 1 package.
I base my business model on my training, field experience, and evidenced-based practices. Research in both counseling and education confirms that these methods and materials help you achieve your therapeutic goals and lead to lasting change.
After the first six months, we will review your case and decide together whether to meet less frequently, and I will provide you with an update to our pricing structure and informed consent agreement at that time.
Do you offer a complimentary phone consultation so I can talk to you before scheduling?
Generally speaking, I do not. There are two reasons.
First, free phone consultations are often mistaken as an opportunity to take the therapeutic relationship for a test drive. That's not a realistic goal. You can't build trust in 15 minutes. You might get a good feeling from talking to someone, and they might make a positive impression on you. But if you're ready to unconditionally trust someone you've never met after a 15 minute phone call, then let me tell you - that's something you might want to work on in therapy. Trust comes with time and consistency. The best way for you to determine if my services are a good fit for you is to look through my website. I've thoroughly described what you can expect from me, and what is expected from you as a client. Familiarize yourself with my clinical approach, service packages, and policies. I've given you a ton of information here, and I have probably addressed most of your concerns. If I haven't, please send me your questions via this form. Research shows that the therapeutic relationship is the most important determinant of success in therapy. If you decide to work with me, we will work together to establish that relationship. It will develop over time - not over a 15 minute phone call.
Second, when you commit to an appointment with a counselor, even a free consultation, you create a contract. You expect me to show up, and I expect you to show up. Your time is valuable, and so is mine. An exploratory phone call is similar to speed dating - there's no commitment from you, and no obligation. I am available for appointments when you are ready to make a commitment. You wouldn't want me to take your phone call without the willingness to work with you, would you? Well, same here. If you're not sure my business model is a good fit for you even after reading all the material on my website, take this screening quiz and see for yourself. I think the screening quiz will help you make an informed decision. If reading, watching videos, and interacting online are unappealing to you, then I can save you some time: My services are not a good fit for you. My services are 100% virtual, and they offer substantial, meaningful content. Yes, we will spend a lot of time just talking. But I will also give you learning materials to work on between sessions. Sometimes, you'll get them all done. Sometimes you won't, and that's okay. But this practice is built on combining talk therapy with education and real world application. If you're not interested in learning, I'm not the therapist for you.
How do you protect my privacy?
How do you define recovery?
I tend to favor the SAMHSA definition, which is inclusive enough to cover mental health, addictions, and wellness.
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, n.d.)
If you identify as a person in recovery, then I consider you to be "in recovery."
Which recovery program is right for me?
List options with links
Where do you stand on harm reduction versus abstinence?
I have mixed feelings about it.
Do you offer group therapy?
I do not have regularly scheduled group sessions. I set up groups when the need presents. I offer group therapy when there are a number of clients who 1) have expressed an interest, and 2) are working toward the same task or processing the same concerns.
Do I need to be tech savvy to use your counseling services?
You do not need to be a tech expert, or even be comfortable with the programs I use, but you do need to be willing to use them. I am happy to spend time acclimating you to the technology. But if you are tech-resistant or using apps to communicate causes you such anxiety that you will avoid scheduling or keeping sessions, please find a local counselor who provides in-person services and save your self the stress. If you are not willing to create and safely store passwords and passcodes, virtual counseling is going to compromise your security and privacy. If you are not willing to spend time learning how to use the programs I use to deliver services to you, either with my guidance or on your own, this practice is not the right fit for you.
How can I learn more about you?
Read the Who is my counselor? section further up on this page, and browse the rest of the website for more information about me and what I do.
Can I refer my friends and family to you?
Absolutely! But please be aware that due to confidentiality laws, I cannot tell you if they have engaged in services with me or not unless they have signed a release saying it's okay for me to share that information with you. If they have not, my answer will be, "I'm sorry. I cannot confirm or deny whether someone is or has been a client."
What tech will I need?
Why do you ask me to complete the intake process before our first appointment?
Is there anyone you won't work with?
I do not work with clients under 18 years of age.
I do not work with clients whose diagnoses are outside the scope of my training and experience. My specialty areas are listed further up on this web page.
I do not work with clients whose presentation indicates that they would be best served by treatment at an inpatient facility. This may be determined from the initial contact, but depending on the information provided, it may not be possible to determine until the initial evaluation has been completed. Some clients may develop the need for inpatient treatment during the course of counseling. If this becomes apparent, I will make an appropriate recommendation.
I do not work with clients who are looking for in-person sessions, or whose diagnosis or current circumstances make in-person therapy a better fit. My practice is 100% virtual.
In keeping with the ethics of the counseling profession, I cannot engage in a counseling role with you if:
We are friends.
We are family.
We are FB friends.
We have a past personal relationship.
You are located outside the state of Florida at the time of treatment.
What is instructional design and what does it have to do with counseling?
How many times have you been to individual or group therapy where the therapist hands you a photocopy of a chapter and says, "We're going to read this and talk about it?" Bibliotherapy is a fabulous tool, and I use it often. But reading can get tedious and time-consuming and - let's face it - sometimes it can be a little boring. Think about the groan you can't hold back when you see a PowerPoint slide covered with text. Think about how you feel when the facilitator then adds insult to injury by reading it to you! Human beings cannot listen and read at the same time. And people process information at different paces. Some of you may prefer reading to watching videos. You may even prefer one over the other at different times of the day or week, or in different settings. Part of good instructional design is about giving learners options - choices about how they want to absorb the material, and choices about how they want to process and apply that material.
An instructional designer
Do you offer in-person appointments?
No. My practice is entirely virtual. If you're a potential client and you are looking for an in-person provider, I have a few names in the Palm Beach County, Florida area I'd be happy to refer you to. Please reach out for those names using this form.
Do you offer virtual services per diem for individual or group counseling?
If you are a private practice or a treatment facility, and you find yourself in need of a clinician to fill in when your clinicians are sick, on vacation, or suddenly leave, feel free to reach out using this form and I will be happy to talk to you about providing per diem services for you virtually, pending availability. Because I am licensed in the state of Florida, I can only offer this option to facilities and practices that are located in Florida. You will need a reliable Wi-Fi connection and either a large smart TV or computer for groups, and a computer or tablet for individual sessions. There are security concerns when meeting with clients individually on their personal devices (i.e. phones), and it can be complicated and time-consuming to set this up when I'm only coming in for the day or the week, so it is best if you have a facility-owned computer or tablet they can use. Virtual services for facilities will be delivered via my HIPAA-compliant video conferencing software and will not require a software purchase on your end.
Do you accommodate people with disabilities?
Reading materials and videos are accessible through screen readers and closed captioning. Every effort is made to produce materials in multiple forms to accommodate those with visual or auditory impairment.
If you require an interpreter for video counseling sessions, you will need to sign a release of information specific to that situation, and your interpreter will need to sign a business associate agreement if they are not a covered entity. This is to ensure the protection of your personal health information.