New Client Information

Before your first appointment at the North Suburban Center for Anxiety, please familiarize yourself with the information below.

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Initial Assessment

The first one to two sessions consist of an initial comprehensive assessment. During this time, I will meet with the client or parent of the client to review their history, assess current functioning, and administer assessment measures. The comprehensive assessment is then used to create a customized treatment plan.

Your Treatment Plan

A client’s treatment plan may include one or a combination of the following: Individual cognitive behavior therapy, specialized exposure therapy (in and outside of the office), home visits, referrals to a psychiatrist for medication evaluation, or referrals to a physician for medical evaluation. Additionally, consultation and/or collaboration with family members, outside provider(s), and/or school personnel may be necessary as part of an effective treatment plan.

Length and Frequency of Sessions

All sessions (except the initial assessment) are 45 minutes. However, a longer session may be scheduled, if needed. When this occurs, sessions are prorated accordingly. Typically, sessions are set for once per week, but this can vary based on what is most appropriate for the client.


The North Suburban Center for Anxiety does not participate in any insurance networks. This allows me to make optimal treatment decisions regarding length and type of therapy without the limitations imposed by third party payers. I am committed to providing you with the best, most effective treatment available. Ultimately, I believe that The North Suburban Center for Anxiety's method of skills-based, results-oriented therapy will result in shorter treatment cycles and lower out-of-pocket costs for you.

Clients will be given a “super bill” with the proper code numbers for diagnostic category and type of service provided, as well as any additional necessary information. You may submit this to your insurance company for out-of-network benefits or save it for your financial records.

To check your out-of-network benefits, I recommend that you call your insurance company. Some helpful questions can include:

  • What are my mental health or behavioral health benefits?

  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?

  • What is my out-of-network deductible?

  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Means of Payment

Cash, check, or credit card are accepted. A credit card is required to be kept on file for billing purposes.


I require at least 24 hours advance notice of a session cancellation. If less than 24-hours notice is given, you may be charged the full agreed upon rate of services. Please be advised that insurance companies do not reimburse for canceled appointments.