What is your cost per session?
I charge $200 for Individual Therapy sessions, and $225 for Couples and Family Therapy Sessions.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not accept insurance. However, I do provide all of my clients with monthly itemized medical bills (also known as Superbills). So, those wanting to be reimbursed by their Insurance Provider for out-of-network mental health benefits can submit it for review. My clients who do so, usually receive partial to full reimbursement. I also recommend you contacting your Insurance Provider to determine if you have out-of-network mental health benefits.
What is the session length?
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length for Individuals, Couples, and Families.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. It takes courage to know when to ask for help. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before. Perhaps your reasons for now seeking therapy feel overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to build upon them as we focus on your goals for therapy.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you learn more about yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing [your] business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of overwhelming emotions and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, they too might become distressed. There is also the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
How does Therapy work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will vary depending on the reasons for which you’re seeking help. In therapy, you can expect me to be warm, direct, and engaging. Yet, I challenge you when needed, since you are investing your time and money. I also tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs, having had various specialized training. You can expect us to explore, identify, and process your understanding of your mind, body, emotions, behaviors, life experiences, and needs. We also give attention to destructive patterns that keep you from living the life you desire. However, I don’t expect you to always have content to talk about. That’s where I come in. I reflect on our sessions ahead of time and know what to bring to your attention. Additionally, I’m actively engaged in our sessions, which means that talk therapy isn’t its limit. We can also use our sessions to actively engage in activities of skill-building so that you are equipped with healthy coping skills to use outside of therapy.
How long does Therapy last?
The length of time that clients engage in therapy differs depending on the circumstance. Your length of time in therapy will reflect your reasons for seeking therapy, the goals that you want to accomplish, your level of functioning, how motivated you are to do the work in and out of our weekly sessions, whether or not there are past traumas, and how deeply rooted your challenges are. On average, I see clients for at least three months. I believe you’re worth more than a quick “fix it” and you deserve to learn and build upon healthier coping skills.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the depths of your issues, dig deep into your emotions and behaviors, and develop practices that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. However, when needed, medication can be effective in conjunction to psychotherapy.
Do you provide Online Video Counseling and if so, is it confidential?
Absolutely! I conduct online video counseling on a secure device in a remote office setting. I utilize a reliable platform and encourage clients to download the free software. Additionally, I comply with data privacy and security provisions to safeguard your medical information. I also encourage clients to find a safe and secure place to engage in our online sessions, so they too can ensure privacy. Lastly, online video counseling sessions do not require any special device equipment. Clients have the option of downloading the software onto their smartphones or laptops for use. Then, I initiate contact during our session time, by selecting your email address. After all, what can make video online counseling just as effective as in-person therapy, is the quality of the therapeutic bond between the therapist and client.
**As of November 2020, my practice has transitioned to a long-term virtual practice, after recognizing how effective it continues to be in the lives of clients, and the flexibility it offers.**