Getting Started

Take the first step towards boldly embracing Yourself – flaws and all

What are the next steps?

Getting started is easy. You can book a free 20-minute phone consultation below. I can answer any questions you have about counseling and get a better understanding of your needs, so we can determine which service will be most effective.

Once you are ready to start, I will email you a questionnaire to complete before our first session. This way you can complete the assessment at your convenience and we can get started on day one.

Free Mental Health Counseling Consultation | New River Counseling, Fort Lauderdale, FL

20-minute consultation

Free Mental Health Counseling Consultation

Assessment and Treatment Goals

Free Mental Health Counseling Consultation | New River Counseling, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Use the calendar below to schedule your 20-minute consultation for the time/date that works best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect from counseling? Expand

Counseling is a partnership. Both you and your therapist work collaboratively on your goals. Don’t expect your therapist to always have the answers or to tell you what to do. You will find the solution together.

Therapy will not always feel pleasant. Painful memories, frustrations, or feelings might surface. This is a normal part of therapy and your therapist will guide you through this process. Be sure to communicate with your therapist about how you are feeling.

Share what you are feeling. You will get the most out of counseling if you are open and honest with your therapist about your feelings. Fear of judgment and shame are common roadblocks to letting go of problems. Your counselor will help you feel safe to work through these feelings.

What is the pricing for therapy services? Expand

Individual Counseling: $150 for a 50-minute session. Reduced fees are available on a sliding fee scale, on a case by case basis.

Couples Counseling: $175 per 60-minute session.

Group Session: $50 per weekly session.

Online Coaching: Monthly packages available. Schedule a call to discuss a plan that works for you.

Do you take insurance? Expand

I am not in-network with insurance plans. I can provide a super-bill so you can seek reimbursement if you have out-of-network benefits.

Using insurance or paying out of pocket for counseling is a personal choice with pros and cons.

The reasons I don’t accept insurance include:

  • You are in control of your care, including choosing your therapist, length of treatment, etc.
  • Increased privacy and confidentiality (except for limits of confidentiality).
  • Not having a mental health disorder diagnosis on your medical record.
  • Consulting with me on non-psychiatric issues that are important to you that aren’t billable by insurance, such as learning how to cope with life changes, gaining more effective communication techniques for your relationships, increasing personal insight, and developing healthy new skills.
How does online counseling work? Expand

Online counseling is available using video chat, so you can work towards emotional well being from anywhere in Florida.

All you need is a reliable internet connection and a quiet, private space for the sessions. I use a HIPAA compliant video platform that is secure and protects your privacy. Schedule a consult call for more information.

Good Faith Estimate Info Expand

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit

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