Frequently Asked Questions
Does utilizing therapy mean I’m crazy?
Definitely not. Historically, therapy has been stigmatized as a practice that people engage in when something is “wrong” with them. I am here to confirm that there is nothing wrong with you at all. In fact, seeking out and engaging in therapy is one way to express a commitment to your health and well-being. If someone were experiencing physical discomfort, they would seek help from a physician to alleviate their pain and learn how to prevent future injury. Therapy serves a similar purpose, only instead of focusing of physical pain, we will focus on mental & emotional pain. It is a practice than can help alleviate your experience of mental & emotional discomfort, and facilitate new ways to help prevent and navigate these experiences in the future.
How does therapy work? Are you going to give me advice?
Therapy works through establishing a safe space where we will embark on a collaborative exploration of your past and present experiences. The key word here is collaborative. Therapy is a healing journey that you do not have to embark on alone. I will be with you every step of the way to curiously and empathetically explore the things that impact your day-to-day living. As your therapist, I will act less as an advice-giver and more as a guide. Although I bring to session my psychological expertise, I am a firm believer that you are the expert on you. Together, we will combine our knowledge to find the right path towards healing.
How will I know if you’re the right therapist for me?
The greatest factor that influences successful therapy, is the relationship you have with your provider. At times, the therapeutic process can be uncomfortable, but with the right therapist you will be able to sit with, work with, and tolerate that discomfort. If we determine that I am not the best person to help you, I will provide you with referrals for other professionals. The only way to know for sure is to come in for a session.
How will I know if it’s working?
There are a myriad of indicators of therapy “working.” These indicators include, but are not limited to, increased ability to manage stress and anxiety, decreased negative thoughts and behaviors, improvement in interpersonal relationships, increased comfort in social, work, and family settings, increased self-confidence, and a greater sense of understanding yourself and others. These are only some of the potential benefits of participating in therapy.
Is therapy confidential? Is there anything that would not be kept confidential?
Absolutely. Your rights to privacy and confidentiality are of the utmost importance to me. Additionally, these rights are protected by federal law, state law, and the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics. Your personal information and content from our sessions will not be shared without a signed Release of Information. However, there are a few limits to confidentiality, wherein I am mandated by law to breach confidentiality in order to keep you and others safe. These limits include: suspected child, elder, or dependent adult abuse, threats of intended harm to yourself or others, or intention to commit suicide. Additionally, I may be required to share information during a legal proceeding. We will discuss these limits in greater detail during our initial intake session.
What if I need medication?
If over the course of our time together, we identify medication as a potentially helpful adjunct to therapy I will refer you to a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, or primary care physician who can complete a evaluation with you and prescribe the appropriate medication. With your written authorization, I will communicate with your medication provider in order to coordinate your care.
How many sessions will I need?
Therapy can be short-term or long-term depending on your needs. As we work together to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to you, we will get a greater sense of how long we will work together. Some individuals come in with a particular goal they are working towards and want to focus on, while others are seeking to spend more time dissecting and understanding their past experiences. We will work as a team to decipher what would be most helpful to you.
What does therapy cost?
Individual therapy cost $195 for a 50- minute session. Therapy services may be fully or partially covered by your insurance provider. Click here to learn more. I reserve a limited number of reduced-fee appointment slots.