Is therapy right for me?
Participating in therapy is an important decision! There are many misconceptions about who goes to therapy and why people choose to seek help. Most clients are ordinary people who deal with everyday issues and pursue therapy for any number of reasons. Some seek therapy to address life transitions such as divorce, parenthood, or loss of loved ones. Others seek help managing mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
What can I expect from therapy?
You can expect a safe environment to grow and explore your concerns. Every therapy session is unique, and your experience will be customized to meet your needs. Together, we will discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and determine your goals. Building on your strengths and resources, we will work together to create growth and bring about change. Working with a therapist can provide validation, support, and new strategies for handling life's challenges.
How is therapy structured?
Depending on the situation, therapy can either be short or long-term. There is not a definitive number of sessions required to complete treatment; therapy can be terminated at any time or whenever you meet your goals. Typically, therapy sessions occur weekly and last 50 minutes in length.
Is therapy confidential?
Therapy is dependent on trust in the relationship between therapist and client. Confidentiality is the cornerstone of this relationship and helps create a safe and private environment that allows for vulnerability. What you share in therapy will be kept confidential. However, I am required by law to report to the appropriate officials cases of abuse, neglect; exploitation of a child, elder, or disabled person; or if I think you are a physical threat to yourself or to someone else.
What is your fee and how can I pay for therapy?
My fee is $125 per 50-minute session, though I do have a few spots available for sliding scale fee. At this time, I do not accept insurance. Clients must self-pay, which helps ensure client confidentiality. Fees for professional services rendered may be paid in the form of cash, check, or credit card.
What therapy model(s) do you utilize?
I was trained in an integrative approach, meaning I meet with clients and tailor my approach to their presenting issues. I draw from evidence-based practices and often include interventions from the following approaches: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT); Mindfulness-based practices (e.g., MBCT; MBSR); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Narrative therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT); and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
You are a licensed marriage and family therapist, and I am not seeking marital or family therapy. Can you still help me?
Certainly! I was trained under family systems theory, which views individuals in the contexts of their relationships. When discussing concerns, I consider the multiple contexts we encounter (family members, friends, the workplace, society, etc.). I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families with a range of concerns and from diverse backgrounds.