Do You Take Insurance?
No, but I can provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance in order to see if they will reimburse you.
Why do you not take insurance?
For me I see several benefits of not taking insurance.
1.) Paying out-of-pocket for care allows us to work on the timeframe that feels best for you. Sometimes insurance companies are only willing to approve a fixed number of sessions.
2.) The notes concerning your care are held strictly with me and are not shared with an insurance company.
3.) Insurance companies mandate that a formal diagnosis be given to them in order to justify your involvement in treatment. Paying out-of-pocket helps avoid having a diagnosis in your medical file that could potentially cause you problems in the future.
4.) Working with out-of-pocket clients allows my case load to be smaller, which means more individualized attention to you. You are not just a number!
How much is a therapy session?
My sessions are generally 50 minutes. These sessions are $120, although I do have some slots in my practice that are dedicated to sliding scale.
What to expect from a therapy session?
Therapy provides a venue where you can speak with someone on whatever issue(s) that may be of concern for you. In session, I will be interested in hearing what you would like to focus on and in what direction you are looking to go. Maybe there's an anxiety or uncomfortable feelings you're wishing to address. Perhaps there is a sexual concern that you wish to talk about. Maybe there's a success that you wish to talk about. Yes, you can certainly talk about happy things in therapy. Actually, it is very important to acknowledge our successes with both ourselves and with others. As I listen, I will also be offering reflections of what I see and hear so that we may both become more aware of who you are and who you want to become.
How long before I feel better?
This is a tough question to answer. All of us have different levels of wounding. Some may be on the surface and yet others may be deep woundings from our childhood that could take longer to address. Everyone's path to healing is different. I do want to be honest with you and say that therapeutic work can be difficult. Looking at our wounds can be painful and we may feel worse before things get better. This is the nature of beginning to look at wounds that we have long ignored. We look at them and realize just how painful they are. But regardless of what happens in therapy, I will be there to walk with you through the pain.
Why do you offer a free consultation?
The relationship between a therapist and client is of utmost importance. This is why I think it is important that a client have a chance to meet with and "interview" their therapist. Your therapist is going to be someone that you want to feel comfortable to be open and honest with, no matter what topic you may want to address. You want to trust that they will treat you respectfully and have the competence to work with you. I would like to give time and space for you to ask any questions you may have about my approach or my work in order to see if we might be a good fit. If you do not feel comfortable with me then you have saved yourself time and money, and can continue on your search for the right therapist for you. I can and will be of any service I can in trying to lead you towards finding the right therapist for you.
How does therapy work?
I am there to be one who listens and ask questions that help you, as the client, become more acquainted and accepting of who you are as a person. I am not there to put judgment on you, nor to give you advice about what you should do in your life. My questions will also seek to help you become clearer on how you would like to reach your goals.
I believe that it’s only when we truly start becoming aware of who we are that we can truly start down a path of change into who we want to become. We are all already working with a wealth of knowledge of who we are as a person. What I would like to examine with clients are the things that go unsaid. The therapy sessions can provide a space in which you can speak, both vulnerably and honestly, in a way that you may not be able to speak with others. This allows the client to be able to learn more about who they are within their relationships (romantic, familial, platonic, etc.). The more we understand about ourselves and our patterns, the more we can work towards creating the future we want.
Who do you typically work with?
I typically work with individual adults who are looking to do work on themselves for personal growth. I work with those struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, feelings of shame, fear, and guilt regarding their sexuality or grief/loss. I work with the straight community as well as with the LGBTQIA+ community. I work with any individual regardless of where they identify on the gender spectrum (female, male, trans, gender non-binary, gender non-conforming, etc.). Give me a call and let’s see if we’re a good fit.