Carolyn Harkin-Brinton, MSW
Psychotherapist

FAQ's

What is the average length of therapy?

It depends on what sort of challenges you are facing and how often we decide to see each other.  Many people choose to do more frequent therapy sessions (1-2 times per week) to get some relief initially, then spread them out as they are better equipped to work through their challenges on their own (decreasing to once or twice per month). When we meet, we'll make a plan together for how often we'll meet and what goals we want to achieve during that time.  We'll use this plan to guide us in determing the length of your therapy.  


Do you accept insurance?

I provide out of network services through your health insurance, your flexible spending account, or your health savings account.  For each session, I give you a paper reciept that you can submit for reimbursement to your choice of above options.  I do not submit insurance claims on your behalf.  As insurance companies have the legal authority to request a significant amount of your personal information from my records and to limit our care options if I were to agree to handle your claims, I choose instead to keep the freedom to make choices about your care between us and to keep your information confidential. 


What are the costs & payment options?

Payment is due at each session with credit or debit card, Flexible Spending Account debit or credit card, cash, or check.  Typical of therapy rates in our area, counseling costs average $100 per hour.  Court, reports, clinical summaries, letters of recommendation, case management collaboration with doctors/schools/agencies, and ongoing phone consultation are additional and not reimbursable to your insurance. At our intial contact, we can discuss the details of costs. Since I choose not to accept insurance, I offer a sliding scale fee for all services depending upon your financial needs.  


What is your cancellation policy?

There is a 24 hour cancellation policy, and you will be responsible for the full session fee if your appointment is not cancelled within this time.


Our first appointment will be 75-90 minutes long. In the office, we'll have you fill out your Information Sheet.  Together, we'll go over the Authorization for Services and I'll answer any questions you have about me or the therapy process.  Then, I'll listen to your story. I want to know about what brought you in to therapy, ways you've tried to handle the challenges on your own, and your unique strengths.  I'll ask some questions to help make sure I have a good understanding of the big picture from your perspective. Together, we'll discussed your diagnosis, therapy goals, and make a plan for your treatment.  

What will my first appointment look like?


There are lots of times to check in to see if we're a good fit!  I offer a free initial phone consultation so we can connect before any appointments to answer any questions you might have about me and my services.  At the end of your intake appointment, we discuss our fit as part of planning your treatment.  Then, check in at the end of every session to ensure that I'm on the same page as you.  If at any point in time we decide that we're not a good fit, I will do my best to help you find another counselor who can meet your needs. 

How do I know you're the right therapist for me?


I'll be with you every step of the way!  That's why I have you fill out forms in the office with me and offer additional support like ongoing phone consultation.  Also, if you would feel more comfortable, I encourage you to bring a partner, family member, or friend to join you in your therapy journey.

Do I have to do this by myself?


Nope.  My first job as a therapist is to join you in your journey, not judge you.  I approach you with compassion for the struggles you are facing now and admiration for the challenges you have overcome in the past. I seek to understand how some of your actions that usually are negatively labeled as "harmful" have in fact been helpful to you before.  I believe in an open therapy relationship where we can discuss anything in the supportive environment that I provide to you.

Will you judge me?