How can you get started? At this point, you have taken a big step to investigate your options. Choosing a therapist is a very important, and largely personal, decision. You are the only one who can choose who is right for you. I will provide you a complementary 15 minute consultation to discuss what you are looking for and I will also ask you some questions. Consultation can be over the phone or in person, at my office. In addition to gathering information, you’ll be able to get a “feel” for what it might be like to work with me in therapy. If you are interested in working with an associate we will go through the same process together.
If we determine I (or associate) could be the right therapist for you, we will suggest you come to the office for an initial intake. An intake appointment is typically about 55 minutes long and the purpose of the intake is for you to tell us more about what is bothering you, your background, and your treatment goals. Sometimes this process takes more than one session.
After the initial intake, if we determine we are a good therapy match and if you decide you would like to engage in therapy with us, we will begin therapy sessions that may occur on a semi-weekly, weekly, or bi-weekly basis, depending on your needs and schedule. Therapy sessions are 45 minutes long. Research suggests that clients who practice new skills learned in CBT have better therapy outcomes than those who do not. To maximize your therapy outcomes, we will work together to plan “homework” to facilitate this practice. Also, we frequently employ paper and pencil measures to check on how your symptoms are improving.
Dr. Leah’s current availability: Appointments may be available on Wednesday afternoons, Thursday mornings, Thursday evenings, and Friday mornings. Beginning in October 2017, appointments may be available Monday through Friday during business hours and every other Thursday evening.
Dr. Therese is not currently accepting new patients.
To increase convenience for our existing clients, we offer sessions via videoconferencing using a HIPAA-compliant video telehealth. This can be particularly useful for clients who would have to travel a long distance or find it challenging to leave work or home. In some cases, we can do sessions when clients are on vacation or traveling for other reasons but it depends on a few factors. Please review the Telehealth Agreement form for more information.
How do fees and payments work? We are out-of-network providers. This means you must make payment at the time of session. *Check or cash is preferred but all major credit cards are accepted. You may choose to file for out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance company. The insurance company may pay for services or a percentage of services. We will cooperate with the insurance company in this process by writing any clinical reports they require but you will be responsible for finding out what is required.
You may choose not to use insurance and instead pay for services “out of pocket”. Clients who do this have an additional level of confidentiality and control over their own treatment because treatment decisions are made between the provider and the client without input from an insurance company. Clients who overcome their problems by participating in evidence-based treatment with out-of-network providers often believe these benefits are well-worth their investment of time, money, and effort.
*Behavior Works of Virginia will contribute $1.25 for every session paid for in cash or check to the Cure San Filippo Foundation.
Dr. Leah and associates are not Medicare or Medicaid providers their work at Behavior Works of Virginia, LLC. This means clients with Medicare or Medicaid insurance would be expected to pay full payments at the time of sessions.
Fees for sessions:
Intake = $200
45-Minute Session = $135
All other charges will be pro-rated according to session length
- Services Agreement Form
- Confidential Intake Form for Adult
- Confidential Intake Form for Adolescent
- Notice of Privacy Practices
- Permission to Charge Credit Card Form
Please review and complete this form only if you and your provider have discussed and determined it is appropriate to engage in some sessions via video conferencing:
Your treatment with us is confidential and we will not release information about you without your permission unless legally required. If you would like us to communicate with a past or current doctor or therapist, or your insurance company about your care, please complete this form and bring it to your intake appointment:
**If you are seeking CBT for insomnia, please complete a sleep diary for one week prior to your intake appointment and bring the completed sleep diary to your intake appointment. Click HERE for instructions.
Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions about this.**