Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Information

What are your rates?

Individual, in office, sessions are $80 per 50-minute session.  Sliding scale rates are variable.


Individual, in the community, counseling sessions are $100 per 50-minute session, plus travel time if applicable.


Individual, in client's home, counseling sessions are $100 per 50-minute session, plus travel time.


Individual telephone and video therapy rates, for those who's insurance does not cover theses services, will be $60 per 50-minute session.


Social Anxiety Group rates are $30 per 80-minute session. 



Do you accept insurance?

Yes, I do accept BlueCross and BlueShield of NC.

I am in Network for:

·   All BCBS PPO Plans

·   BCBS of NC State Health Plan

·   Blue Advantage

·   All BCBS of NC CMM (Comprehensive Major Medical)


Other Insurance companies: I will be happy to provide you with a claim form (cms1500) for services you have paid for, but I am not able to assist you in submitting claims to other insurance companies. 



How do you accept payment? 

I am happy to take your payments by cash, check, and PayPal.  


  

How do I locate your office?

My office is located at 4801 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27612. It is right next to Crabtree Valley Mall in a 5-story building on the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road, directly across the street from Macy’s Department Store. The building has a Capital Bank sign on the top right corner, and a large digital clock on the side facing the mall.  



What should I expect during my first session?

You should come ready to describe what goals you would love to accomplished with therapy.  This usually means explaining your primary reason for seeking therapy (the problem), and how your life is negatively affected by it. And finally, how solving these issues would make your life different (your desired goal). 


The first session creates an opportunity for you to get to know your counselor. A good match is essential.  You will be sharing personal and intimate details about your struggles and challenges and it is important to be comfortable with, and in time learn to trust, your counselor.  I do offer a free 15-minute consultation to help us both get an idea of what it will be like to work together. This is available in person or over the phone.


In order to take full advantage of our first full session, I strongly urge you to download the intake forms and complete them prior to our first appointment. If you chose not to complete the forms before your visit, we will have to complete them during our first session together. 

At the end of our first session we will both make the determination of whether to continue with therapy together.


  

How long should counseling/therapy last?

Each individual will have different therapeutic needs, however, in general CBT for anxiety and/or depression spectrum issues will last 3 to 6 months, assuming sessions are every week AND assuming the client completes homework outside of our sessions together. CBT homework is normally not intellectual work, but can be emotionally taxing. Not completing this homework will slow your progress. 


Specific Phobias may be resolved in as little as 2 months depending on the severity. 



Are my sessions confidential?

Therapy often involves sharing sensitive personal information. I will keep confidential what you share as part of our counseling relationship including your records, progress notes, and even appointment scheduling. Additionally, I am legally and ethically bound to obtain a signed authorization from you to release any information. This is required before I communicate with others such as medical or mental health professionals, family members, or anyone else.


However, there are legally defined exceptions to confidentiality. These exceptions include: 

(a) You direct me in writing to disclose information to someone else, or

(b) It is determined you are in imminent danger of harming yourself or others, or you tell me of specific instances of harm to others (including abuse, neglect, or exploitation (actual or suspected) of: a child, a person with disabilities, or an elder). Harm to others often includes physical threats of violence, abuse, or through knowingly spreading life-threatening communicable diseases, or 

(c) I am ordered by a court to disclose information.


It is also important for you to know that if I see you in public, I will protect your confidentiality by greeting you only if you greet me first. 


If at any time you have any questions regarding confidentiality, you should bring them to my attention.


So Rick, how do I pronounce your last name? 

Rest assured that I take no offense to mispronunciations of my last name.  I have had a lifetime of hearing different versions.  It's actually kind of entertaining for me.    My family pronounces it like the vegetable radish, but beginning with an SL instead of an R.  


How do I join a group?

There are two ways to join my Defeating Shyness and Social Anxiety groups.  First, with a referral from another therapist, plus a single one-on-one session with me before the group begins, to be sure the group is right for you.  Second, if you do not currently have a therapist, I would need three one-on-one visits with me prior to you starting the group.  


As soon as I have enough clients interested in group, I will post dates and times here.  Updates coming soon.