- Who do you work with?
I offer individual, couples, and family counseling. I have extensive experience working with adults and adolescents who are middle-school age and older.
- What type of therapy do you practice?
My training is in marriage and family therapy, with emphasis placed on family systems and narrative approaches.
Marriage and family therapy focuses on the various systems at play in our lives. When I work with someone I am always thinking about how relationships, different life contexts, and larger societal pressures might be impacting their current situation. We don’t live in a vacuum, so it can often be helpful to widen the lens and look at problems from different angles.
Narrative therapy honors the importance of each person’s story. It is based on the idea that we construct our own reality via perceptions and experiences we have with the world around us. This perspective provides an opportunity to explore and re-author stories in a way that can bring about a sense of healing.
- What is your session fee?
I charge $120 per 1-hour session.
- Do you take insurance?
No, I am private pay only. If you would like to try to submit a claim for out-of-network coverage, I can provide you with itemized receipts that include insurance coding. Not all plans are the same, so if this is something you would like to do I highly recommend verifying your benefits before coming in.
- Why don’t you take insurance?
Insurance can limit the duration and scope of work we are able to do together and without it I can offer more flexibility to meet your specific needs. Policies also require that I report a mental health diagnosis, which can become a permanent part of your record, and is not always helpful or indicated.
The administrative work on my end would be high and the reimbursement rates are often low, however in choosing to be private pay I can maintain a smaller practice and devote more of my time and energy to the clinical work we do together.
- What forms of payment do you take?
Major credit cards, most HSAs (you should double check with your plan), cash, or check. Payment is expected at the time of each session.
- What will the first session be like?
Many people feel nervous coming in for the first time, so here’s the general format so you’ll know what to expect…
The first thing we’ll do is go over all of your new client forms. I’ll look them over to make sure everything is complete, discuss session structure and confidentiality with you, and answer any questions you might have for me.
Then I will spend a little bit of time trying to get to know you outside of your problem. Simply put, I’ll ask general get-to-know-you questions. While our problems may feel all-consuming, I think it is also important to remember that we are dynamic human beings who possess many qualities that are anything but problematic.
Moving forward, I will ask a bit about why you are seeking therapy. At this point, it is important to note that I will be moving at your pace, not you at mine. If you want to jump right in, I’ll follow. If you need more time to feel comfortable, I will respect that. Usually this goes by quicker than you think, and before you know it the hour will be up. We’ll talk a bit about the direction of future sessions and end for the day.
- How many sessions will it take and how long will I be in therapy for?
This answer will likely vary from therapist to therapist depending on their style and theoretical orientation. My honest answer is that everyone is different, therefore determining duration of therapy will be an ongoing process. We will work together to figure this out based on your individual needs.
In my experience, people do their best therapeutic work when they attend weekly sessions. If we meet less frequently there is a tendency to get stuck in “catching up” conversations, which leaves little time to get into deeper work. I want you to get the most out of this process as possible, so for this reason I am only working with clients who are committed to attending weekly sessions.
- What if you’re not the right therapist for me?
I encourage you to browse my website, read the about page, check out my blog, etc. before coming in. This will give you a pretty good sense of who I am and how I work. I am also available by phone and email to answer any up-front questions you might have. If I feel I am not the best fit for your presenting issue or you need a higher level of care, I will tell you and refer appropriately.
There have been many research studies conducted in an attempt to identify factors that lead to therapeutic success. Time and time again the main predictor continues to be the quality of the relationship between client and therapist – regardless of the model, theoretical orientation, or inventions used. This means that finding a good fit is really important, and realistically we can’t all be good fits all the time.
If at any point during our work together you start to feel that we are not meshing well or our conversations are not helpful, please bring it up for us to discuss. My primary goal is to help you grow, even if that means referring you out to someone who isn’t me.
- Do you offer online or virtual counseling?
Not at this time. I think there is something different that happens when you are physically in the room with someone that just can’t be replicated via technology. That being said, if you are an established client and need to schedule the occasional phone session, we can discuss what that would look like.
- Do you prescribe medication?
No, I am not a medical doctor. If medication is something you would like to pursue, contacting your primary care physician or a psychiatrist would be where you would start. During our work together, I can coordinate care with your prescribing physician.
* If you have additional questions not covered here, please send them my way! *