What should I look for in a therapist?
The most important factor in your therapy is the goodness of fit in the relationship with your therapist. If we met and I am not the right therapist for you or your family, I will work with you to make an appropriate referral.
Does it seem like the therapist truly cares about you and your problems?
Do you feel the therapist understands you?
Does the therapist accept you for who you are?
Would you feel comfortable revealing personal information to this person?
Do you feel you can be honest and open with this therapist? That you don't have to pretend to be someone you are not?
Is the therapist a good listener? Does he or she listen without interrupting, criticizing or judging? Pick up on your feelings and what you are really saying? Make you feel heard?
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
When you make your initial call, we will spend time discussing your specific concerns and see how I will be able to help you. From there, we will set up your first appointment.
You will make the decision if you want to be seen face-to face in my office or if you wish to be seen virtually. From there I will send you some intial paperwork to help you get acclimated to my policies and procedures as well as some information to get to know you better.
If you opt to do Telehealth, a HIPPA compliant link will be sent to you prior to our first session. All you need is a strong internet connection and privacy. Some people do Telehealth in their bedrooms and some even go into their cars to ensure privacy. On the date and time of your appointment you will connect through the secure site and we will both see each other through video and start the process from there. While I am conducting Telehealth, your privacy is of the utmost importance, you can be assured I am in in my private office during our sessions.
If you are more comfortable with face-to-face therapy, our first session will be in my office.
For many people getting started with therapy can be a little intimidating. Don't worry, this is normal and to be expected. The first few session we are going to get to know each other and will give me the chance to begin to truly understand the challenges you are currently facing.
What do you need to do? Come to therapy with honesty and openness. What can you expect from me? A space of safety, peace and to have your experience and emotions validated. Therapy takes time, so don't worry, there is no right or wrong way to engage in the process!
Is family therapy part of my adolescents therapy?
Definitely. When I am seeing a child individually, I also see the family during the same timeframe. Some weeks it may be for a few minutes at the beginning or the end of the session, other times it is for a separate family session. I generally meet with the parents alone for the first session to be able to learn more about your child and for you to speak freely with me about your concerns.
How can therapy help me or my child?
In therapy, your child can expect to recieve undivided adult attention and unconditional positive regard. Therapy can be a safe place to express uncomfortable feelings, and have a neutral adult that your teen can talk about otherwise charged topics. A session can be an opportunity to "be in charge" and explore themes of independance and power/control and more.
Therapy can help you cope with feelings, problem solve and change behavior patterns that may be contributing to your symptoms. This process not only helps you understand subtle and often unnoticed emotions, but can also help you to manage strong and often uncomfortable feelings more effectively.
Talk therapy is not just "talking about your problems"; it is also working towards solutions. You might be encouraged to look at things from a new perspective or learn new ways to react to events and relationships.
What are you fees?
FREE 15 minute phone consultation
$225 Initial evaluation
$175 for individual or family sessions
Cancelation policy: Please provide 24 hours notice if you cannot keep your scheduled appointment to avoid a $50 cancellation fee.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not participate in any insurance plans, but if you have out of network benefits, you may be eligible to submit for reimbursment. This means your insurance may reiumburse you a percentage of any out-of-pocket costs determined by your plans coverage. I recommend you call your insurance provider to understand your specific out of network mental health benefits.
How long is each therapy session?
Typically therapy sessions last 45 minutes to 1 hour.
How long should I expect to be in therapy?
That is a great question, but not a simple one to answer. Everyone's circumstances are unique and the length of time it will take to 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. As we work together, I will continually check to ensure that being in therapy still feels right to you. We will work together to wrap things up when you feel ready and more equipped to handle strong emotions and relationship challenges.