Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance, nor do I bill for Medicaid or Medicare. Insurance companies require access to your records without your permission, they require that you have a diagnosis, and they also regulate the number and length of sessions you may have. For your privacy and in order to provide quality care, I do not accept any type of insurance.
A superbill can be provided for you to submit to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement but there is no guarantee that they will reimburse you.
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 ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels 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 implement them again in what is happening now.
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 listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if 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?
I am not a medication prescriber, so I cannot provide medication advice. However, I do know that medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs
What if there are some things I don’t want to talk about?
This is your journey and you will set the pace. If you’re ever feeling uncomfortable, I ask that you tell me so that we can address it. It’s ok to say, “I don’t want to talk about that right now”.
How often should I come?
Most clients come once per week or every other week, it’s completely up to the client to decide the frequency of appointments. Every 3 weeks is usually a maintenance plan, so a new client may not see improvements with that much time apart.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. 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 therapy in the first place.
An initial consultation lasts 2 hours and all other therapy sessions last about an hour.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.