Stephanie Kuffel
Stephanie Kuffel
 

FAQs

What are your office hours?

Do you use email with clients?

Will my insurance company cover therapy?

How long will therapy take?

What is your theoretical orientation?

My sexual dysfunction is related to a medical condition. How can psychotherapy help me?

Do you conduct general couples therapy with couples who do not have sexual dysfunction?

Can you prescribe medication?

 

What are your office hours?

I work part-time and am in the office Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. I typically schedule appointments between the hours of 9 am - 5 pm.

 

Do you use email with clients?

Because confidentiality is a necessary and important component of my work, I prefer not to use email to communicate with clients given that confidentiality of electronic communication cannot be guaranteed.  However, if there are unusual circumstances in which a client is unable to communicate via telephone, I will consider using email, but only for scheduling purposes (not to discuss client issues/concerns). And, the client needs to be aware that confidentiality is not guaranteed with email communication.


Will my insurance company cover therapy?

It's possible. Many insurance companies are required by law to provide mental health coverage to their members. Some offer benefits only for 'in-network' providers who are contracted with them. Some companies also provide 'out-of-network' benefits for providers who are not contracted with them, and these benefits are typically less than 'in-network' benefits. Please see the Insurance section of my website for information about companies with whom I am contracted as an 'in-network' provider. It is important to note that many insurance companies have certain exclusions of services they will not cover. Often, couples therapy or treatment of sexual dysfunction is not covered by insurance companies. Please check your particular plan for your insurance benefits and possible exclusions.


How long will therapy take?

It depends on factors such as how complex your problem is and how motivated you are for treatment. Duration of therapy can range anywhere from a few sessions (1-3) to 10-15 sessions to more longer-term therapy. 


What is your theoretical orientation?

My theoretical orientation can best be described as integrative, drawing strongly from psychodynamic, systems, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic perspectives. This means that I use a broad range of techniques in therapy, applying those techniques that I believe are most suitable to your particular needs at a particular time.

 

My sexual dysfunction is related to a medical condition. How can psychotherapy help me?

Even if the cause of your sexual dysfunction is due to your medical condition/medication, the effects of your sexual dysfunction can be far-reaching and can negatively impact your relationship, your views of yourself, and your general well-being. In addition, these consequences can help maintain your sexual problems or make them worse. Therefore, it can be helpful to address in psychotherapy, not only the causes of your sexual dysfunction, but the consequences as well.

 

Do you conduct general couples therapy with couples who do not have sexual dysfunction?

Yes. 

 

Can you prescribe medication?

No. I am a psychologist, which means that my degree is a Ph.D., and my treatment approach is to examine your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are interfering with your goals. A psychiatrist with an MD, general physicians, and some nurse practitioners are able to prescribe medications. I am happy to work with any of your prescribing doctors or refer you to one as appropriate to facilitate the management of your care.


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