I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, on average, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Why do you not accept insurance?
Therapy requires a safe place to grow and change. Using insurance companies decreases confidentiality. Every year thousands of HIPAA violations occur as medical providers and insurance companies communicate. It’s one thing for a breach of confidentiality to accidentally disclose that you have a medical illness and another thing to have a psychological diagnosis and treatment information released. In addition, insurance companies require a psychological diagnosis to be entered into your medical record. This may negatively impact someone later in life. Lastly, using insurance can also mean that an outside company is playing a part in directing your therapy. It is common practice for insurance companies to place limits on how many sessions a person can have and the type of therapy provided. Most of my clients with a PPO plan get some out of network reimbursement for therapy. If you are interested in doing this, please let me know and I can provide you with an invoice.
What types of payment do you accept?
I accept all major credit cards, cash, or check. Most people pay with a credit card during their first session and I charge that card after each session.
Do you offer a sliding scale fee?
I maintain a limited amount of sliding scale spots in my schedule based on household income. If you do not think you would be able to afford my full fee please do not hesitate to call as I am always happy to provide referrals.