Frequently Asked Questions
Before contacting Jennifer, please browse the FAQ.
How do I know if I am ready for therapy?
This is a very individualized personal decision. I can tell you that if you are questioning yourself, and beginning the research, you have answered the first part of your own question! Pain is a great motivator for change and chances are that you are beginning the process of evaluating yourself and where you are and the possibility that you may need to make changes. You have already begun to process of change and are in what we call the “pre contemplative” stage of change. Please review one of my free worksheets on this website to review all stages of change, where you currently are and where you could possibly move to.
Are you going to tell me how to fix myself?
My style of therapy is to guide a person through the process. The goal of therapy is one that you set for yourself as the client – the very reason you have sought out help in the first place. This goal can change based on the work we do together. I will make suggestions and give honest and direct feedback and recommendations; however, as a client you are free to accept or not accept them. My role as your therapist is to provide support; however, it is also to point out maladaptive patterns of behavior that may be keeping you in the place that you have expressed you would like to move from.
What if I see you individually and I want to participate in one of your groups?
Participation in groups is open to all clients that I work with. We will discuss together what the appropriate group for you would be and what your goals for participation in that group are.
Can you guarantee that therapy will work for me?
While I cannot provide you with a “guarantee” what I can say is that if you engage in the therapeutic process with an open mind, a willingness to change and put faith and trust in the therapy provided, anything is possible. This is a process that REQUIRES effort, willingness and work on both parties. Therapy cannot workwithout both client and therapist working it.
What are your credentials?
I am a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and my Florida license is #SW 10463. I earning my Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University and I am currently pursuing my Certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS).
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
This is a great question that I believe more people should be asking themselves. I strongly believe in the success of the therapeutic process being dependent on the dynamic of the relationship between the client and therapist. What I would say to any potential client is that you must believe and “feel” as if this is a right fit. I offer a free 15 to 30 minute phone consultation for all those potential clients so that you can speak directly to me and perhaps ask questions that you may have.
How long will I have to be in therapy?
Length of therapy depends on the individual client, the issues being addressed and the assessment of the therapist. There will be ongoing assessments each time a session is concluded. There is no set duration and will be a discussion between the therapist and client.
Do you take insurance?
I do not accept insurance and payment is due at the time of service. I will provide my clients with an invoice that has all of the information that an insurance provider would require including a diagnostic code, the CPT code, dates and price of service and my license number. You can then submit the invoice to your insurance company.
Are your sessions confidential?
Yes – confidentiality is the cornerstone of therapeutic practices. I am obligated by the certain laws and ethical standards of the National Association of Social Workers to keep all information of my clients confidential. The only time in which this right is waved is if as a licensed professional I believe that my client is in danger of hurting themselves or someone else. At the beginning of our work together I will go through with you in depth the laws of confidentiality and the specifics around your rights as a client.
What if I do not live in the immediate area but would l still like to work with you?
I offer sessions via Skype as well as phone sessions for those client that do not live in driving distance, are unable to drive or are unable to come to the office for another reason. All policies in regular practice apply to both phone and Skype sessions.