Therapy can be intimidating if you have never been before and don't know what to expect. Below are answers to some questions I am frequently asked. Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have.
"What can I expect from our initial contact over the phone, email, etc.?"
When you call, I will personally answer or return your call if I am unavailable at the time. Whether you call, send a text message, or an email, you can expect a response from me within 24 hours. Most often, unless you specify, I will contact you back using whatever method you have used. If you send an email or text but would prefer for me to call you, please indicate this in your message and I will be happy to call you as soon as possible. I understand that it can be intimidating to make that initial contact, and I welcome whatever method is most comfortable for you.
"How long is a typical therapy session and what is the charge?"
Our sessions typically last 50-60 minutes at the rate of $90 per session. Extended sessions can be offered at a rate of $135 for an hour and a half session. Let me know when scheduling if you would prefer to meet for an extended session.
"I am seeking individual therapy. Would I benefit by seeing a Marriage and Family Therapist for individual therapy?"
Absolutely. Marriage and Family Therapists do not solely see clients as part of a couple or a family. In fact, half of the clients I work with are seeking individual therapy to deal with relationship issues or difficulties they are having in their life. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am trained to view problems in the context of the system in which you live and the relationships you have in your life. This means that in therapy, we will not only address the difficulties you are experiencing, but also how your environment and/or the relationships you have with others are affecting you and possibly contributing to the problem or to a solution. My desire as Marriage and Family Therapist is to assist you in creating healthier and more meaningful relationships with others in your life.
"How frequently would I come for therapy?"
Although this depends on you and what you are seeking therapy for, most often people begin by coming to weekly therapy sessions. Once you feel you are progressing and better coping with the issues that brought you to therapy, sessions become more spread out and can vary from once every couple of weeks to once a month or longer depending on your individual needs.
"I'm not sure my problems are 'bad enough' to require therapy. How should I decide if therapy would be useful for me?"
Many people feel like therapy is only for people with "really big" problems or mental health issues. In fact, therapy can be useful for anyone and many people seek therapy when they are feeling like things in their life are a little off or their relationships are not quite where they want them to be. I encourage people to seek therapy before they get to the point where they are experiencing major challenges or are at the "end of their rope" in regard to their significant relationships. Seeking therapy in a more preventative manner can keep you from getting to the point of crisis or feeling like things in your life are falling apart. Seeking therapy when you first notice some difficulties can also allow therapy to be more short-term.
"What can I expect during our first session?"
Typically, an initial session involves learning about the situation which is bringing you to therapy, your family and medical history, important relationships in your life, and any other information that the I or you might deem as pertinent based on your situation.
"Do you accept insurance?"
Currently, I do not accept insurance and as a result set my therapy fees below the rates of many practices in town. You may request a receipt to turn into your insurance company to pursue reimbursement; however, it is up the your insurance company whether to reimburse or not.