Below I'll answer some commonly asked questions about therapy and how this practice works. Please reach out with any additional questions.
1. What type of client do you treat?
I treat children, adolescents and adults ages 4 and up. I treat the following needs:
ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Codependency, Complex and Developmental Trauma, Coping Skills, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Divorce, Gender/Orientation Identity Concerns & Transitions, Grief, Hoarding, Infertility, Infidelity, Life Coaching, Narcissistic Personality, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Traumatic Brain Injury, Weight Loss, and Women's Issues.
2. How do you treat? What kind of techniques do you use?
I use an eclectic combination of Evidence Based Practices to work with my clients, molding each therapy session and plan to my client's individuals needs and preferences. I firmly believe that having a wide array of techniques and practices to choose from helps me be the best resource for you and I am always growing, learning and researching new techniques and approaches. Currently, I mainly utilize the following therapeutic techniques in my practice: Acceptance and Commitment (ACT), Attachment-based, Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical (DBT), Experiential Therapy, Holistic Treatment, Integrative, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Interpersonal, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Movement Therapy, Multicultural, Person-Centered, Play Therapy, Positive Psychology, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Somatic, Strength-Based, and Trauma Focused.
3. How long and often are typical sessions?
Each session is 45 minutes in length. You will be surprised at what we can accomplish during that time. I don't believe in wasting your time or resources so when we have a session, we get to work and we work the whole time. The frequency of your sessions will be a joint decision that you and I discuss together based on your individual needs and financial resources. Most of my clients schedule weekly or every other week. Some clients conduct sessions monthly. Some choose to "check in" as needed throughout the year.
4. What should I expect during my first session?
During our first session, my goal is to make you as comfortable as possible. After we have settled in, I'll ask you how I can help you and what you need. I may ask you clarifying questions about what you tell me. I may even be able to offer insight and ideas in the first session. You'll definitely walk away from our session with a renewed sense of understanding, hope and homework to do between our time together; because therapy doesn't just happen in our time together :)
5. How long will I need to be in therapy?
You'd expect this to be a tricky answer, right? And it is. Some of my clients embark on their therapeutic journey and have one problem and goal in mind, knock it out in two to three sessions and go about the business of living. Some work with me for months. Some, years. It's truly about your needs, your life, and the type of work you're looking to put into therapy and what you're looking to get out of it. It's something we'll talk about throughout our work together, starting with the first session so you will never be in the dark about our path.
6. How do you conduct therapy?
Since the beginning of this practice, I have always conducted sessions in person and through Telehealth (video or phone therapy). In fact, I was part of one of the first launches of Teletherapy nearly 7 years ago. Over the years, the need and desire for Telehealth has grown by leaps and bounds. As it happened, in March 2020, when COVID-19 became our reality, I transitioned entirely to Telehealth for the protection of all of my client's health. The response has been truly incredible. My clients love the ease of scheduling and conducting their sessions from anywhere. All therapy sessions are conducted in HIPPA compliant ways. For each session you will receive a unique, one time link for our session that you simply have to click and open up our virtual therapy room. It's easy, it's fast, and you'll never notice the screen between us once we get to work.
7. Which communities do you treat and do you actively advocate for?
I firmly believe in the fair and equal treatment of all clients taking special care to advocate and ally with members of communities in marginalized groups. These include, but are not limited to: Bisexual Allied, Body Positivity, Cancer, Gay Allied, HIV / AIDS Allied, Intersex Allied, Lesbian Allied, Non-Binary Allied, Open Relationships Non-Monogamy, Queer Allied, Racial Justice Allied, Sex Worker Allied, Sex-Positive, Kink Allied, Transgender Allied, Veterans
8. How much are sessions?
Initial intake therapy sessions are 45 minutes and are $150. Following 45 minute sessions are $100. Due to the difficulties we are facing in the world from COVID-19, I am offering 30 minute sessions for reduced fees of $75. We can discuss whether this is a good fit for you during our initial session. Sometimes emergencies arise outside of "normal business hours" and to honor that I will offer emergency sessions for a increased rate.
9. Can I get my sessions reimbursed by my insurance company?
Absolutely! Once you pay for your session, I can provide you with something called a Superbill. This will contain the date of your session, type of session, how much you paid, and your diagnosis. No other information is provided on this form. You can then mail your Superbill to your insurance company's out of network reimbursement network. Most of my clients receive at least partial reimbursement from their sessions.
Still have questions? Just reach out; I'm happy to help!