How can therapy help me?
Therapy is a place of non-judgment and acceptance, and offers clients a chance to focus solely on themselves for a change; this alone can be a refreshing, healing change in your life. Other benefits can include better understanding of yourself, increased self-confidence, better ability to cope with stress/emotions, more effective communication skills and improved relationships.
What if I don't think there's a good fit between the therapist and I?
The relationship between you and your therapist is crucial to the success of therapy. If, at any time and for any reason, you feel like the therapeutic relationship is not working, I encourage you to let me know so we can either make adjustments, or I can provide a referral for a different therapist with whom you may have a better connection. Sometimes changing therapists is necessary and I do not take offense if that is the case; I'm more interested in making sure you have a good connection with whomever you're working with whether that is with me or someone else.
Can I come back to you if I've taken a break from therapy?
Yes, you can come back any time! It's quite common for people to take breaks from therapy and come back later on when they need a 'refresher,' someone else to talk to, or when something new/stressful comes up in their life. Finding a new therapist when you want to resume therapy after a break can be difficult and even create a barrier from going back, so it can be nice to have someone you already know to come back to when you need it.
What can I expect to happen in a typical session?
The first session (intake) consists of me asking a lot of questions in order to get a better idea of what is going on. We will also go over confidentiality limitations, cancellation policy, etc., and any questions you may have of me/therapy process. In subsequent sessions, you will be the one leading conversation by bringing up topics you want to discuss; however, as I previously mentioned, my style of therapy is more directive so there will be times when I lead the discussion if we both feel it could be beneficial.
Yes, your confidentiality is important to me!
While there are several limits to confidentiality (see below), I strive to ensure that your information remains protected.
- If you are at risk to your own life or the life of someone else
- If a minor or mentally challenged adults is being abused.
- If we are subpoenaed by a judge to release your records.
Is what I say in therapy confidential?
If my partner and I see you for couples therapy, can I also see you for individual therapy?
Yes! If you would like individual sessions and would prefer to meet with me I can do so. However, just know that if I feel it would be more beneficial for you to see someone else for individual therapy, I will discuss this with you before providing a referral. For example, if you are wanting to address chemical dependency concerns through individual therapy, I would refer you to a therapist who specializes in this area.
I require 24-hour business day notice via email if you need to cancel a session, otherwise a $100 late cancellation fee will be charged to your credit card. In case of unforeseen incidences (i.e. sickness, death in the family, inclement weather), the late cancellation fee will be waived. Any no-show will automatically warrant a $100 fee.
What is the canceLlation policy?
How much is therapy and how can I pay for it?
The cost of therapy depends on type (i.e. individual or couples) and length (i.e. 55 minutes or 90 minutes) of sessions and whether or not you use insurance or pay out-of-pocket. All fees are listed here. If mental health services are not covered in your insurance plan, or if the cost is still too high even with insurance, paying out-of-pocket is an option. I also offer a sliding fee scale on a case-by-case basis. I want therapy to be accessible to as many people as possible so I am willing to try to work with you to prevent money from being a barrier to treatment!
The length of therapy can vary depending on factors such as the type of concerns you have, what your goals are, and how motivated you are to make changes. I recommend having 3-5 sessions following the intake assessment, after which we will check in to assess whether or not additional sessions would be beneficial, and if changes need to be made with frequency.