Your First Session

Counseling, Therapy, Rochester Your first session

This is a chance to tell me how you have been feeling, your situation, your symptoms, and anything else you wish to share.


I will ask you questions based on what I hear and will ask you to review with me topics such as symptoms, previous mental health treatment, substance use, past medical history, and your goals. We’ll also discuss my impressions based on what you’ve said and my thoughts for how treatment should proceed.

The average appointment is 45-50 minutes. Longer sessions can be scheduled when necessary. I pride myself on seeing patients promptly. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of your first counseling session to complete initial paperwork.

Payment is expected at the time of the visit. I accept Visa, MasterCard, check, or cash. Some people choose to pay for services without using their insurance benefit. We can discuss that option at our first meeting if this interests you.

I accept the following insurances:

  • Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (including Monroe Plan/Option and others)
  • MVP (including Option)
  • Beacon Health Options (formerly Value Options)
  • United Behavioral Health
  • Aetna
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Several Employee Assistance Programs

If you will be using your health insurance, please bring your insurance card with you. Please check to see whether you have a copay or a deductible. If you have a deductible, please check the amount, how much you have met, and your benefit for outpatient mental health services once the deductible has been met.

I understand that health insurance is complicated. Please call me and I’ll be glad to help you understand the cost based on your coverage.