Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I really need therapy?

It’s a little different for everyone. Some signs that you might need some help from a professional are when the way you feel begins to negatively impact your sleep, your job, appetite, relationships with friends and loved ones, or your decision-making abilities. If you find that you feel “blue” a lot, or that things just aren’t getting better or even that things seem hopeless – these are also pretty strong indicators that it’s time to seek out a licensed professional to help.

Why shouldn’t I try to just work through this on my own.

It’s easy to put off seeking out help for something that’s negatively impacting the way we feel. In fact, the decision to get help can actually be extremely difficult for many people. Often times we dismiss feelings of anxiety, emotional pain, relationship stress, or depression as “just life” – even to the point of encountering real difficulty in normal day-to-day functioning. Deciding to take responsibility for your mental well-being and is an empowering first step. It takes courage, but it puts you back in control of your feelings and well-being. Even this small action step of reaching out can have a surprisingly positive effect on your outlook!

What does professional counseling provide?

Professional counseling gives you an opportunity to share, but also to gain new understanding and perspective. Life can be hard at times, and difficult circumstances are sometimes beyond our control, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Therapy helps you set achievable goals, and begin to make lasting changes to help you reach them. Through getting to the root of the issues and learning techniques for changing your unhealthy behaviors, you’re equipped to both regain control and practice healthy patterns for long-lasting improvement.

Counseling can help you better understand who you are and why you are that way. You have heard that knowledge is power? Self-knowledge is the ULTIMATE power!

What happens in a therapy session?

Since the needs and goals of every client are different, therapy sessions vary in format and approach. Sometimes clients come with an agenda or specific things they’d like to talk about. Other times, people have a success story, an emotion that’s bothering them, or just a vague feeling or thought they can’t shake. Sessions progress based on the needs of the client at the time, but active participation and collaboration is important. In addition to in-session discussion and activities, we might encourage an outside activity or assignment that we discuss later (like reading a book, or keeping a journal). Ultimately, the goal is to identify the areas where change or help is needed, set realistic objectives, and to equip you with resources and strategies for both near-term and long-term success.

Do I have to share things I don’t want to?

Certain topics or stories can be difficult to share, and that’s normal and OK. You don’t have to share anything you don’t want to, or that makes you uncomfortable. It’s important to build a trusting relationship between therapist and client so that you are comfortable to address those issues that may be holding you back in life, but our sessions always progress at a comfortable pace for you.

How long does it take?

Because therapy is tailored to a specific person, and the goals and challenges that person is facing, there’s no pre-defined period of time for on-going therapy sessions. Sometimes incredible progress is made in mere minutes, but it’s not uncommon for therapy to span several sessions over a period of weeks or months. Individual sessions are generally about 50 minutes in length.

Is this covered by my insurance?

Insurance companies typically don't cover marriage counseling. Often, they only cover counseling which requires that the client receive a mental health diagnosis. Many people want and need counseling and shouldn't have to be labeled with a diagnosis.

Currently, I am not accepting any insurance. You will see my rate is very affordable and often not more than most copays.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

Please notify me at least 24 hours in advance if you can’t keep your appointment. Your appointment time has been held for you and you alone. Unlike some Doctor offices, I cannot double, triple, or quadruple book an appointment time.

If you miss your appointment and fail to notify me at least 24 hours in advance, you could be billed a cancellation fee with exceptions for emergencies or serious illness.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Yes! Your privacy is mandatory, and you can trust that our sessions, as well as any of your personal information, is always held in the strictest of confidence. Additionally, anything you transmit over our website is highly secure, and stored data is HIPAA-compliant.

Confidential information disclosed in private therapy sessions is legally protected. However, there are some exceptions to this, including instances of suspected child or elder abuse, or when a client presents as a serious danger of violence toward himself or herself or another person. If you’d like to learn more about ethical standards and privileged communication exceptions, my office can provide additional information.

The Bottom Line:

The bottom line is this: I want to help people. It has been my calling for more than 25 years. That is why I do this and that is why I have tried to keep my rates affordable. If you want my help, we can figure out how to make it happen and financial barriers should never prevent someone from getting the help they need and deserve.

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