What is Catholic-based counseling?
There are many ways that Catholic counseling is different from other approaches. First and foremost, it gives you the comfort and peace of mind that comes from having shared values from your counselor. It allows you to be able to trust your counselor in building a therapeutic relationship and will not dissuade you from the Sacraments, Catechism, and the traditions of the Church, as do many secular clinicians. In a nutshell, the major difference between secular and faith-based (Catholic-based) counseling is that in the final analysis, the Catholic approach is based on Christian moral principles and God is recognized as the source of all healing. For a Catholic counselor, God is essential to optimal psychological health.

I adhere to the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in my view of and belief in the dignity of the human person. I combine sound counseling techniques with this Christian philosophy to heal the whole person. My Catholic approach does not mean that you must be a ‘practicing’ Catholic to benefit from my services. I will work with and respect the faith traditions of people from all faith perspectives and also with those who do not adhere to a faith perspective.

What is counseling like?
For those who have never gone down this road before, counseling is a process that’s a lot like learning. During the process, people learn about themselves. They discover ways to overcome difficulties, develop inner strengths or skills, or make changes in themselves or their situations. Often, it feels good just to have a person to vent to, and other times it’s useful to learn different techniques to help deal with a given situation.
Remember, many people who call me requesting services do not actually really need treatment. They need guidance, advice, and support.

Is everything I say confidential?
As a client, you are guaranteed the protection of confidentiality within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship. The only limitations to confidentiality occur when a counselor feels that there is clear and imminent danger to you or to others.

How long will counseling take?
My approach to counseling as well as the duration varies depending upon your wants as well as other indications. In collaboration with you, I like to set concrete attainable goals. At the end of counseling it is great to look back and realize what you have achieved.
I understand that counseling can be a big investment of time, effort and money, and it would put many people at ease if they knew just how many sessions it was going to take. I deeply respect both the monetary and emotional sacrifices that clients make in order to make their lives better. Because of that, I do all that is in my power to help my clients quickly as possible (try to keep the number of sessions manageable). The more you put into your treatment, the less time it will take.

What are your fees?
The cost of services can be minimal when compared to the impact that mental, emotional, and spiritual issues may have (had) on your life. Charges for my services may vary depending on the type of service provided and the length of each session. Services offered include individual, couple/marital, and accountability/support counseling.
My fee is $100.00 for the intake session, which typically lasts 1.5 hours. Subsequently, each 50 minute session is billed at $80.00. For those desiring a longer session, the cost is $100.00 for a 90 minute session.
Payment can be made by a personal check, cash or credit card at the beginning of each session. If confidential payment is a big concern for you, simply purchase a preloaded credit card from a local retailer and use it as the means of payment.
I am dedicated to the dignity that all human beings inherently possess. Therefore, finances should not be an obstacle for services if one is truly dedicated to the clinical work. I do not offer a sliding-fee scale but rather offer a limited number of sessions per gratis each week for those in need of my services if there is a financial need. Please ask about the availability and the specific times that have been set aside for these sessions. Please be sure to acknowledge this request before scheduling your first appointment.

What are your hours?
I will gladly schedule early morning or evenings to accommodate your schedule. My usual availability for appointments are:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fridays 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: By appointment
Sundays: Closed

Do you take insurance?
Yes and No. I do not accept insurance reimbursement for clinical work at this time. Clients may however may choose to use Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA), and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), as behavioral health charges may be considered a qualified medical expense.

Do you have a lateness/cancellation policy?
Vita Counseling requires at least 24 advanced notice of cancellations for scheduled appointments. Your full session fee will be charged for missed sessions not canceled 24 hours in advance. (Unless there is an unforeseen emergency, you will be billed for missed appointments.)
If you are running late to your appointment, please call and let me know. Like in any relationship, communication is key and exceptions may be made.

How do I make an appointment?
I will answer/return your call and/or e-mail during business office hours Monday-Friday. However, you may call and leave a message any time. If you need to contact me after hours or on the weekend it is best to send an e-mail. I will assist you with questions regarding whether my services I offer may be appropriate for you or someone close to you. At that time we can also discuss scheduling, fees, and any other questions you may have.
Confidentiality is of extreme importance so be sure to let me know the number in which I can contact you and whether or not I can leave a message.

What can I expect during my first session?
Your first visit to Vita Counseling is a time for you to begin to know each other and let me know your concerns. During your first session, you can expect me to:
• Discuss your concerns
• Inquire about your background
• Review policies and procedures
• Develop treatment plan
• Collaboratively develop a treatment plan
• Answer any questions you may have

Can you give me some helpful hints for my first session?
• Bring the forms filled out in advance, that were either mailed to you or downloaded from the website
• Make a list of questions or concerns you want to address
• Remind yourself that asking questions during the session is a valuable thing to do
• Be prepared to pay for the session in full

For your first session, download and fill out and bring with you the Client Intake Form and the Client Consent Form.

Do you do Skype therapy sessions?

Yes

Are Skype Therapy Sessions Right for You?
Online Therapy via Skype can be a wonderful option for people who are looking for help for anxiety or depression or a problem with addictions, but are either unable to leave home or are unable to find a suitable therapist locally. Many of my clients live abroad for example and in need of a therapist who shares the same cultural outlook.

What do I do in case of emergencies?
I do not offer crisis services. Please contact the Crisis Hotline at 800-273-8255 FREE (TALK), dial 911, or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room for help.

What services do you provide?
I treat individuals and couples, 18 years of age and older. My areas of competence include a wide range of issues, including pornography addiction.

Why Is Pornography Addiction a Serious Problem?
Pornography provides a high-quality imitation of the sensual delight of sex. Rather than experiencing sexual and emotional pleasure as part of a meaningful relationship with a real person, the pornography addict deceives themselves to substitute arousal through illusion and fantasy instead of a real relationship.
Physiological effects of pornography are perhaps greater than actual sex with a person. Pornography has all of the perfection of illusion, with no physical-relational strings attached. A relationship with porn can act like an affair. It can take time and energy away from an existing intimate relationship. People who use porn often operate with the same kind of secrecy and deception as someone having a sexual affair. When a porn user is confronted by a partner, there is often denial, lying and attempts to cover up the wrongdoing. Without realizing it, maintaining a “love affair” with porn can become more important than staying connected to someone in real life. Also, if you use porn regularly, the mental images and scenarios of porn can keep playing in your mind during sex, making it hard to feel connected and intimate with the real person in your life.

What is Catholic-based counseling?
There are many ways that Catholic counseling is different from other approaches. First and foremost, it gives you the comfort and peace of mind that comes from having shared values from your counselor. It allows you to be able to trust your counselor in building a therapeutic relationship and will not dissuade you from the Sacraments, Catechism, and the traditions of the Church, as do many secular clinicians. In a nutshell, the major difference between secular and faith-based (Catholic-based) counseling is that in the final analysis, the Catholic approach is based on Christian moral principles and God is recognized as the source of all healing. For a Catholic counselor, God is essential to optimal psychological health.

I adhere to the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in my view of and belief in the dignity of the human person. I combine sound counseling techniques with this Christian philosophy to heal the whole person. My Catholic approach does not mean that you must be a ‘practicing’ Catholic to benefit from my services. I will work with and respect the faith traditions of people from all faith perspectives and also with those who do not adhere to a faith perspective.

What is counseling like?
For those who have never gone down this road before, counseling is a process that’s a lot like learning. During the process, people learn about themselves. They discover ways to overcome difficulties, develop inner strengths or skills, or make changes in themselves or their situations. Often, it feels good just to have a person to vent to, and other times it’s useful to learn different techniques to help deal with a given situation.
Remember, many people who call me requesting services do not actually really need treatment. They need guidance, advice, and support.

Is everything I say confidential?
As a client, you are guaranteed the protection of confidentiality within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship. The only limitations to confidentiality occur when a counselor feels that there is clear and imminent danger to you or to others.

How long will counseling take?
My approach to counseling as well as the duration varies depending upon your wants as well as other indications. In collaboration with you, I like to set concrete attainable goals. At the end of counseling it is great to look back and realize what you have achieved.
I understand that counseling can be a big investment of time, effort and money, and it would put many people at ease if they knew just how many sessions it was going to take. I deeply respect both the monetary and emotional sacrifices that clients make in order to make their lives better. Because of that, I do all that is in my power to help my clients quickly as possible (try to keep the number of sessions manageable). The more you put into your treatment, the less time it will take.

What are your fees?
The cost of services can be minimal when compared to the impact that mental, emotional, and spiritual issues may have (had) on your life. Charges for my services may vary depending on the type of service provided and the length of each session. Services offered include individual, couple/marital, and accountability/support counseling.
My fee is $100.00 for the intake session, which typically lasts 1.5 hours. Subsequently, each 50 minute session is billed at $70.00. For those desiring a longer session, the cost is $100.00 for a 90 minute session.
Payment can be made by a personal check, cash or credit card at the beginning of each session. If confidential payment is a big concern for you, simply purchase a preloaded credit card from a local retailer and use it as the means of payment.
I am dedicated to the dignity that all human beings inherently possess. Therefore, finances should not be an obstacle for services if one is truly dedicated to the clinical work. I do not offer a sliding-fee scale but rather offer a limited number of sessions per gratis each week for those in need of my services if there is a financial need. Please ask about the availability and the specific times that have been set aside for these sessions. Please be sure to acknowledge this request before scheduling your first appointment.

What are your hours?
I will gladly schedule early morning or evenings to accommodate your schedule. My usual availability for appointments are:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fridays 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: By appointment
Sundays: Closed

Do you take insurance?
Yes and No. I do not accept insurance reimbursement for clinical work at this time. Clients may however may choose to use Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA), and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), as behavioral health charges may be considered a qualified medical expense.

Do you have a lateness/cancellation policy?
Vita Counseling requires at least 24 advanced notice of cancellations for scheduled appointments. Your full session fee will be charged for missed sessions not canceled 24 hours in advance. (Unless there is an unforeseen emergency, you will be billed for missed appointments.)
If you are running late to your appointment, please call and let me know. Like in any relationship, communication is key and exceptions may be made.

How do I make an appointment?
I will answer/return your call and/or e-mail during business office hours Monday-Friday. However, you may call and leave a message any time. If you need to contact me after hours or on the weekend it is best to send an e-mail. I will assist you with questions regarding whether my services I offer may be appropriate for you or someone close to you. At that time we can also discuss scheduling, fees, and any other questions you may have.
Confidentiality is of extreme importance so be sure to let me know the number in which I can contact you and whether or not I can leave a message.

What can I expect during my first session?
Your first visit to Vita Counseling is a time for you to begin to know each other and let me know your concerns. During your first session, you can expect me to:
• Discuss your concerns
• Inquire about your background
• Review policies and procedures
• Develop treatment plan
• Collaboratively develop a treatment plan
• Answer any questions you may have

Can you give me some helpful hints for my first session?
• Bring the forms filled out in advance, that were either mailed to you or downloaded from the website
• Make a list of questions or concerns you want to address
• Remind yourself that asking questions during the session is a valuable thing to do
• Be prepared to pay for the session in full

For your first session, download and fill out and bring with you the Client Intake Form and the Client Consent Form.

Do you do Skype therapy sessions?

Yes

Are Skype Therapy Sessions Right for You?
Online Therapy via Skype can be a wonderful option for people who are looking for help for anxiety or depression or a problem with addictions, but are either unable to leave home or are unable to find a suitable therapist locally. Many of my clients live abroad for example and in need of a therapist who shares the same cultural outlook.

What do I do in case of emergencies?
I do not offer crisis services. Please contact the Crisis Hotline at 800-273-8255 FREE (TALK), dial 911, or have someone take you to the nearest emergency room for help.

What services do you provide?
I treat individuals and couples, 18 years of age and older. My areas of competence include a wide range of issues, including pornography addiction.

Why Is Pornography Addiction a Serious Problem?
Pornography provides a high-quality imitation of the sensual delight of sex. Rather than experiencing sexual and emotional pleasure as part of a meaningful relationship with a real person, the pornography addict deceives themselves to substitute arousal through illusion and fantasy instead of a real relationship.
Physiological effects of pornography are perhaps greater than actual sex with a person. Pornography has all of the perfection of illusion, with no physical-relational strings attached. A relationship with porn can act like an affair. It can take time and energy away from an existing intimate relationship. People who use porn often operate with the same kind of secrecy and deception as someone having a sexual affair. When a porn user is confronted by a partner, there is often denial, lying and attempts to cover up the wrongdoing. Without realizing it, maintaining a “love affair” with porn can become more important than staying connected to someone in real life. Also, if you use porn regularly, the mental images and scenarios of porn can keep playing in your mind during sex, making it hard to feel connected and intimate with the real person in your life.