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What should I expect from my first initial therapy session?

You can expect to talk about why you are interested in therapy and what you would like to gain. Think about your mental health, what you would like to improve and what that looks like. Feel free to bring paper and pen in case you want to take notes!

How long will my session be?

Most sessions typically last 45-55 minutes. If you would like a session longer than 55 minutes please reach out to me for availability and pricing.

Do you accept my insurance?

I am accepting clients with Blue Cross Blue Shield for individual psychotherapy and private pay for family, marriage or couples psychotherapy. Charges for individual sessions are $180 for the first initial session and $165 for each 60 minute follow up sessions. Family, marriage and couples counseling are $180 for each 60 minute session. I accept most major credit cards, cash, check or health savings accounts.

Do you prescribe medications?

No, I am unable to prescribe medications. You would need to see your primary doctor, an ARNP or a psychiatrist. A lot of people find medications helpful. If you need help finding a medication provider, please let me know. 

Is everything I say in therapy confidential?

Yes, but sometimes I do have to break confidentiality. This might include when you are a danger to yourself or others, or someone is causing harm to you, if you are a child or dependent adult. If you are concerned about these, please ask me during your session. 

Who do you see for therapy?

I see clients 9 years old and up through adulthood. My niche is marriage/couples/family therapy, individuals with suicidal thoughts as well as individuals with trauma.

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 courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

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, counseling 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, and 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 can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 will be crucial to your success.