Deborah L. Shapiro, Ph.D.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance?
I accept Medicare and Maryland Medical Assistance, but I am not paneled with any commercial insurance companies (i.e., not in-network). Many insurance plans do provide some out-of-network benefits, and I will provide you with a statement containing the necessary information for you to seek reimbursement. If you have an HMO, you will not be able to seek any reimbursement from your insurance should you decide to see me for therapy. I request payment at the time of each session. In cases of financial hardship, I may be willing to negotiate a fee adjustment or payment plan.
How does therapy work?
Once we have spoken on the phone and decide to meet in person, we will first have an initial intake session typically lasting about 60-75 minutes. After that, we will meet once or twice per week for a regular therapy session, the frequency depending on what particular issues you are wishing to address. I have found that it generally takes 3-4 sessions to determine if we are a good "fit" and want to continue working together, a decision that needs to be mutual.
How long does therapy last?
The length of therapy varies greatly depending on each individual, what issues you come in with, and what your goals for therapy may be. I work from an open-ended, long-term framework in which there is no set length of time or number of sessions.