What is therapy like?
The therapeutic process is individual to each person’s goals and treatment plan. During the first appointment, I will ask questions about several areas of your life and your goals. We will discuss my suggestions and the treatment plan. During the second session, we will begin building the therapeutic relationship and get down to the work of therapy. Therapy will include exploring behaviors and patterns that are problematic, gaining understanding through exploration and education. We will learn about topics relevant to your needs, then learn skills to manage difficult symptoms. When you are ready, we will explore and process areas of trauma and past hurts.
How can therapy help?
Through therapy, you can learn about your patterns and needs while learning healthier ways to meet your needs. Therapy is evidence based, with research supporting its efficacy in resolving mental health symptoms.
What type of therapy do you use?
Depending on the goals and the individual, I may utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, solution focused brief therapy, internal family systems, polyvagal theory and various other evidence based targeted therapies. For trauma work with young people, I am certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
What does it mean for therapy to be confidential?
Nothing you share will be shared with anyone else without your explicit permission, even if you are under 18. There are rare times confidentiality would need to breached without your permission, including if you or others are at significant risk of harm.
Children and teens have rights to confidentiality too!
Parents may be included in treatment but do not get to automatically know what is said in treatment.
What if I don’t want to talk about something?
This is your treatment; you are in control of what topics we cover. Your boundaries will be respected. Openness and honesty aid the therapeutic process, but progress can be made without forcing yourself to share things you don’t feel ready to share.
How long will I need therapy?
The length of time spent in therapy is individual, based upon symptoms, goals, frequency of appointments and your willingness to engage honestly. Trauma therapy typically takes a bit longer, due to complexity and needs. For a solution focused short term approach, 3-6 months is typical; for folx that prefer a longer relationship with complex goals, 6-24 months is expected.
How much does therapy cost?
My standard session fee is $150 per session.
Your cost out of pocket may be significantly less if you have insurance.
There are additional charges for court appearances, report writing and collaborations.
How long do sessions last?
Standard sessions last 45-55 minutes.
Do you take insurance?
I am in network with several insurance companies, including Anthem/BCBS, Aetna, United Healthcare, and Gateway. If I am out of network, I will bill full cost and provide you a superbill that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement.
I advise all current and potential clients to call their insurance company once we schedule an appointment and ask THESE QUESTIONS.