FAQ

For more information on how Dr. Goff does individual therapy, walk and talk therapy (will be offered starting Spring 2022), and mentoring, please see below. 
 
 

Individual Therapy

PLEASE NOTE: Individual therapy appointments are via telehealth only on a HIPAA compliant audio/visual platform. Clients ages 18+ only.

  • With what do you help? I provide individual therapy to those who are struggling with a  wide variety of diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment, and PMAD (perinatal mood and anxiety disorders) to name a few. Family and couple's therapy is not offered at this time but I do work with couple's/families during the perinatal period and couple's/families experiencing perinatal loss. 

  • How can you help me? The vast majority of my interventions are rooted in solution focused brief therapy but I also utilize interventions from acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. The types of interventions I use will depend on each individual client. I also use a healthy dose of humor, when appropriate,  to help guide and encourage use of inventions and coping skills. 

  • How long are our sessions? Your initial session is approximately 50-55 minutes and follow-up sessions are approximately 45 minutes.

  • How often do I need to see you? Ideally, we will schedule weekly sessions for the first few weeks and then move to biweekly and monthly check-ins. Frequency will change depending on need and progress. We'll discuss this together.

  • Can you guarantee I will get better? No, however, if you have a little motivation, openness, and willingness to try new things, you should notice some positive change in the right direction within 3-5 sessions. If not, we'll reassess your treatment plan and if I'm still a good fit or if a referral to another provider may be necessary. You are a big part of this process and journey. I can guide, encourage, and support you as well as help make changes to interventions and coping skills to fit your needs but ultimately, it is up to you to make the changes and implement what we discuss.

  • How long do I need to stay in therapy?  Some clients get what they need after a few sessions while others may need more. My goal for you is to get you on the right path- to be content and confident in your ability to handle whatever obstacles may come your way while knowing that you are able to find moments of happiness. The goal is never to be or feel "perfect." 

  • Is what I say confidential? I am bound by confidentiality; however, there are instances where I will need to break confidentiality in order to safety plan and/or alert the appropriate people and/or authorities. This is explained further on the Informed Consent, which you will receive during registration.  

  • What is telehealth and how do you do it? As a client, you will have access to your own client portal. There we will use a HIPAA compliant platform for our audio/visual appointments. 

  • So, since I'm doing telehealth, I can have our appointments when I'm out of state? No. I am licensed in the states of Ohio and Kentucky. Thus, I am only able to do therapy with clients who are physically in the states, which I am licensed, during the appointment. 

  • Are you "in network" with my insurance? No, I am considered an out of network provider as I am not on any insurance panels. 

  • How can I get reimbursed for our appointments? Please check with your insurance regarding out of network mental health benefits. If your insurance offers this, I will submit a "superbill" on your behalf, which is known as "courtesy billing" (you won't have to worry about any paperwork). If your claim is approved, insurance will send you a reimbursement check. How much the reimbursement check is, if at all, will depend on your benefits. Again, it is on you to please call your insurance to verify benefits and how much they will reimburse, if any. 

  • Why don't you take insurance? In the past, when I did take insurance, I found it to be a huge headache: lots of paperwork, explaining why it was still necessary for me to see a client, having to disclose or provide personal information on my clients in order for insurance to "decide," if they wanted to reimburse for the session or not, etc. Several insurances will even put a limit as to how many sessions a client can have.  Some insurance companies also began dictating which interventions and types of therapies I could use or they would not reimburse. This was frustrating and not beneficial for clients either, as not one type of therapy or intervention will work for everyone! Their reimbursement rates kept going down, too. There's many more reasons but I won't get into all of it here. Bottom line- it took away numerous hours every week that could have been spent elsewhere.

Walk & Talk Therapy

PLEASE NOTE: Walk and talk therapy will be offered in Spring 2022 to pregnant and postpartum clients ages 18+ only. Walk and talk therapy will have limited availability and will be offered Wednesdays only at a local park weather permitting.

  • Why walk and talk therapy as opposed to therapy offered via telehealth? Walk and talk therapy has the same benefits as traditional therapy offered via telehealth but with the added benefits of being outdoors and increased physical activity, which has been shown to be beneficial for both mental and physical health. Most clients feel more energized after walking, which is especially needed and important when pregnant or postpartum.

  • What are the risks? Risks will be outlined in an Informed Consent for Walk and Talk therapy should you become a client. 

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  • Is what I say confidential? The same confidentiality rules apply as they do in traditional therapy. However, keep in mind we are outside and I cannot control what others around us may hear, since we will be in a public place. 

  • Are you "in network" with my insurance? No, I am considered an out of network provider as I am not on any insurance panels. 

  • How can I get reimbursed for our appointments? Please check with your insurance regarding out of network mental health benefits. If you insurance offers this, I will submit a "superbill" on your behalf, which is known as "courtesy billing" (you won't have to worry about any paperwork). If your claim is approved, insurance will send you a reimbursement check. How much the reimbursement check is, if at all, will depend on your benefits. Again, it is on you to please call your insurance to verify benefits and how much they will reimburse, if any. 

  • Why don't you take insurance? In the past, when I did take insurance, I found it to be a huge headache: lots of paperwork, explaining why it was still necessary for me to see a client, having to disclose or provide personal information on my clients in order for insurance to "decide," if they wanted to reimburse for the session or not, etc. Several insurances will even put a limit as to how many sessions a client can have.  Some insurance companies also began dictating which interventions and types of therapies I could use or they would not reimburse. This was frustrating and not beneficial for clients either, as not one type of therapy or intervention will work for everyone! Their reimbursement rates kept going down, too. There's many more reasons but I won't get into all of it here. Bottom line- it took away numerous hours every week that could have been spent elsewhere.

 

Mentoring

PLEASE NOTE: Mentoring appointments are via telehealth only on a HIPAA compliant audio/visual platform. Mentees ages 18+ only.

  • Why mentoring and not therapy? In my experience, I have found that not all my clients met criteria for a DSM5 diagnosis and what they were looking for was more of a life coach to help with achieving personal and professional goals. Others may call this life coaching, which it is; however, I prefer the term "mentor," as I feel it better describes the nature of the relationship. 

  • How is mentoring different than therapy? With mentoring, the relationship will focus on developing you and reaching your goals both personal and professional. I will provide guidance based on both my personal and professional experience. We will not be processing your past and how it impacts you today as would likely be done in traditional therapy. You will not be given therapeutic interventions to use, etc. 

  • How can you help me? As your mentor, I can help you problem solve, determine best course of action, help you set realistic goals, and hold you accountable among other things. Some examples of areas I can help with as your mentor are being more appropriately assertive, setting boundaries, pushing yourself to make a career change, working on interviewing skills, increasing communication skills, finding a new normal in regards to life changes, etc. 

  • How long are our sessions? The initial session is approximately 50-55 minutes. Follow up sessions are approximately 45 minutes. 

  • How often do I need to see you? Since mentoring is less formal, this will be more up to you and what you feel you need. Often, mentoring is a long term relationship but we may not need to schedule an appointment every week. We may have an appointment once a month or once every few months. 

  • Can you guarantee my success? No, I cannot guarantee success such as I cannot guarantee you will land your dream job, etc. However, we will work together and I will offer you advice and suggestions based on my personal and professional experiences. My background in psychology will also aid in helping you work towards your goals.

  • How long do I need to stay in the mentor/mentee relationship?  Some mentees get what they need after a few appointments while others may need more. Again, the mentoring relationship is typically more long term but frequency of appointments are usually less than that of traditional therapy. 

  • Is what I say confidential? Even though my role with you will be as a mentor and not a psychologist, I am still a mandated reporter. Thus, if you were to inform me of something I am legally required to report, then I will. This is explained further on the Mandated Reporter Form you will receive should you become a mentee. 

  • What is telehealth and how do you do it? As a mentee, you will have access to your own client portal. There we will use a HIPAA compliant platform for our audio/visual appointments. 

  • So, since I'm doing telehealth and I'm a mentee, I can have our appointments when I'm out of state or if I live in another state? Yes, since I am acting as a mentor and not a psychologist in this role, you do not need to be in the states in which I am licensed as a psychologist in order for us to have our appointments. Again, in this role, I am your mentor not psychologist. Thus, you can be in-state or out-of-state. 

  • Does insurance reimburse for mentoring? No, insurance does not reimburse for mentoring. Thus, I cannot submit a "superbill" to insurance on your behalf. This will be an out of pocket cost.