Frequently Asked Questions
You’re making an important decision when choosing someone to support you. I’ve included common questions and answers to help you decide if you’d like to work together.
+ What can I expect?
My approach to therapy is collaborative and interactive. Our goal, together, is to bring you to a place of greater flexibility; in daily interactions and an overall sense of well-being. We want to strengthen your core so that you have an overall better sense of self. This impacts how you choose to interact with your thoughts, loved ones, relationships, work dynamics and life possibliites. The first session you'll be asked about primary reasons of coming to session, your hopes, your worrries, and any important information I may need to best get to know you and help you. Of course, you do not need to share anything you don't feel comfortable sharing and it is up to you how much and what you share when we meet. It's important to me that you take your time getting to know me, and go at a pace that feels comfortable to you. At the next session and going forward, we begin identifying target goals and areas you'd like to address and begin creating a framework for your healing and growth.
+ What are your rates?
My practice session fee is $250 for 45minute session. In specific circumstances we may schedule longer sessions for intensive work, and fee is pro-rated based on time we schedule.
+ Do you accept insurance?
I am not in network with any insurance companies. I am happy to provide you with a form you can send in to your insurance company for possible reimbursment. That means you're responsible for the fee at the time of our appointment and, depending on your plan, a certain percentage of that may be paid to you by your insurance company.
If you'd like to find out if you have Out Of Network Benefits, call your insurance provider and ask them: 1) Do I have out of network mental health benefits? 2) How much is the deductible I need to meet before I get reimbursed for mental health services? 3) If I do have out of network benefits, what percentage does my plan reimburse?
+ What are your hours?
I book clients by private appointment only. Please call or email to inquire about scheduling availability.
+ Isn't there something wrong with me if I need therapy?
I have utmost respect to those who make the decision to seek therapy as, to me, it is a sign of courage and strength. It is not a sign of weakness at all. Choosing to reach out for support from a mental health professional when you are facing a challenge is a wise choice. It is an act of taking good care of yourself. Just as you reach out to a lawyer if you need legal consult, or reach out to a dentist when your teeth need to be checked, mental health support is no different. You're ensuring that you are addressing challenges, struggles and stressors so you can live your best life. That takes maturity and responsibility.
+ I want to make real changes in my life. I don't just want a place to vent my feelings. Will therapy help me do that?
It's a common misconception that therapy's focus is simply about talking about the past, without promoting change and actionable steps in the present. I, for one, do not take that approach. With my clients, we create a space to talk about your feelings regarding past, present and future, while staying engaged and connected to the here-and-now goals. We use information that comes up to dive deeper; we utilize creative interventions, therapy methods and exercises to make this therapy experience one that provides healing beyond your time on the couch.
+ Therapy is expensive. How do I know if it's worth it?
Therapy is definitely a financial investment. It's a commitment to your personal journey of self-development and transformation. Engaging in therapy offers you a healing space where you gain insight and awareness into your unconscious thought and behavior processes. When you commit to this work, you experience profound changes in your relationships, work-life, health, as well as the way you manage your finances. Those I work with have often already invested significant amounts of time, energy and money in areas of education, home life, career goals and physical health. And when they reach out, they are looking to focus on their emotional wellbeing. You, as well, may be prioritizing self-care as you know that your core is what will keep carrying you through life. I believe that investing in therapy is a way to take accountability for your life, gain clarity in your choices and prioritize your emotional health. Attending therapy to attune to your emotional wellbeing is an honest and focused form of self care.
+ Do you meet with clients every other week? I am not sure I want to attend therapy on a weekly basis.
I can appreciate the desire to come to therapy every other week, however, I only schedule clients who come in on a weekly basis. Psychotherapy healing happens within the caring, trusting relationship you develop with your therapist. Both research and my clinical experience have shown that it takes consistency to create a steady, containing space for the work. Meeting on a weekly basis outlines a foundation that allows us to deepen the therapy work; it holds the frame to helping you create the change you seek.
+ What are some reasons people choose to work with you?
Most of my clients reach out and begin working with me because they are seeking something more, something better. It may be clarity in their professional identity, struggles in work-life, or seeking more intimacy and connection in love relationships. For some, acquiring emotional freedom from anxiety, depression, trauma or negative beliefs, and adding more meaning and joy in their daily lives. They often have a clear idea of what they want life to look and feel like, but feel stuck in what the necessary steps are to getting "there". My clients appreciate my easygoing nature and sense of humor as we collaboratively engage in the work. I'm often told I bring an out-of-town personality with a blend of New Yawk-ness that helps clients across the spectrum feel at ease. Since we cannot separate the person from the work, I bring my authenticity and heart to this work. Yalom, a famous leader in psychology, once quoted something which I anchor my work in. He said " You can only take your clients as far as you've traveled". I too, am a humbler traveler of life and walk a pathway of transformation and creation. My greatest joy is in helping you achieve that as well. I believe you can.
+ How do you work as a therapist?
As your therapist, I work to create a safe space with a secure environment for 45 minutes each week that belongs solely to you. In your session time, we settle in and help slow things down. We'll look at what's been effective, and what's been coming in your way of living the life you desire. In order to create shifts to the stuck points, we stay curious and explore the underpinnings of your thoughts, behaviors and patterns you engage in. I tend to use a warm, inviting style where we're collaboating on your healing process. As we're in this process to promote change as well, I gently challenge you, when needed, with direct focused insights, to help you move through old blockages and into living your best self. Since I am an attachment-focused, relational therapist, I believe that it is through relationships that patterns get established; and those exact patterns impact how you show up to self, others, opportunties and how you engage with the world. Because of that, is in the context of a secure relationship that the hurt and subsequently harmful patterns be identified; and it is in that same space where we slowly shift to healing and to utilizing healthier forms of connection. Often, the dynamics that come into play between you and I guide us. Therapy is commonly compared to a lab where you get to practice new ways of being in a safe space that can then be utilized with confidence in the outside world.
+ What forms will I need to complete to start counseling?
When you reach out, we will schedule an initial phone consultation. After agreeing that we would be a good fit, I will send you a link to register for your online client portal where you will be able to review and sign documents necessary to moving forward. These documents include Intake Assessment Form, Services Agreement Form, Credit Card Authorization Form as well as Release of Information Form (when necessary).