Frequently Asked Question
What is therapy? How is it different from talking to friends or family?
Therapy is a unique opportunity to have a trained professional help you think objectively about yourself and your struggles. A therapist helps you to develop coping skills, manage your emotions and gain perspective.
There may be ongoing or recent life complications that you need help getting through. We’ll work together to help you manage how you’re feeling, thinking and responding to life’s difficulties.
Can't I just take medication instead?
In some cases, a combination of medication and psychotherapy is the right approach. Working with your medical doctor will help determine what is best for you. Research shows that the long-term solution to mental health problems and the pain they cause can’t be solved by medication alone. Rather than just treating the symptoms, therapy addresses the cause of your distress and the behavior patterns that get in the way of progress. An integrative approach leads to sustainable growth and a greater sense of wellness.
Is this confidential?
Yes. However, if you would like me to talk to someone, for example your physician, psychiatrist, etc, then you can sign a release for me to do so. There are also some exceptions to confidentiality. Because I am a mandated reporter, I am required to report child abuse, elder abuse, or if I feel you are a danger to yourself or others. Please read my informed consent for more details or feel free to ask me questions for clarification.
How long are sessions and how often do we meet?
Sessions are typically 50 minutes; and are most often scheduled weekly, tho I am able to see you more frequently or for longer lengths of time if needed. Most of my clients have been struggling with challenging situations by the time we meet. Weekly sessions will enable us to work towards your goals in an efficient way. As therapy progresses, we will determine if weekly sessions continue to be helpful or if more or less time should lapse between seeing one another.
I require 24 hours advance notice of cancellation for return visits. If the appointment is cancelled within 24 hours of the appointment, you’ll be charged the session fee. If an initial intake appointment is not cancelled with 24 hours advanced notice, a deposit will be required in order to reschedule and hold the second attempt at an intake appointment.
What if I'm not sure if counseling is right for me?
I offer a free 30 minute phone or in-person consultation to help answer any questions you may have about therapy. I know the decision to go to counseling isn't always an easy one and finding someone that is the right fit for you is really important. If we deicide that I’m not the right fit, I'd be happy to make additional referrals.
Can I bring my baby?
Yes! It’s entirely up to you if you would like to bring your baby to session. Some moms find that bringing their baby eases their mind and enables them to schedule appointments without needing to think of childcare. Other mothers prefer to schedule their appointment when their partner is home or childcare is arranged in order to have time to focus on just themselves.
I know I need support but I just don't think I can make it to your office. Can you help?
I know how difficult it can be to make it out of the house with a new baby; it's even harder when you're not feeling well. I offer in - home therapy to help you get the care you need, where you need it. So if you need me to come to you for the first few visits, or forever- I'm there. read more about in-home counseling here.
Why is your therapist wearing workout clothes during session?
Oh yes, you will likely find me at some point wearing some comfy stretchy pants and sneakers waiting for you in my office. I offer Walk and Talk Therapy in addition to in-home and in-office counseling sessions. Learn more about Walk and Talk Therapy here.
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) came into effect, access to mental health care has grown. While things still aren't perfect, more people are able to access counseling services than ever before. Depending on your insurance plan you may be able to get your insurance company to cover most of the cost of therapy.
Questions about paying for therapy?
Read more HERE.
Do you have more questions?
Call me to schedule a free 30 minute in-person consultation!