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  • What will therapy with you be like?
    While the answer to this question largely depends on your unique needs, strengths, and preferences, I always work from a markedly collaborative, exploratory, and person-centered perspective. This means that, no matter where you and your concerns currently reside, I'm willing to meet you there. While some clients may be empowered by specific take-home tools that allow them to monitor and abate their own mental health symptoms, others may prefer less directive or fewer prescriptive approaches. If you don't know what you need, don't worry! These preferences will become clear as we establish our therapeutic relationship. However, it is important for you to know that my job is not to "fix" you, as I remain neutral as to whether there is indeed anything to fix. Rather, my job is to ensure that you find exceptional clarity. Only then, in my view, may you truly find yourself. I offer both brief and long-term psychotherapy that goes beyond mere symptom relief and, additionally, seeks to identify and address the origins of your concerns. I believe that all plants have roots, and attending to the source of your anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or dysregulation requires more than surface pruning.
  • What does "LCSW Supervisee" or "Pre-Licensed" mean?
    Clinicians who are working towards License of Clinical Social Work (LCSW) licensure, otherwise known as "supervisees," are individuals who have completed a master's degree, submitted a supervisory contract, and received board approval to provide clinical services under supervision of a Virginia Board of Social Work professional who has met specific educational, experiential, and supervisory training requirements. This status should not affect your expectations of confidentiality, and your protected health information remains wholly protected and will only be discussed during supervisory meetings with a board-certified supervisor. My supervisor is named Staci M. Bostic, LCSW.
  • What insurance do you accept?
    CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Cigna and Evernorth Optum TRICare Tricare East Region Out-of-pocket clients are also accepted For out-of-network clients, I can provide a monthly "superbill" that can be given to your insurance for reimbursement.
  • Is everything we discuss kept confidential?
    Yes! Everything we discuss stays within the boundaries of the therapy room. There are, however, certain circumstances in which I would share the content of our sessions with others. 1) As an LCSW supervisee, I may discuss our sessions with my board-certified supervisor. While I will always do my best to keep your private health information de-identified, even during supervisory sessions, this is not always possible. My supervisor's name is Staci Bostic, LCSW. 2) As a mandated reporter, I am required by the state of Virginia to report well-evidenced and suspected instances of child/elder abuse or admitted intent to inflict violence upon a third party. 3) I may be compelled to surrender your clinical notes if required by law or in response to a search warrant or grand jury subpoena, for the purpose of identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, an individual required to register pursuant to § 9.1-901 of the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Act, material witness, or missing person. In such instances, only information necessary to comply with the legal request will be disclosed. This may include your name, address, and other identifying details. Please understand that these exceptions to confidentiality are put in place to protect you, others, and the community at large, and to comply with legal requirements. I will always strive to handle your information with the utmost care and respect. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about confidentiality during our initial conversation or at any point in our work together.
  • I'm confused – your bio says you're licensed?
    Thats true! I do have two licenses in social work and counseling (LMSW & QMHP, respectively). While these licenses speak to my competence in delivering psychotherapeutic and case management services, they do not allow me to practice independently in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Only the LCSW license affords independent practice privileges to clinicians with MSW; thus I am currently acquiring hours toward this credential.
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