Frequently Asked Questions

What are your fees?

1 hour Initial Session/Intake: $205 50 Minute Therapy Session: $170 1 hour Therapy Matching Consultation: $200 Payment is required at the time of service. Credit cards are preferred. You may use your Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) card. I encourage clients to enroll in Autopay, which will automatically charge your credit card after each session.

Do you accept insurance?

I am currently out of network with all insurance companies. I can, however, provide you with a “superbill” which you may submit to your insurance provider for possible reimbursement for services.

I'm interested in learning more - what do I do?

Before we begin therapy, we will have a 15- minute phone consultation. The best way is to book directly online and select a day and time that works best for you. Otherwise, you can email me or call me at 317-325-8068 and leave a message. To protect your privacy, please do not include any confidential details in your email or phone message. Also, please be sure to include a good time for me to get back to you. I try to return calls and emails within 24 business hours.

What can I expect in the phone consultation?

The phone consultation will be about 10-15 minutes in length. During that time, we will talk to determine if we are a good fit for one another. I’ll ask you some questions about why you’re seeking therapy and what you’re hoping to work on. I’ll also ask some questions about your history and prior treatment experiences. You also have the chance to ask me any questions you’d like. If we think we may be a good fit, then we next schedule and discuss logistics.

What can I expect in the first session?

The first session isn’t like a typical therapy session. First, we will review paperwork and policies. The rest of the time is really an information gathering session; I’ll be getting a lot of information from you to fully understand your symptoms, your relationships and experiences, as well as your history. This is what psychologists call a “diagnostic assessment.” It helps me determine the best route of therapy and get a full picture for what’s going on. If applicable, I’ll provide you with my diagnostic impressions and a brief overview of treatment recommendations.

What is therapy like with you?

I am a very hands-on therapist. We will work together to create a plan of action, including practicing skills, when appropriate, in session. Therapy is hard work and you will get the most out of our sessions if you practice new skills on your own. That being said, I want to make therapy as fun as possible. I love incorporating humor and laughing with you!
See My Approach page for more information.

How often do I need to come to therapy?

This really depends on a lot of factors, including your concerns and your goals. I generally recommend weekly to begin and then stretching out sessions as symptoms decrease over time. I use the most supported treatment approaches available and those tend to be most effective when therapy is regular and consistent.

How long can I expect to be in therapy?

This is a tough question and I wish I could give an exact number! There are so many factors that influence the length of therapy that, unfortunately, it is just too hard to predict. What I can say is that because I use empirically supported treatments (therapies with research to support them), you will be given the tools you need to get back to your life. Of course, this requires some work on your part, too, including homework outside of session. I do not want you to be in therapy for a long time; my goal is to get you back to living as quickly as possible.

Why do I need someone who specializes?

If you had diabetes, would you want to be treated by your general physician? My guess is that you’d want to be seen by an endocrinologist, with the training and expertise in diabetes. Therapy is the same way. It’s important for your therapist to have the background and training to understand the nuances with specific presentations and how to apply the correct treatment to your concerns. Eating disorders, in particular, are complex and often misunderstood, so it’s important that your care is provided by a team who not only understands the eating disorder’s dynamic presentation, but also has access to resources and other expert consultations.

Do you treat anything else besides eating disorders, stress & anxiety?

Yes, I do! I am able to treat a wide array of other conditions, including depression, perfectionism, adjustment disorders, impulsivity problems, and others. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you are interested in working together – we can discuss via
phone consultation if we would be the right match.

I'm a teen - will you tell my parents everything I tell you?

If you can't trust your therapist, then what's the point of even coming to therapy? I respect what's called a "zone of privacy" which basically means I won't tell your parents anything unless you are a danger to yourself or someone else. I tell your parents that they need to trust that I will let them know if there is something they need to know. That being said, there may be some things you tell me that I think we should include your parents. If that's the case, then I will be direct with you about that and help you figure out how best to tell them, which may mean bringing them into session. I know that parents like to know what we work on in session, so I often encourage parents to join the last 5-10 minutes of session and let you (the teen) tell them what we worked on and what your goals are for the week. For eating disorders, parental involvement is key to success, so at the beginning of treatment, we will outline where the communication boundaries are around certain eating disorder behaviors.

Where are you located?

I am located in the Nora area, on the northside of Indianapolis, just east of College Ave. on 86th St. My office complex, Executive North Office Park, is located on the southside of 86th St. at the Guilford Rd. intersection (across from the Nora Library). Turn into the office park, and the 921 building is the second building on the right. There is ample parking. Come inside the building and take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor. Enter Suite 210B. There is not a receptionist, so just have a seat in the waiting room and I will greet you at our appointment time. Carter Psychology 921 E. 86th St. Suite 210B Indianapolis, IN 46240