What exactly is therapy?
Put simply, therapy – also called psychotherapy or counseling – is the process of meeting with a trained and credentialed professional on a weekly, ongoing basis to help you recognize and change deep-rooted and potentially self-sabotaging mental and emotional behaviors, thoughts, and patterns that are keeping you feeling stuck, in pain, and away from the life you want to live.
Do you take health insurance?
Yes, I take Anthem BCBC and United Healthcare. You are fully responsible for checking your benefits prior to your first session. The card on file will be charged weekly for all outstanding service fees.
Questions to ask insurance provider
Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
What is my deductible?
How many sessions does my health insurance cover?
What is the coverage amount per session?
Do I need approval from my family physician?What is your rate without insurance?
Please call or email me for my current out of pocket rates. I can also provide invoices needed for your insurance company for out of network reimbursements.
What is your style of therapy?
My therapy approach, drawing from several theoretical orientations, is client-centered, based on the belief that every individual is unique. I do pull from a variety of theories and techniques. I find Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques are often helpful for my clients. My counseling style is down to earth, personable, and humorous. The growth process can be challenging so I believe not taking ourselves too seriously can be helpful in the therapy journey. Laughter can be a very healing progress in the therapy room. I care deeply about making my clients feel as comfortable as possible during this time of healing.
What clients do you work with?
I work with individuals and families of all different identities and ethnicities from all over the world. While my clients’ professions, ages, ethnicities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, religions, family backgrounds, and lifestyles vary widely, all of them share something in common: they are people who are in pain and who are at a point where they’re willing to commit and invest in themselves and in therapy in order to change and create something different in their lives.
My specialities are working with anxiety, depression, major life changes, Adult children of alcoholics (acoa), school/work stresses, divorce and all concerns within the LGBT+ community.
Is what I share confidential?
Absolutely. What you share with me in our sessions is completely confidential except in the case of 1) immediate threat of harm to self or other, 2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, 3) in the case of a court subpoena. We’ll discuss all of this and my other office policies during your initial intake session.
What is the first session like?
This first session is 60 minutes and is a casual style interview with client/parents (if minor) that is about getting to see if we are a good fit for each other. During the first session, some questions might be;
What brought you to therapy? What do you feel is wrong in your life? What are your symptoms? Some questions about your history, including your childhood, education, relationships (family, romantic, friends), your current living situation, and your career.
You and your therapist should also come to an agreement about the length of your treatment, methods to be employed, and ins and outs of patient confidentiality.
What is your cancelation policy?
My cancelation policy is 48 hours prior to appointment. This is to allow time to fill spots with other individuals who may be waiting.
How long are sessions and do I come forever?
Sessions are all 50 minutes with a few minutes to schedule and payments. Therapy is an individual experience so each person’s length is different. Some come weekly for several months or longer and others come less often. It’s up to you and your therapist to determine best options for you and your schedule. The idea is for you to make progress and not need therapy as regularly as you once did. You are always welcome to come back later in life as well.
Are there any issues or types of clients that you DON’T work with?