In order to protect your privacy and confidentiality, I have chosen NOT to accept insurance for my services. Accepting insurance would require me to give you a psychiatric diagnosis that becomes a permanent part of your medical record.
Any such diagnosis (from myself, or any other mental health professional) is from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Ed. Sadly, most practitioners do not disclose this to their clients.
Through my years of practice, I have increasingly moved away from the medical model of psychotherapy toward a more holistic approach. My work is based on promoting mental and emotional health, not on treating “pathology.” Giving a psychiatric diagnosis of a mental disorder to someone who is attempting to improve themselves and their life is not something I am comfortable doing. It goes against my beliefs about this process and the trust and confidence I have in my clients’ desire to change and grow. As such, I only accept private pay clients. This allows people to have total trust in the confidentiality of this process, which in turn paves the way for the level of openness and honesty required for a successful outcome.