Frequently Asked
Questions

How do I schedule an appointment?

How do I schedule an appointment?

You can schedule directly with me either in session, by email (KriGoreLMFT@gmail.com) or by text (267-571-8182)

How do you pronounce your name?

How do you pronounce your name?

Kri (“Kree”), a nickname for Kristin, was given to me by my older, arguably wiser sister, and it’s stuck ever since. Please let me know your preferred name. Don’t have a nickname? Let me know, I can ask my sister to come up with one for you. 

Do you take insurance?

Do you take insurance?

I do not take any insurance but am happy to provide a super bill. If your plan offers out-of-network benefits, you can submit a super bill to your insurance for partial reimbursement. 

*Benefits of paying out of pocket for therapy:

By not using your insurance, you will have a greater degree of confidentiality. Most insurance companies require detailed information regarding your treatment and a diagnosis code before paying for services. You will also have the freedom to choose a therapist who meets your unique needs and feels like a good fit for you, rather than having to choose from a smaller pool of in-network providers. Additionally, you’ll have the autonomy of choosing the length and frequency of your treatment.

What forms of payment do you take?

What forms of payment do you take?

I accept all major credit cards (including American Express), Venmo, PayPal, FSA and HSA cards
*Credit or debit card must be kept on file in order to schedule appointments


What if I have to cancel?

What if I have to cancel?

I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel (or need to reschedule) with less than 24 hours notice or do not show up for your session, you will be charged the full session amount. You can cancel your session via email or text. If possible, I will try to reschedule you to a later time during the week so you don’t have to pay the fee, but I cannot guarantee this.


What are the benefits of virtual therapy?

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VIRTUAL THERAPY?

You may agree that the most comfortable space is one we can call our own. That’s why I established my online-based practice, Healing From The Couch, LLC. Whether it’s your couch, kitchen counter, or your favorite chair, you should be at ease in your therapy sessions. 

Here are some of the benefits of video sessions:

-No masks required!
-Safety: less exposure to people and public places during the COVID-19 pandemic
-Comfort: In my experience, people are more likely to open up and find it easier to be vulnerable when they are in their own, familiar space
-Convenience: Scheduling is easier, not dealing with parking, less rushing, ability to meet anywhere in-state. 
-BYOP: bring your own pet!


If I start with you for individual therapy, can I switch over to couples therapy? If we start out in couples therapy and my partner isn’t into it, can you be my individual therapist?

If I start with you for individual therapy, can I switch over to couples therapy? If we start out in couples therapy and my partner isn’t into it, can you be my individual therapist?

It is best practice to see a therapist for either individual therapy OR couples therapy. Meaning, once I start working with an individual, I cannot see them for couples therapy, and once I start seeing a couple, I cannot see either of you for individual therapy. If you start seeing me for one service and realize you could benefit from the other as well, I’m happy to provide referrals. 

Cameo appearances: If you’d like to bring your partner(s) or a loved one into a session, you are welcome to. I call this a cameo appearance, they can join temporarily (a session here and there) and you/your treatment will continue to be the focus. As your individual therapist, I am aligned with you and therefore this would not be considered true couples therapy. If this cameo appearance inspires you to pursue therapy together (couples or family), I can provide referrals. 


Can you work with clients in other states?

Can you work with clients in other states?

Clients who work with me must be a resident of Pennsylvania and living in the state, per the licensing regulations (this doesn’t include temporary traveling out of state). For this reason, I ask for proof of PA residency to keep on file.

What do we talk about on the free consultation call?

What do we talk about on the free consultation call?

I understand that allowing yourself to be vulnerable with a stranger can be scary, and I commend you for that. The consultation call is a great first step towards practicing vulnerability and an opportunity to get to know more about each other and make sure we vibe well. If I don’t think my approach would be the most helpful for you, I will offer referrals. It gives you a sense of my personality and what it’s like talking with me. The most important factor for a successful therapy experience is a good working relationship. If you ever feel like my style isn’t for you or we just don’t click, please let me know! I want you to find a therapist that really gets you. Something to consider when interviewing therapists: do you feel heard, seen and understood? If not, swipe left and keep it moving. 

What can I expect during my first session?

What can I expect during my first session?

Many people are intimidated by the thought of starting therapy. There can be a lot of fears about what to expect. My intention is to make our session as comfortable and relaxing for you as possible. During our first session, we’ll discuss your hopes for counseling and explore what your goals are. Sessions are 50 minutes long. There will be some basic paperwork to complete before the first session, which is all done electronically. It can be helpful to write down any questions you have to bring into the first session. 

Can you tell me more about your education and training? Kri, I need the deets!

CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION AND TRAINING? KRI, I NEED THE DEETS!

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology at La Salle University in Philadelphia. There, my focus was in Marriage and Family Therapy and my training was based on taking a systemic approach to therapy. This means, viewing an individual within their entire system, not solely focusing on the individual. Systemic therapy seeks to identify the deeply ingrained patterns within a person’s relationships and how these may have sprouted from the role you were assigned within your family. Often, problematic symptoms we experience whether individually or within our relationships, are the result of a systemic issue. When one person makes changes (works towards sobriety, for example), it will have a larger ripple effect on their system and the same if the system is changed. 

I’ve also had extensive training and over 10 years experience working with eating disorders of all kinds. I’ve worked in intensive treatment facilities such as: Eating Disorder Treatment Centers (EDTC), The Renfrew Center, and Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists (EDRS). I’ve worked within a variety of levels of care and understand the importance of continuity of care and having a solid support system. My work includes diagnosing and treating eating disorders, providing psychoeducation about eating disorders to parents, families, and loved ones, and treating the family system as a whole.

PA License #: MF000900