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What is Your Fee?
I charge $150 for individuals as well as couples for 50-minute sessions.  If you wish to have a longer session, we can discuss that. I accept all major credit cards as well as checks and cash.

Do you accept any insurance?
I do not directly accept insurance plans, but if you have a PPO plan (your card will often state if it is a PPO or HMO), you might be able to receive reimbursement.

I can provide you with “superbills” which are statements you can send to your insurance for “out-of-network” coverage.  When you call your insurance, I advise asking the following questions:

1) What is my deductible in regards to out-of-network psychotherapy from an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist?
2) How much might I be reimbursed for each therapy session?
3) How many out-of-network therapy sessions are covered each year?

My interest is for your right to confidentiality and the time you commit, both of which insurance undermines for mental health specifically, with their requests for diagnoses and sometimes treatment information and arbitrary limits to number of sessions.

Are you available on weekends?
Yes!  I am happily able to have Saturday hours available for therapy clients.  Virtually through video, I’m able to meet Sundays.  Please let me know your schedule and we will work it out!

How does therapy work?
My way of doing therapy is designed to alleviate your troubles and does so in a collaborative and safe setting where you are able to share and ask me questions knowing confidentiality is upheld in the highest regard.  Your goals and my approach to helping you will be clarified.  I work collaboratively and empathically to understand your strengths and concerns. Sharing this information with me is a process so you can feel relief in a safe setting. I will check in with you as part of my responsibility to respect what you want out of therapy.  Sessions are tailored to you, meaning I see and respect you for who you are.  True compassion and caring in a safe and confidential space are among my top priorities!

How long does therapy take?
The time frame of therapy varies for each person.  In my approach, I seek to help you find deeper meaning beyond the issues you bring in so that you can attain deeper insight on a variety of issues.
I work with you for as long as the therapy is beneficial. What you need is going to be different than what another person desires. During our sessions, I will continue to ask you how you feel about our work together and at any time you can bring up questions and curiosities. You are the expert of your own life. I will never tell you to be in therapy longer than you desire.

What do you mean by being Affirmative?
Being Affirmative refers to being not only tolerant of clients but also welcoming of their presence and what they have to share.  Never will judgement be allowed in the room when I work with you.  Being Affirmative means I validate your experience as real and do not shame you.  Unfortunately, there are therapists who do not understand that merely tolerating a client’s life is not enough for safety and trust to be established.

Do you see straight clients?
Yes, a large portion of my client base identifies as heterosexual.  I offer therapy to you regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

How long is each session?
Typically, sessions are 50-minutes long and occur once a week.  If you wish to have longer sessions, this can be negotiated either at the start of seeing each other or in the process of our work together.  I have learned that sticking to a consistent time frame is important for the therapeutic alliance, but that sometimes a longer session, or more frequent sessions can be helpful.

Common Doubts about Therapy

I am here, and I am ready to help. I know that the decision to seek help can be a very difficult one.  I have listed common concerns about therapy to address myths and questions often as a result from what society wrongly tells us therapy is.  Unfortunately, society stigmatizes therapy as being a sign that one is struggling from diagnosable conditions.  You do not need to be suffering from a certain pathology to want clarity in your life.  I serve as a neutral third party to help guide you to discover the answers that are best for you.

“Wait, you are hard-of-hearing!  Won’t that interfere with our therapy?”

I can guarantee you that my hearing devices (hearing aid and cochlear implant) allow me to understand what you say.  I have had years of therapeutic experience and it has never been an obstacle or a barrier to effective therapy.  In fact, I listen more closely as a result of my years of practice.  Clients often have told me they feel more deeply than with their past therapists.  I concur and say you will likely be heard more deeply than with other therapists.

“I’m afraid you won’t respond to me and will just sit there without helping me.”

People think of a therapist as someone who just asks how they feel and doesn’t share feedback.  Some therapists follow that style, but I give feedback and my interpretation of what you are saying to ensure I have understood you correctly. I am compassionate and transparent with you.  There’s a myth that therapists have all the answers.  No, we don’t, but we can help guide you to find the right solutions.  We offer a compassionate ear for your benefit. Some stigmas are a result of some therapists who haven’t acted ethically and have created environments where clients are ashamed and degraded.  I do not operate that way.  Clients don’t always get better from therapy, but my job is to ensure if there’s not a benefit, to refer you either to a resource that would be a better alternative or to a therapist that would be a better fit.

“I’m afraid you will discover something is terribly wrong with me.  I don’t want you to think I’m defective.”

As a therapist, I can guarantee you that every one of us has had a fear of being a bad person or defective in some way.  The fact that you’re worried is actually a sign that you’re ready to try therapy.  I don’t believe that anyone is truly defective.  It’s a common distortion promoted by our society.  If you’re not worried about being defective, it’s likely you’re concerned about another area, and are seeking help for that.  You’ve found exactly what you need by coming here and reading this.

“I’m worried I won’t like therapy, and I’ll be pressured to keep going.”

Therapists need to be aware of when a client is not benefiting.  There must be a willingness on the part of the therapist to ask questions.  I inquire about how you are feeling so any fear of being stuck is alleviated.  The process is courageous and the therapy space is at times a microcosm of the real world.  So, I’m there to support you through times of difficulty and support you.  There will be times when it feels scary and not comfortable. We will process that together. You can share that with me and I’ll be supportive.  I don’t put pressure on people to keep coming.  I believe the client determines when they’re ready to end therapy.

“I’m afraid of being vulnerable and not feeling safe in the room.  Why should I come to you?”

I respect my clients and aim to provide a space of respect and collaboration on your process to enhanced self-awareness and resilience. We all often fear being vulnerable, especially when we have been told our whole lives to keep our personalities quiet or throw away our anxieties, as if they’re shameful. In reality, being able to be vulnerable is actually an incredible asset as it allows us to grow when we aren’t comfortable.  We can experience true freedom and liberation from the burdens of shame and disappointment. We often fear what others might think if they find out we are seeking help… they may view us as weak or incapable… but nothing is further from the truth.

“Therapy can get so expensive.  It really adds up.  I don’t know if I can afford it.”

Those that are able to demonstrate the courage to face their struggles head on, are the ones that are truly strong. Therapy is an investment as is anything else worthwhile in life.  Fees are discussed during the initial consultation.  I specialize in specific issues as I believe when you come in you need the best care.  The insight you will gain from a trained professional who targets your specific issues is worth paying for.  You need someone you trust and someone who understands what they are talking about.  You also want to be sure you choose someone who isn’t going to pretend they know how to be validating or affirmative of your life, when in reality they are merely tolerant and uneasy.  I promise to never ask you ignorant questions and instead approach my inquiries from a place of curiosity, as I naturally do in my life.  I am also an accessible therapist an one that respects your investment and sees it for the two-way exchange that it is.

“Maybe Now Isn’t the Right Time?”

If you’re struggling with the thought of thinking now may not be the right time, I can tell you from experience that there is NEVER a right time.  The best time is now as the longer you go without receiving guidance, the more confusing the path can be, and I want to be able to help you on your journey! You deserve for things to lighten now, not later.  You deserve to get to a better place personally and get the help you deserve.  You deserve to start your journey of self-discovery today to make it easier to deal with the daily stresses of life.

“But I’m Still Not Certain!”

Please don’t wait until tomorrow or next week.  Studies have shown that waiting even 1 day is enough to talk yourself out of getting the help that you truly deserve in order to live the life of true freedom that you have always wanted.  Call, text, or email me for a free consultation as to how I can help you.  I look forward to answering your questions!

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