Can I use my health insurance?
I am not in-network with any insurance companies and only accept self-pay at this time.
What are the benefits of virtual therapy?
Since the beginning of COVID-19, virtual therapy has become more common. Virtual therapy will allow you the comfort of engaging in therapy from your home without the stressors of commuting to an office, catching a cold, or worrying about being on time. Virtual therapy also can reduce anxiety about safety and allow you to create comfortability for yourself- whether you wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, light your favorite candle, or make yourself a cup of tea. You have the choice to tailor your space to fit your needs.
How often should I attend therapy?
I typically recommend clients to attend sessions weekly for the first 4 to 8 weeks, depending on their needs. As a step-down, clients typically attend sessions bi-weekly. The frequency of therapy is flexible and is amenable to your needs.
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. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
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. As a mental health professional I 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 listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing you business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is 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.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long should I expect to be in therapy?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to estimate. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them, and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
What can I do to make sure therapy is for me?
There’s a therapist for everyone, and everyone will not be your therapist. So, I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation where we can address any of your questions or concerns about therapy. I also share my approach as a therapist and get to know your needs to ensure that we are a good fit for one another.