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, a sense of well-being, emotional health, an overall better sense of self and improved interactions with others. 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. If you're like most of my clients, you've invested a lot of energy, time and money into your education, home life, career goals and physical health. And you, as well, value self-care as you know that your core is what will keep carrying you through life. This investment is a 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 works best within the context of a caring, trusting relationship and, based on research, as well as my experience, it takes consistency that weekly sessions provide to create a steady, containing space. This outline is what allows us to deepen the therapy work and 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 identiy, struggles in work-life, seeking more intimacy and connection in love relationships, acquiring emotional freedom from anxiety or depression, and adding more ease and joy in their daily lives. They often have an idea of what life would look like, but don't have a sense of how to get 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 this space, the world slows down. Together, we curiously explore, understand and shift patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are keeping you stuck or holding you back from living the life you desire. My style is warm, inviting and engaging. As well, at the right times, I gently challenge you with direct focused insights, to help you move through and past old blockages. Since I am an attachment-focused, relational therapist, I believe that it is through early relationships that specific patterns got established, and certain wounding were experienced. Because of that, is only through the context of a secure relationship that the wounding and patterning can gently be identified, healed and shifted. In our work together, we uncover the issues beneath the surface to help you work through the struggles you experience outside the therapy room. 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).