Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I CHOOSE THE RIGHT THERAPIST?

It is very important for you to select a therapist whose approach and personality will fit your needs. Examine the quality of service he/she provides (professionalism, honesty, qualification) as well as your feelings the sessions bring about. Do you think that the therapist cares, respects your privacy, and capable? Do you feel comfortable working with this person? If you are not completely satisfied, talk with your therapist about your concerns and see if it changes anything.

SHOULD I SEE A PSYCHIATRIST OR THERAPIST?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who received special training in treating psychiatric illnesses. They are able to prescribe medications, and to diagnose not only psychiatric conditions but also medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. However, they typically don't provide psychotherapy. Medication is often effective in treating symptoms of mental illnesses, but medication alone may not  provide a long-term solution to mental health issues.

 

A therapist is a qualified mental health professional that meet the professional standards set forth by their professional board. A therapist is unable to prescribe medications but offers "Talk therapy". Therapy addresses the cause of client's distress and unhealthy / unhelpful behavior patterns.

HOW LONG WILL THE COUNSELING/THERAPY TAKE?

Each case is unique and different. Some cases may only need a couple of sessions whereas others may take much longer. It depends on what your needs and goals are, and how committed you are to the process.

I AM IN CRISIS AND NEED HELP NOW

If you are in an immediate life-threatening crisis, please call 911 or a crisis hotline.

 

Suicide Hotline

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

1-800-827-7571

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AS A CLIENT?

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WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

I bill through PayPal. You can link and use the funds in your bank account or a credit card. Payment is due within one week.

HOW MUCH DOES A SESSION COST?

$120-$200 per session. All sessions are conducted remotely using an online application, so that the fees remain affordable. I am not paneled with health insurance companies. However,  I will provide a monthly statement to anybody who wishes to submit a claim to his/her insurance provider for reimbursement.

CAN I USE MY HEALTH INSURANCE?

Currently, I do not accept any health insurance. However, I will provide documents necessary to receive reimbursement from the third party (such as your insurance company) if you would like..

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

You can contact me by using the contact me form, 

or E-mail me to qkyoko@professionalcounselor.net. Do not hesitate to include any additional questions  you have about my practice. I will generally return your inquiries within 48 hours.  Please note that I do not provide advise using E-mails.

I want to cancel / reschedule my appointment.

Please contact me as soon as possible.

If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at lease 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session. .